September's Student of the Month: Andrea Jerom
The student of the month for September is Andrea Jerom, a first year life science student at the University of Toronto Mississauga. Andrea has demonstrated strong qualities of persistency, leadership, and determination. She is an Athlete on the Canadian National Team for Taekwondo, and won a silver medal at the senior Pan-American Championships. She is flying to Vancouver next month to represent her hometown and new community at a 2016 FACE Summit in Richmond, BC.
Please describe what exceptional things you did this month:
I am an athlete on the Canadian National Team for the sport of Taekwondo and this month I was honored by the opportunity of being sponsored by Petro Canada and receiving the Face grant. I also managed to grab a silver medal at the senior Pan-American Championships in August. It is truly an honor to represent my country and my new home at the University of Toronto. Also, I will be travelling to Vancouver next month to represent my sport and city at the 2016 FACE Summit in Richmond, BC in where other athletes will join me.
What are some of your goals for the future?
Being a female in a combative sport isn’t easy, as criticism is always given by the “superior” male fighters, yet I hope to one-day change that by advocating females in sport in everything I do, varying from social media tags to public speaking. What I hope to achieve at UTM is to be guided on my path to receiving an MD in psychiatry. I know with all the support and resources the school has to offer my dream is now in arms reach!
What motivates you?
When you really want something, and you achieve it, you get this amazing feeling. That high you get is really motivating. Of course, when I lose I’m a little sad and I think about quitting, but obviously I am able to get back on the horse and I say to myself “Let’s do this, let’s do this again”.
How did sports impact your life?
Being involved in sports forces you to become very disciplined, you learn a lot about yourself and other people, and you realize that everyone has the potential to do something great.
Also check out this Buzzfeed list on how Andrea balances school, sports, and staying fit!