I was very fortunate to have been blessed with an excellent set of mentors and friends. To them, I convey my heartfelt gratitude. I came to Waterloo scared and unsure, having just completed my undergraduate and travelling abroad for the first time in my life. I come out a little more confident in my abilities as a researcher, having spent two very memorable years of my life here. Although this section is shorter in length to the other ones and does not have mathematical equations of interest to scientists, it captures one of the most important components of my journey: the human component.