Breezy Beaudry

Breezy Beaudry, UVic student
Breezy Beaudry on Mount Everest

Program: Kinesiology
Hometown: Kelowna, British Columbia

High-altitude researcher. Sustainability champion. Avid cyclist.

Breezy Beaudry trekked to Everest Base Camp to study the effects of high altitude on cognitive function. Find out how UVic has helped Breezy develop her passion for research.

The UVic environment

"UVic is the university with a small-town college feel and a world-class academic agenda. It's a place where you will learn about yourself. It's a place where you will find your passions, where you'll find lifelong friendship, and where you'll learn how to be the best you can be.

"I believe that UVic wants to grow curious, contributing, and collaborative global citizens who are committed to contributing to the overall well-being of our existence."

My community

"Every day, I bike to campus to be surrounded by colleagues, professors and other academics who are all working extremely hard to follow their passion for learning. Over the course of the past five years, I have spent hundreds and hundreds of hours on campus, choosing to stay late rather than go home, and feeling motivated by others working late around me. Being submersed in academia has pushed me to be 100% invested into every aspect of my degree.

"UVic goes beyond being a community, as I count my faculty as family. It is amazing to walk into a classroom and your professors know you by name and who you are as a student and person. When you are not invisible or just a student number, it keeps you more accountable for the quality of your work and it inspires you to want to put your best effort forward."

My opportunities

"UVic's co-op program has provided me with incredible opportunities to learn deeply through employment and research. The people and places I've visited have significantly made a difference to who I've a student, as a person, and as a global citizen. My involvement in co-op has led to lifelong friendships with people from all over the world.

"Whether it was co-writing a manual for a new piece of technology with the research team at Biometrics France (in Paris) or trekking to the Monastery below Everest Base Camp to engage in the study of mindfulness, I hope that I served as a respectful ambassador of UVic and that my contributions as a research assistant served to move the research along the continuum of deeper understanding.

"Hearing how passionate my professors are about their own research made me think of my own questions and ideas I would like to research further. It is my innate curiosity and the incisive question of why that ultimately fuels my desire to engage in research."

My "aha" moment

"Our mornings often began at 5:30am in Nepal. Every morning when my alarm went off, I was filled with the same anticipation and excitement as the day before. My greatest 'aha' moment happened in a place I never imagined I would have the opportunity to reach. As I walked into Everest Basecamp, I was humbled by the surrounding mountains and the scene of scattered tents and ice fields. It makes you take a moment and think of all the people who have walked the path before you and their stories.

"We found the perfect table made from rock and ice that served as our testing station, and began running people through our experiment at an altitude of 5,364 meters. It was here that my 'aha moment' occurred, and I realized that there is truly no end to learning and the variety of settings in which it can be found. Science goes beyond borders connecting individuals from all walks of life.

"A quote by Benjamin Franklin really says it best: 'Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.'"

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