Meet our student bloggers

Meet our student bloggers

Stay tuned for bios of our 2022-23 team!

Annika

Name: Annika

Program: Writing

Year of study: 2nd year

Hometown: Prince Albert, Saskatchewan

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Get to know Annika

Why I chose UVic for my undergraduate degree: I wanted to live away from home and stay in Canada. The idea of living on an island is very Moana of me and felt like a dream come true (full of oceans AND mountains) The writing program was a perfect fit for me and had many opportunities. Very multicultural.

What I would tell prospective students about UVic: The professors in the arts department are awesome! The campus is beautiful The study spaces are great.

Why UVic is so special to me: The location, student focused community, and professors make the university very accepting, diverse, and community based. The opportunities for co-op and exchange give the students amazing opportunities in their learning.

Favourite spot to hang out on campus: The quad because it’s beautiful in every season.

Favourite spot to study on campus: The SUB. There are many spaces and plug-ins.

Favourite things about living in Victoria: Living by the ocean, good food, and being able to take the ferry to a different province or country!

What I’ll miss the most about UVic when I graduate: The campus and the professors.

Post-graduation plans: Travelling to Asia, more specifically my birth place, to write a non-fiction book.

Charles

Name: Charles

Program: Nursing

Year of study: 2nd year

Hometown: Victoria, BC

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Get to know Charles

Why I chose UVic for my undergraduate degree: As someone who was born in Victoria, I couldn’t see myself living anywhere else! Also, I heard many great things about UVic from my friends and family.

What I would tell prospective students about UVic: There is so much that UVic has to offer, both academically and recreationally. This is the perfect place to really prepare yourself for your future plans, whatever that might be!

Why UVic is so special to me: Over the past two years at UVic, I have made so many good memories, as well as so many good friends. It’s hard to imagine what my life would be like if I didn’t go to UVic.

Favourite spot to hang out on campus: The SUB is great because you’re surrounded by food! I also love to lay down on the quad whenever I need a study break.

Favourite spot to study on campus: I like the second floor of the library because it is a great place to study with friends, and it also has some quiet areas for those times when you really need to focus.

Favourite things about living in Victoria: Definitely the beaches and the people!

What I’ll miss the most about UVic when I graduate: It would probably be a tie between the scenery and the amazing community at UVic.

Post-graduation plans: Not entirely sure at the moment, but I plan to continue pursuing some sort of career in healthcare, preferably in the area of mental health.

Chiara

Name: Chiara

Program: Science

Year of study: 2nd year

Hometown: Hefei, Anhui, China

 

Get to know Chiara

Why I chose UVic for my undergraduate degree:  UVic is a very beautiful university. Victoria is a safe and beautiful city.

What I would tell prospective students about UVic:  My study experience in UVic. My life in my hometown while learning remotely. What activities I will and can participate while learning far away from Victoria.

Why UVic is so special to me: UVic is my first university.

Favourite spot to hang out on campus:  My home, I guess. I am living in my hometown in China right now.

What I’ll miss the most about UVic when I graduate: My instructors.

Post-graduation plans: I am still figuring that out since this is my first year at UVic.

Justin

Name: Justin

Program: French

Year of study: 2nd year

Hometown: Richmond,BC

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Get to know Justin

Why I chose UVic for my undergraduate degree: Everyone in the Lower Mainland romanticizes Victoria, and I agreed with them, so I committed thousands of dollars and years of my life here to experience it for myself! There’s also a big francophone community here, perfect for practicing my French!

What I would tell prospective students about UVic: Our community is smaller than you think, for all the right reasons! I remember coming here in high school for a campus tour and thinking that I’d be like a fish in the ocean, but when I had finally arrived, I realized that it’s like an aquarium – once you figure out where everything is and meet the right people, campus feels a lot smaller, just like home!

Why UVic is so special to me: Location, location, location! I’m lucky to be in a city where it’s beautiful all year round and is tempting to stay in for a long time, but also somewhere very convenient that I can go back home at any time.

Favourite spot to hang out on campus: Petch Fountain! It’s so relaxing to hear the water and relax in the sun (or the overcast). Also, the wifi doesn’t reach here very well so you’re forced to have conversations with your friends. Like, face-to-face and not over Snapchat!

Favourite spot to study on campus: MacLaurin is one of my favourite buildings on campus because you can always hear music, and because of the Education Learning Commons! Beanbags and big tables with outlets, what’s not to love?

Favourite things about living in Victoria:Every neighbourhood in Greater Victoria is so different and cool, whether you’re in Cadboro Bay or James Bay. UVic is tucked in a quieter neighbourhood, but it has everything you need! (And also, deer!)

What I’ll miss the most about UVic when I graduate:Gosh, I don’t like this question because I just moved here and don’t want to think about leaving anytime soon! But I’m definitely going to miss being around so many people who are as excited to learn and engage in the same things I want to. Francophiles are far and few in between around here, donc si vous parlez francais et que vous me voyez sur le campus, dites-moi bonjour pendant qu’on a toujours de temps!

Post-graduation plans: I’m planning to become a high school French teacher and hopefully break the stereotype of grouchy language teachers!

