A Rothesay teenager recently embarked on the trip of a lifetime gaining invaluable knowledge and insight ahead of her studying science at university.
Zara Henry (18) spent two weeks in June in Toronto with two other young people learning more about science, thanks to the Baird of Bute Society’s annual scholarship. She said: “It was really good. A once in a lifetime opportunity.
“We did some lab work where we got to work with cancer cells. It was really interesting. I learned a lot. I had not had any lab experience before so that was good.
“I’m hoping to have a career in biology so it was a great experience for me.
“We also got to go to a hospital for while to see the process from drug development to actually treating the patient.
“And we did a bioethics course. Where we learned all about the ethical issues that come with drug development. It was quite insightful.”
It wasn’t all work for Zara and her two new friends, Cara Corman from Gigha, and Lewis Strachan from Bellshill.
She said: “That was my first time meeting them. We got on really well. We are still in touch. We went to Niagara Falls and downtown Toronto.
“One of them is going to the same university as me, Edinburgh, so that’s great. I’m doing biology for four years. I’m looking forward to it. The trip to Canada has definitely prepared me for university.
“I just want to thank the sponsors for giving me the opportunity to go there.”