Sophie Langevin-Belzile is a graduate student of the aircraft maintenance program at École Nationale d’Aérotechnique. On a daily basis, her biggest challenge is to reconcile all aspects of her life despite a precarious health condition since 2016, the year she was diagnosed with Crohn’s disease and rheumatoid arthritis. Since then, she has had to deal with frequent appointments with specialists, occasional hospital stays, and management of symptoms that escalate with study-related stress.
However, this reality brings out the best in her as her health requires more time management to anticipate and plan for her long-term commitments, always in the event of symptoms. Her sense of responsibility is paramount as she must constantly ensure that she is in an environment favorable to her condition, allow a few days of recovery after a relapse, and add regular treatments to her schedule to adjust the dosage and frequency of her medication. Driven by a great need for creativity, her rather reserved individuality has never pretended her from displaying a bold personality. Curious and thirsty for knowledge, her academic choices tend towards non-traditional occupations, and her interests are varied and rarely conventional. Proud to be part of the community of the École Nationale d’Aérotechnique, she participated in each of the school’s open house events where her role was to support the companies in attendance as well as to represent her discipline. In February 2020, the Regroupement Relève d’Aéro Montréal set up a project in which she took part in the form of an ‘’Atelier découverte’’ to promote the helicopter world. Then, in May 2019, she coordinated a fundraiser for the Gutsy Walk for Crohn’s and Colitis Canada at the NAC level. During the organization, she took care of the volunteers, technicians, and musicians recruitment. Thanks to her natural leadership and her talent for bringing people together, this project was a great success. She is currently involved in the graduating committee in which she designs the album cover and helps with the internal pages.