Cameron Hopkins

Cameron Hopkins

Cameron Hopkins - Senior Undergraduate

“When I came to Western I didn’t initially want to study physics.

I had enrolled in the general medical sciences program with the intent on studying biochemistry and becoming a medical doctor.  After taking the general science courses in first year - Biology, Chemistry, and Physics - I realized that Biology and Chemistry just weren’t for me. I really enjoyed my Physics and Calculus courses and this lead me to explore other options in the Department of Physics and Astronomy. I started looking at what courses were offered and courses like Electromagnetic Theory and Quantum Mechanics really interested me.  I transferred into the physics program in second year and immediately fell in love with physics; the courses were really interesting, the professors were very welcoming and approachable, and the people I have met have become my good friends.

I am now at the point where I am deciding where I want to go for graduate school and I couldn’t be happier with where I am in my academic career. I never would have thought I would be where I am now when I was in high school but now I can’t imagine doing anything else.

The physics program has taught me a lot not only about nature and the universe but a method for thinking logically about any problem I am faced with.  If I could give one piece of advice to prospective and incoming students it would be to keep your options open; explore the variety of programs that Western offers and be open to the chance that you might change your mind once you are here.

You never know where you might end up.”