Interview with Irina Opris

Interview by Ana Maria Macarie


  1. Tell us a bit about you. Why did you choose Kinesiology as your field of study?

I chose the Kinesiology program at University of Waterloo because of the amazing opportunities it provides such as the anatomy labs and CO-OP program. Being one of the few schools in Canada to offer cadaver labs to first years without having a medical school made it stand out when I was choosing programs to apply to. My interest in the field of medicine and holistic approaches to health is one of the bases in the study of Kinesiology and has made it an impeccably enjoyable experience thus far.


  1. How do you plan to use your studies to achieve your future career plans?

I aspire to have a career rooted in health and in a clinical setting, the kinesiology program is helping me prepare for exactly this through the many labs and opportunities for application of knowledge. Learning how to work with patients in a clinical setting and to provide basic physiological tests is building my skill set for patient interactions further down the line in my potential careers.


  1. What do you hope to do after you graduate?

Although still a few years away, after I graduate I would like to continue my education in medical school, chiropractic college or a master’s degree. Aside from more studying, I would love to take some time to travel and volunteer in more diverse settings and places as well.


  1. How did the ORCA Student Grant help you achieve your academic goals?

The ORCA student grant helped me prepare for my future from now, with the tremendous help of the grant I was able to invest in my future by purchasing anatomy and physiology books which I will continue to use well beyond my undergraduate degree, a well worth investment.


  1. What do you do for fun, when you are not studying?

When I’m not studying I will likely be spending time with friends and family, going for hikes and watching or playing tennis; I’m Simona Halep’s number 1 cheerleader.


  1. I know you like to volunteer for and be part of Romanian activities, for example Christmas Caroling with many groups . How did you feel being part of this group enriched you? What other events you would like to see taking place among the Romanian Community?

With so many Romanians living abroad, there is an immense joy that comes with sharing our traditions from Romania here with Romanians and non-romanians alike. Although we no longer live there, a part of being Romanian lives within us. Being part of these events and embracing the small traditions that our parents and grandparents lived out reminds of the history of our nation, where the spirit of Romanians comes from and enriches our appreciation of our roots. I would like to see more opportunities for youth to volunteer at events and to ensure that the younger generation does not forget where they came from.


  1. Given the fact that you are one of last year’s winners, can you share with us how you found the application process for the ORCA Student Grant?

The application process for the ORCA grant was simple and the requirements were clear.


  1. What would you recommend for those interested in applying next year?

I urge those interested in applying for the scholarship to really increase their involvement in the Romanian community. We are really fortunate to have a rich Romanian community, whether in Waterloo or Toronto. It’s always an enriching experience to embrace our heritage so strive to take those opportunities when they come, in turn this will help you understand what your Romanian heritage means to you.


  1. Have you considered becoming an ORCA Youth member?

Yes of course! I try to make it to events as much as possible.


  1. Is there anything else you would like to add?

A big thank you to the Romanian Community for wanting to help us with our studies and goals, having you believe in us is something that keeps us going and will keep our heritage alive wherever we may end up. Multumim!