Meet Claire Hall, Associate of Science student

Associate of Science student Claire Hall

Q: What’s your hometown?

A: I’m from Salmon Arm.

Q: How did you end up at Okanagan College?

A: I talked to some of my friends who were going to OC and they had all had really great experiences.  So, I decided to stay in town and go to OC for the first part of my degree.

Q: How did you choose your program?

A: I started in the Associate of Arts Program at OC and wasn’t exactly sure what I wanted to do.  I had always been interested in psychology, but I was particularly drawn towards the biological aspects of human psychology.  So, I ended up taking a few biology courses and really loved them.  My professor encouraged me to consider pursuing a science degree and I decided to do just that.

Q: What is your area of interest?

A: My areas of interest are psychology and biology.

Q: What do you like most about the program?

A: I like knowing my professors and being able to get their help and advice.  I’ve also really enjoyed being able to do some in person labs.  Labs have been so much fun and I’ve learned so many new skills.

Q: Favourite class experience?

A: My favourite class experiences have been in the lab.  Getting to do microscopy and working with fruit flies have been some particularly memorable experiences.

Q: Who gave you the best advice you ever received?

A: I’ve received some really good advice from a lot of people over the years, but the advice I think about the most probably comes from my dad.  My dad always told me that I was capable of doing anything as long as I set my mind to it.

Q: What advice do you have for new OC students?

A: Keep an open mind.  You never know what kind of opportunities are going to come up or what kind of things you’ll learn about yourself along the way.  I was worried, at first, about changing my program, but now I’m so thankful that I did. 

Q: What will you be doing in 10 years?

A: I hope to be a practicing clinical psychologist.  I love working with people and want to help them navigate difficult times in their lives.

Published By Public Affairs on April 1, 2021


Associate of Science

Uncover the physical and material world through observation, calculation and experimentation. Take courses in biology, chemistry, computer science, mathematics, statistics, physics and astronomy that transfer to university. Hone skills in mathematical and scientific reasoning, computer and technological literacy, research and  evaluative skills, analysis, synthesis and integration of knowledge, as well as critical thinking and problem solving.

The Associate of Science Degree is the equivalent of the first two years of university studies, and allows for easy transfer to post-secondary institutions in B.C.

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Salmon Arm campus

Okanagan College’s Salmon Arm campus is small and big in the best ways. Opportunity meets community on campus with a full range of academic and vocational programs, coupled with personalized support and warm campus life with a big heart.