Future is bright for Okanagan College science student

Taylor Weixl offers example of pursuing university in sciences as great opportunity for all students.

  • Feb. 22, 2014 7:00 a.m.
Taylor Weixl

Taylor Weixl

For Taylor Weixl, choosing to start her science degree at Okanagan College was about lifestyle and cost savings but she quickly reaped the rewards of small class sizes.

“Most of my labs only have 10 students in them,” said Weixl, who is just finishing up her second year of science at Okanagan College.

“Students get an incredible start on their university education at the college. Our learning environment with small class sizes and high instructor–student ratio sets them up for success when they transfer to university,” said Heather Schneider, Regional Dean of the Central Okanagan.

“The class sizes are small so students get a lot of one-on-one time with their instructors,” added Weixl.

“I’ve even had the opportunity to use equipment in my labs that students in the second year of an undergrad at a bigger school don’t get. The best part is that all my credits will transfer to university.”

Having been accepted into UBC Okanagan’s Bachelor of Science degree program starting in September, Weixl plans to finish the last two years of her degree and then continue her education after graduation.

“If my grades are high enough I’d like to go to medical school or pursue graduate studies in biology,” Weixl said.

The college is holding an Arts and Science University Transfer Information session on Feb. 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Centre of Excellence at Okanagan College’s Penticton campus.

Interested students are invited to come and speak with current students and professors about the benefits of studying at the College. They will have the opportunity to hear about the value an Arts degree, find out about options for careers in science, and learn about the process for transferring credits to universities in B.C. as well as discuss their career options with an education advisor.

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