If 22-year-old Kevin Boczar had to choose between the Olympics and his academic studies, the latter would win out.
While he and his ice dancing partner placed 13th at the Canadian figure skating qualifying national competition in London last winter, Boczar was also deep into his third and final year of Carleton’s health science program.
Winner of the Chancellor’s Medal, Boczar chose Carleton for its health science program and so he could continue his skating at the local Minto Skating Club.
“Carleton offers a lot of flexibility in scheduling,” Boczar explains. “I could download the CUTV programs onto my iPod and watch them at the rink.”
Boczar’s general interest in science in high school led him to a co-operative stint at the Ottawa Hospital’s General Campus when he was in Grade 11.
“It allowed me to see all the different health care professions and it solidified my belief that I wanted to go into health care.”
His years of study at Carleton helped him mature academically and as a person, he says.
“My time at Carleton was just amazing. It has an amazing student body that opened my eyes to ideas and an amazing teaching staff that really challenged me. The professors are extremely knowledgeable in their fields, excellent teachers, friendly and approachable.”
Now enrolled in medical school at the University of Ottawa, Boczar admits, “I am sad that my time at Carleton has finished. I miss my time there.”
Nevertheless, he is more than excited to reap the rewards of all the hard work he put into earning his Bachelor of Science degree at Carleton, by receiving the Chancellor’s Medal.
While he considers he may aspire to become a sports medicine doctor at the Olympics, a psychiatrist or a neuroradiologist, he is keeping an open mind.
“The field of medicine is so broad. I really just want to get my toes in and see what interests me.”