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Dr. Jill (Voth) Roberge '99 participated in a Zoom call with Senior School students. (April 2020)

CAREER TALK WITH JILL (VOTH) ROBERGE '99

By Adi & Leeza, Grade 11

On April 9, 2020, students in grades 11 and 12 who are interested in medicine had the opportunity to speak to alumna Dr. Jill (Voth) Roberge ’99 in a one-hour Zoom call. Dr. Roberge, who is a resident physician in emergency medicine at McMaster University, spoke to us about her time at Balmoral Hall and her path to medicine and answered many of our questions!

She also discussed the admission process for medical school and what universities typically look for in applicants. Highly weighted when applying to med school is a student’s GPA. Dr. Roberge gave us great advice to choose courses that you are passionate about and interested in because you will succeed in achieving high marks for those classes. This was very helpful for many of us as we are approaching university and will soon be selecting our first-year courses.

Moreover, she discussed a balanced work and home life, how being a doctor doesn’t leave room for lots of things and that is something you have to accept. Listening to Dr. Roberge speak about her career, how passionate and devoted she is, was truly motivational and inspiring.
 
In these crazy times, this was a great way to stay involved in the internship program offered to Senior School students. Going to class and learning about ionic bonds or the Pythagorean theorem is great, but it is difficult to explore a career from classes alone. The beautiful thing about Balmoral Hall is the BH family and having alumnae come and talk to us is wonderful as we hear about their transition into university and build connections with them.

Having the opportunity to seek mentorship from professionals in our areas of interest is extremely beneficial as we are able to see what a typical day looks like in these fields, giving us better insights when it comes to ultimately deciding if this is the career we want to pursue.
 
We all learned so much from Dr. Roberge and are very appreciative that she shared her time with us.

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