Meet Faculty of Science valedictorian Srishti Sharma

A headshot of Srishti Sharma

Srishti Sharma will deliver the valedictory address at the Faculty of Science Convocation ceremony on June 13.

Faculty of Science valedictorian Srishti Sharma graduates June 13 with an Honours Life Sciences (B.Sc.) degree.  

We asked the McMaster graduate a few questions to get to know her ahead of her valedictory address. 

Tell us about a favourite memory during your time at McMaster.  

Light Up the Night 2023! That was the first big McMaster event that I had the chance to witness, and it was an incredible experience that really alleviated the stress going into exam period. It was a wonderful opportunity to see everyone come together and celebrate on campus, and it made me feel more connected to the community as a whole. 

What’s a great piece of advice you’ve been given that you think other students could benefit from? 

A great piece of advice I’ve been given that I think everyone should hear is: trust yourself and go with the flow. Your journey through will be uniquely yours, and believing in your own abilities and decisions will get you through things, even when they are tough and uncertain. At the same time, trusting yourself will also open you up to new experiences, and you’ll make memories that you never could have imagined.

Embrace your own journey, learn from it, and remember that it’s okay to forge your own unique path. 

Is there a faculty or staff member that helped you that you’d like to give a shoutout to?  

Ben O’Connor, acting assistant dean for the Faculty of Science! I have had the chance to work with Ben for over two years and he has always been the most supportive and inspiring person to be around. Ben, your commitment to students and your tireless efforts to ensure the success and well-being of everyone in the Faculty are truly incredible. Your dedication, leadership, and genuine care have made a significant impact on everyone. Thank you for everything you do! 

How do you think it is going to feel crossing the convocation stage?  

This is a tough question. Crossing the convocation stage is going to feel bittersweet. It’s truly like the end of an era, saying goodbye to an important chapter filled with incredible memories and better people. At the same time, it’s the beginning of another chapter, full of new opportunities and adventures. I’m equally excited and nervous for this milestone. 

What do you plan to do/see yourself doing in the future? 

I’ll be coming back to McMaster in the fall for MSc. Global Health through the Canadian Institue of Health Research Graduate Scholarship! I will be working with Dr. Jenna Dowhaniuk and continuing my work with patients with celiac disease, focusing on the transition from pediatric to adult care. 

Read more about Sharma’s time in the Faculty of Science and how she made it her mission to give first-year science students a great university experience

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