Finn McCord, BMLSc 2023

Why did you choose the BMLSc Program? Lifelong fascination with biology and a desire to gain employment in a medical field influenced my choice of the BMLSc Program at UBC. The smaller class sizes and practical side of the program were also huge motivators.

What is one of the most interesting things you've done, seen or gotten involved with while in the BMLSc Program? I’m primarily a visual learner, so histology sections and slide prep, identifying cells, tissues, and organ structures microscopically have been some of my favourites so far. Learning about genetic testing and molecular research techniques have also been very interesting and fun subjects in the lab. It’s very hard to choose just one!

What do you like the most about the BMLSc Program? The faculty and students in the program are some of the most supportive, kind, interesting, and respectful people I’ve ever had the chance to learn with. Everyone is very passionate about the program, and we all support and encourage each other to do our best. In addition, the variety of lecturers from so many different fields of medicine and science has been inspirational.

What is your favourite place on campus? I’d like to acknowledge that I reside, study, work, and recreate on the ancestral, and unceded territories of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tseil-Waututh Nations. My favourite place is not exactly on campus, but I always enjoy spending time in Pacific Spirit Regional Park, whether it’s for a run with my dog or for a swim at the beach with friends and family. I feel very fortunate to be able to enjoy the natural beauty of the west coast so close to where I study.

What are your hopes and/or plans for after you graduate? My plans are to apply to medical school and hopefully continue studies at UBC, or to gain more training to become a laboratory technician. I’d also like to start a family as well during that time.

What are your top two things to do/see/go to in Vancouver? I think if you can manage to get to the top of a local mountain and do some hiking/mountain biking/skiing on a sunny day it’s quite spectacular. When it’s raining, Vancouver has some neat theaters for interesting films such as the Rio Theatre or Cinematheque.

How have you kept connected with friends and family during COVID? I think this has been a challenge for everyone. I guess it depends on the restrictions at the time, but I’ve found that planning activities outside (and distanced) or virtually have been the best ways to catch up with family and friends.

Share one interesting thing about you that most people may not know. I love cooking, and originally wanted to be a chef when I finished high school.