Natasha Weninger ‘16

What was your Question?
What is the role of chemistry in environmental remediation processes?

Tell us a bit about your Keystone project. What was the best thing about the process?
I did a statistical analysis on the predictive variables of the discharge of Fitzsimmons Creek and looked at how this creek will be effected by climate change. The best part was the signing ceremony because I knew it was done and I felt proud to have it printed and finished with a mentor that was supportive.

What did you do for your experiential learning block?
I went to Vernon BC, and worked with Environment Canada at Water Survey Canada. It was an amazing experience. I did mock field work in the shop and then was able to do it actually in the field. My last field day I was able to run all measurements on my own which I felt proud of making as I was guided by such a supportive and helpful supervisor.

I took Environmental Engineering in May 2015 and it wasn’t exactly a field course however we did several field trips seeing first hand what our projects were about; We had done a project looking at the remediation of Britannia Mine and then we were able to get a full tour of the facilities and see how our projects compared.

What are some of the Concentration Courses you took?
Linear Algebra, Calculus 1 & 2, Organic Chemistry 1 &2, Physics 1, computer programming, environmental engineering, inland waters, experiments in the earth and environmental sciences, and statistic 2.

What are you up to now?
I am working as a Jr. legal assistant at Race and Company LLP at the Whistler office. I am attending Thompson Rivers University in the fall of 2018 for law school.

How do you feel Quest prepared you for your current endeavors?
I feel Quest prepared me in pushing me out of my comfort zone many times through my 4 years, and I do not feel intimidated or scared or nervous heading into law school. I feel I have been put through some challenging courses in my concentration and foundation courses and my work ethic will translate to my future studies. I am not afraid to voice my opinion when appropriate and I no longer see asking questions or clarification as a weakness but a strength in an individual, as Quest thrives in the process of questions.

Do you have a favourite “Quest moment”? A great memory of something that wouldn’t have happened at most other universities?
I had very different combinations of roommates each year at Quest and those people and personalities I was blessed to live with would never would have happened somewhere else.

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