Spring Convocation: Neuroscience Grad Continues Carleton Family Tradition

By Susan Hickman

Following in her family’s footsteps, 21-year-old Anne-Sophie Sack pursued her studies at Carleton University. She graduates this year with a Bachelor of Neuroscience, a program that she says has opened doors to post-graduate studies and maybe even medical school.

Sack’s father, Jörg-Rüdiger Sack, has been a professor in the School of Computer Science since 1983. Her mother Monique earned a Bachelor of Computer Science at Carleton in 1990 and her 26-year-old sister Genevieve-Nathalie completed a Bachelor in International Business at the Sprott School of Business in 2012 and a Master of Arts in International Affairs at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs in 2015.

Sack says growing up with her family abroad has shaped who she is today.

“My experience of living in different countries brought me a wealth of knowledge and understanding about different cultures and lifestyles. My parents,” she adds, “taught me fairness, equity and respect for others and other cultures. My family always modelled the power of continuous learning and sharing their knowledge with others.”

Of Carleton’s Neuroscience program, Sack notes: “The professors are outstanding. In addition to being experts in their field, a few professors took extra time to chat with me about my future endeavours, served as references, and cared a lot about the success of their students.”

Sack did her honour’s project with Paul Albert at the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, where a laboratory focuses on depression and anxiety.

In May, Sack shadowed an oncologist at a hospital in Germany and, in September, she will attend the University of British Columbia to pursue a master’s in Neuroscience.

“My experience in Germany made me realize that at one point I would like to work with patients,” says Sack, “but I haven’t yet decided if this is through medicine or clinical trials.”

Carleton University will graduate about 3,580 students and confer 13 honorary degrees during ceremonies taking place from June 13 to June 16, 2017.  Carleton, which is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year, has grown from a small college in 1942 to a leading post-secondary institution today, one that has provided a unique educational experience to 140,000 graduates.