Welcome to my profile, and thanks for visiting!
I’m Owain Ruttan, a 22 year old science student and varsity rugby player at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, BC. Currently, I am in my final year of undergraduate studies, finishing my degree in UBC’s combined major in science program, where I am studying Chemistry, Biology, and Computer Sciences. Thanks to my major I have attained in depth knowledge in many of the sciences, and I am eager to share what I know with the world!
On top of my studies, I have been a player on UBC’s Men’s Varsity Rugby team while pursuing my degree. Playing a sport while attending school has been a very fulfilling experience for me, I was able to meet my closest friends, and make professional connections with rugby alumni in my field. Additionally, being a student athlete has taught me important skills for any university student, such as teamwork, discipline, work ethic, and time management.
An aspiration of mine after completing my undergraduate studies is to pursue a Bachelor’s of Education, and one day become a high-school teacher where I can continue to mentor students, empower youth, and build positive relationships with those I share my knowledge with.
I encourage anyone who thinks my experience might be helpful to them to send me a message!
What are some of your accomplishments?
Rugby Canada player at the 2018 World Rugby Under 20 Trophy in Bucharest, Romania. Rugby Ontario Junior Blues player - 2012-2017, captaining the under 17 and under 19 teams in 2015 and 2017 respectively. High Honors Graduate at Saint Mary Catholic Secondary School, Cobourg, Ontario.
Describe one transformative experience that you have had.
One transformative experience that I have had was moving across the country to attend university. I grew up in the small town of Cobourg, Ontario, and was accustomed to life in my quiet town where I knew everybody. My transformative experience began in the fall of 2016 when I moved all the way to Vancouver to study at UBC, leaving my friends and family behind to get on a plane and start a new chapter of my life.As a teenager this was an intimidating circumstance, and early on I often felt homesick, however, throughout this experience I was able to grow to become independent, make new friends, and fall in love with my new city. I quickly realized that university was not as scary as I might have thought, it is a place to build new relationships, become more mature, and discover how to live on your own as a young adult. I am thankful for the supportive friends I made through living in residence, and playing on the rugby team, who I was able to navigate this exciting new chapter of our lives with. Don't get me wrong, my experience was by no means flawless and everybody makes mistakes, but the most important thing is to learn from these mistakes and become stronger from them.Overall, I am very grateful for this experience. While it was intimidating at first, moving away to university transformed me from a teenager to a confident young adult. I look forward to continue learning, growing, and maturing in my final undergraduate year.
What are somethings you would really like to share with others?
I am excited to share my knowledge about all things science. For my degree I am specializing in chemistry, biology, and computer science, but have foundational knowledge in several other subjects such as calculus, physics, and earth sciences. My goal is to share what I have learned in the sciences with the world, and one day enter education so that I can continue to share my knowledge as a career. Aside from academics, I would really like to share my general experiences that I have had while at university, and I am looking to advise anybody who might be nervous, worried, or even just curious as they are beginning their university career. Additionally, as a student athlete, I have relevant knowledge to share with anybody who aims to play a sport while they study, or to anybody who is struggling with time management as they try to balance their studies with extracurricular activities.
What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about sharing my knowledge with others. Throughout my life I have had many opportunities to share my knowledge through sports, being a boy scout leader as a child, aiding friends with their schoolwork, and other extracurricular activities. My experiences sharing my knowledge has been very fulfilling, and in addition to helping others learn, often I am able to learn something from those who I am mentoring, which is valuable to me. The satisfaction I have had while advising others has inspired me to seek out a future where I am able to share my knowledge with others on a regular basis. A goal of mine is to attain my Bachelor's of Education so that I can become a teacher and use this passion, along with my knowledge of the sciences, in my career.
The University of British Colmbia
2016 - Present
BSc - Combined Major in Science
Pursuing a Bachelor’s of Science, completing UBC’s Combined Major in Science (CMS) program, specializing in Chemistry, Biology, and Computer Science
City of Vancouver Parks Board
July 2019 - August 2019, June 2020 - August 2020
Operations Worker II
Seasonal Worker for the Vancouver Parks Board where I largely performed maintenance work around the city’s parks, and provided customer service for patrons of the parks.