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#YQL Neighbours - Imogen Pohl

Imogen pohl, U of L student & Vp of Academic. Originally from Grande Prairie, Imogen moved to lethbridge four years ago. She started a degree at the Universityt of Lethbridge majoring in Neuroscience and Psychology. About two years ago imogen was diagnosed with Schizophrenia and wrote herself off. Now, she is looking towards a degree in Clinical Psychology so she can help others diagnosed with the same disorder and advocate for all people living with Mental Illness. 


WHAT IS YOUR IDEA OF PERFECT HAPPINESS?

Being able to go to bed at night and think about your dreams and goals instead of worrying about what tomorrow will bring.

WHICH PHRASES DO YOU MOST OVERUSE?
I sound like a living “Vine” sometimes as you can commonly hear me quoting them.

WHEN AND WHERE ARE YOU HAPPIEST?
Whenever I am around people who support me.

WHICH TALENT WOULD YOU MOST LIKE TO HAVE?
Firespinning! I started learning this skill about three years ago. I have only lit my fans on fire a couple of times. I would love to have the ability to spin confidently and more often.

WHAT IS YOUR MOST MARKED CHARACTERISTIC?
What is your most marked characteristic?
How loud I am. A common way that people will greet me is that they heard me from down the hall and knew I was near.

WHAT DO YOU CONSIDER YOUR GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT?
Meeting Julie Payette! When I was younger, she was the person I chose for the “My Hero” badge in Girl Guides. As a kid, I enjoyed science and wanted to be an astronaut. Around this time was her second expedition to space. Learning that girl astronauts DID exist was huge for me. Unfortunately, high school physics made me realize that I no longer had interest in being an astronaut, but the desire to still pursue a STEM career stuck with me. I was fortunate enough to meet Julie Payette in Ottawa in April.

WHAT IS YOUR MOST TREASURED POSSESSION?
Sovereign’s Medal for Volunteers. Less than 1000 people currently have received this medal. I was also given it by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette (see above).

WHAT DO YOU MOST VALUE IN YOUR FRIENDS?
Communication. Being able to voice your concerns with someone before it becomes a full-blown argument is always huge. Being able to trust that if you bring something up to someone that they can handle it professionally and respectfully is important to a stable friendship
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