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Hello! My name is
Alador Bereketab,
and I am entering my first year at McMaster University, in the Bachelor of Health Sciences (Honours) Program.

A few fun facts about me:
I was born and raised in Ottawa! I’ve been playing the violin and piano for 14 years now. As well, I went to a performing arts high school..similar to Victorious [besides the painted lockers :( ]. I’m Eritrean-Canadian, and finally, I’m a fashion enthusiast! I participated in the ethics bowl with a club I founded in high school called Let’s Start Change, a group dedicated to having discussions where we can educate one another while creating a safe space to make mistakes with each other.

I have to admit, when first getting a team together from members of
my club to sign up for the Ethics Bowl, I did not know what to expect. However, what drew
me to participate was the way in which the ethics bowl did not focus on how to confidently
argue one perspective, rather it was about understanding different perspectives in order to
gain a larger and representative comprehension of ethical dilemmas. This was what drew me
to participate. These productive conversations are a model example of how discussions
regarding various injustices in our world should take place. I gained more than I expected
from participating in the ethics bowl. Most importantly, I gained the skill of listening. Our
education system is very focussed on teaching us how to debate one perspective, preventing
us from growing and learning from the points of others. Through participating in the ethics
bowl, I truly learned what it means to have a productive conversation. I enjoyed the ethics
bowl because of the supportive environment. Although a competition, the participants,
judges, and organizing committee genuinely want everyone to succeed and grow beyond the
competition. Finally, the ethics bowl is a meaningful experience no matter your academic or
career plans. As a student who is primarily interested in science, some would question why I
am so invested in the ethics bowl. It is important that science enthusiasts learn to think
through ethical dilemmas that affect all fields of learning and aspects of life!

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