Balancing learning and lifestyle

Balancing learning and lifestyle ~Aidan Lindsay has a passion for two things – skiing and science. ~

She always knew she wanted to get a Bachelor of Science degree so when she learned that College of the Rockies offered university transfer courses she realized she could go to school and continue to live (and ski!) in Fernie.

Though remaining close to home and receiving more personalized attention in small classes were appealing to Aidan, being able to continue to enjoy the Kootenay Rockies lifestyle while furthering her education was a definite bonus. “Being able to ski in the morning and go to school in the afternoon was amazing”, she says.

After starting her university education at College of the Rockies, Aidan went on to complete a Bachelor of Science degree at UBC-Vancouver.  She majored in biology with a focus in cell biology and genetics and completed a directed studies project in urban insect ecology with the aim of contributing to water management around residential development on campus.  Aidan also volunteered with the biological society of UBC. 

After completing her degree in May 2013, Aiden was able to return to the great skiing in the Elk Valley when she was hired to work in the Teck Environmental Department at the Fording River Mine near Elkford.

When thinking back at her time at COTR, Aidan expresses her gratitude for the faculty who helped her along the way. “I am so fortunate to have stumbled upon the opportunity to complete part of my degree at COTR.  There is definitely something to be said about small class sizes and actually interacting with the instructors who are teaching you.  I am so thankful for the opportunities given to me by Doug McBride, Betty Mosher, Jim Bailey and Dave Dick.  They each made challenging courses more enjoyable and paid attention to each and every student.”

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