KIN Senior Orientation Leader: Gabriella Goodger

Gabriella Goodger is a second-year student in the multidisciplinary stream. After she graduates, Gabriella plans to attend medical school and pursue a career in medicine.

Gabriella will be a KIN Orientation Leader this September 2021. She says, “Having attended online Jumpstart due to the COVID-19 pandemic, my orientation leaders were integral parts of creating a fun, welcoming, and comfortable environment, despite it being online. I understand the importance and impact of having an enjoyable and engaging first week of university and I am passionate about making this possible for all the new UBC students.”

She reflects on her decision to join UBC KIN, “KIN is unique because it is made up of a myriad of driven, intelligent, and hardworking people who manage to let their creativity and passion shine through in all their endeavors. The School of Kinesiology also offers classes that satisfy a vast array of interests, from sport psychology to biomechanics. I was drawn to the KIN program here because of its reputation as a small, tight-knit community. Upon entering the program, I was anything but disappointed. The professors truly care about the students and wish to see them succeed. I also noticed that the students themselves share so many common interests and are eager to form lasting friendships with one another.” Gabriella says that her favourite classes so far have been ‘Physiology System I’ with Professor Tania Lam, and ‘Anatomy’ with Professor Anne Lasinsky. She also used to play volleyball competitively, but now focuses mainly on strength and conditioning training.

This September, Gabriella will also be a UBC Varsity Athlete Student Trainer and hopes to become involved in some clubs on campus now that school is back in person. Outside of UBC, Gabriella works at the KidSafe Project Society, a non-profit organization that provides a safe space for vulnerable children living in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside during school breaks. “As an Activity Leader there, I am in charge of providing the kids with a day where they are guaranteed food, safety, and fun.”