Benjamin Hayles

Student in Guelph, Ontario, Canada

Benjamin Hayles

Student in Guelph, Ontario, Canada

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Hey viewer! My name is Benjamin Hayles. I’m a student at Guelph University located in Ontario, Canada. I am currently in the biological science undergraduate degree program, but that could change since life is non-linear! I graduated high school in a small town north of Guelph before choosing to go into the sciences. My interests include photography, music, and fitness. My motto for music is that it must be loud so you can feel it, not just hear it. I’m also interested in travel and outdoors (this picture was taken in Iceland on one of the black sand beaches on the Southern Coast). I believe it’s important to visit other parts of the world since we’re all humans and share the Earth with one another.

The field of science that interests me most is human biology because it fascinates me how complex we are. It is interesting that for such a complex species, Homo sapiens only have 29,000 genes. I hope to be able to apply my knowledge of biology in some way to help others in the future and obtain a fulfilling career. An individual in the science world that has been an inspiration to me is Frederick Banting since he discovered insulin, and is a Canadian who attended southern Ontario schools such as the University of Toronto and the University of Western Ontario. He was able to improve and save many lives of people who suffer from diabetes all throughout the world. He is a world-renowned scientist who came from local roots, this is why I find him inspiring.

As far as my future career goals go, I have multiple pathways that I have been contemplating to pursue. Some involve switching my degree and others involve post-graduate studies. I feel like this a common occurrence for students in their third year of university. A couple of my options for careers in the future are dentistry, biomedical engineering, or a health science professional. These all fall under the umbrella of biology, but are diverse pathways with very different end results. The reason these career avenues appeal to me is that I would be in a position to help others in ways they aren’t able to help themselves when it comes to their physical health.

A fact about me that most people wouldn’t know is that I’m a creature of habit. I don’t like being in new unfamiliar situations and I like to have a routine to follow. One of my resolutions for this year is to push myself to get out of my comfort zone and accept opportunities that arise instead of avoiding them because they don’t fit into my routine.