Shining Student Douhouk Dabbas has been inspired by professors across the disciplines during her uLethbridge experience. She wants incoming students to remember that professors are always there to help them accomplish their goals and to not hesitate to ask questions.

Set goals and work hard to achieve them. Remember, profs are always there to help us accomplish our goals, so do not hesitate to ask questions regardless of the complexity or simplicity of the question.

Meet Douhouk| Strong. Brave. Ambitious.
Program: Bachelor of Science | Major: Biochemistry

What has been your most memorable uLethbridge experience?

I will never forget my first chem prof, Dr. Ying Zheng, and her first lecture. She told us that as undergrad students, we are like carbon—under pressure, carbon becomes diamonds over time. In other words, we will be shining a diamond at the end of our education processes.

What is the most important lesson you have learned so far at uLethbridge?

There is nothing easy, and there is nothing impossible. Complex works help us to make everything possible. Opportunities and chances surround us. Considering both the human and the science lenses, we may have even more possibilities.

Is there someone specific who has had an important influence on your uLethbridge experience?

Many people have significant influences on me.

In my second semester at the U of L, I met chemistry professor Dr. Marc  Roussel. I admired him and his knowledge a lot. One time, I asked him how I might reach the level of knowledge and education he has. He responded, ‘if you stay here at the U of L and stick around, of course, you can.’ Since that day, I have decided to work hard to reach my goals. His comments are always important and valuable to me and help me keep going.

English professor Dr. Christopher Grignard’s great sense of humanity and kindness have hugely influenced my experience at uLethbridge. And chemistry instructor Wayne Lippa has had such a significant influence on my experience. Wayne is always there for his students, and he never turns our questions down.

What advice would you give to those about to begin their uLethbridge journey?

Set goals and work hard to achieve them. Remember, profs are always there to help us accomplish our goals, so do not hesitate to ask questions regardless of the complexity or simplicity of the question.

Favourite class: Analytical Chemistry

Favourite social activity at uLethbridge: Meeting profs

Favourite place to study: Library

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