Maddy

Name: Maddy

Program: Writing

Year of study: 3rd year

Hometown: Victoria, BC

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Get to know Maddy

Why I chose UVic for my undergraduate degree: I already love living in Victoria, and there was something about the campus that felt like home visiting it years before I even graduated high school. UVic didn’t necessarily have the exact direct path program I was looking for, but it’s easy to find ways to adapt my courses to reflect what I’m interested in. I didn’t see a point in moving far away when living in a University town gave me the opportunity to attend this amazing campus.

What I would tell prospective students about UVic:You’re making the right decision. I had a tough time with it too. And I know exactly how you’re feeling- I was in your position this time last year. Instantly I knew UVic was incomparable to other universities because there’s simply something for every type of interest here. What I also love is that it’s so easy to find out about what’s going on around campus, whether you’re searching for information or not.

Why UVic is so special to me: I’ve pretty much grown up with the idea of UVic. In high school, so many of my teachers and past fellow students attended the University and were able to tell me the fantastic things I’d be missing out on if I went to post-secondary somewhere else. So finally reaching this point of being a UVic student has felt like a huge milestone and accomplishment for me. It was a long time coming.

Favourite spot to hang out on campus: The big booths at the Bibliocafe. You have to be quick to get one, but there’s something so peaceful about being in your own little island of caffeine and laptops while also being surrounded by other people and chatter. Plus there’s really good food!

Favourite spot to study on campus: Any group study rooms in the library. My friends and I book them in between classes and for those late-night study binges. There’s something calming about working and being stressed around other people who are just as stressed out.

Favourite things about living in Victoria: The VIEWS. I have never seen a better ocean lookout, or vibrant sunset than in Victoria, B.C. The beach is pretty much never more than half an hour away from where you are at any point. It’s one of the main things that keeps me around. I love that my best friends, family, and favourite people in the world are here. And of course, Downtown Victoria is the best place for thrift shops, good eats, and exploring.

What I’ll miss the most about UVic when I graduate: It seems so far away I’m not sure I can really imagine what leaving would be like. I’ll miss the people the most. Truly, I don’t even know many of them, but I am constantly in awe at the diversity, kindness, style, confidence, and brilliance of all these strangers and fellow students around me.

Post-graduation plans: I don’t have an exact job title in mind, but I want to have a career in the field of Communications, ideally involved in social media. I’d also like to eventually get a Master’s degree!

Madison

Name: Madison

Program: Psychology

Year of study: 3rd year

Hometown: Terrace, BC

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Get to know Madison

Why I chose UVic for my undergraduate degree: UVic was everything I wanted in a university. Its psychology program with opportunities to specify and learn outside the classroom, large enough school to have exciting opportunities like research but small enough to have a manageable campus and tight-knit community. The close proximity to nature made it feel like home too.

What I would tell prospective students about UVic: There’s always opportunities at UVic. Whether it’s opportunities to make new friends, check out a new activity or to find a club/co-op position/program/career, the options never really end. Also the people are really nice!

Why UVic is so special to me: Both the university and the people you meet are really amazing. From the recruiters who help get you started on the application process, to the orientation leaders, friends you meet during orientation, to the profs, and everyone else you meet along the way, everyone here is incredibly passionate about something and also willing to help you out.

Favourite spot to hang out on campus: The quad or the Pet Cafe.

Favourite spot to study on campus: MacLaurin A Wing for sure. It’s close to some of my classes. It’s not too loud or too quiet, nice big tables for study spaces, and there’s a nice amount of natural light.

Favourite things about living in Victoria: The weather. It’s one of the sunniest major cities, but it’s still a great place to be when it’s cloudy or raining. I’m also looking forward to not shovelling snow constantly this winter. Besides the people it nails the balancing act; not too big, not too small, pretty old historical buildings, high tech new structures.

What I’ll miss the most about UVic when I graduate: I’m not sure what I’ll be thinking when the time comes but I’m going to take a guess and say, the people, the squirrels, and the deer.

Post-graduation plans: I really want to pursue graduate studies and one day get my PhD in psychology. There will probably be a full-time job and maybe a gap year in there but I have time to figure out the details.

Navinder

Name: Navinder

Program: Chemistry & Microbiology

Year of study: 3rd year

Hometown: Victoria, BC

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Get to know Navinder

Why I chose UVic for my undergraduate degree:  I chose UVic because I couldn’t see myself anywhere else. Besides that, my high school was very close, so I had the opportunity to check out a few things at UVic. Most notably, my high school science teachers brought prospective students to check out the Department of Chemistry and a Women in Science research symposium.

What I would tell prospective students about UVic:  UVic is a medium-sized university, which means you can get lost in the crowd if you want to. But it’s also small enough that it will have a community type of vibe. The number of majors here is enough to explore and specialize, but not enough to overwhelm you. Speaking of which, don’t be set on one major; people typically change their minds after the first year (if not the first semester).

Why UVic is so special to me: UVic is special to me because, most importantly, it’s home. I’ve had the opportunity to perform, play sports, and volunteer on this campus throughout my childhood. As I grew up, I spent time volunteering on campus as a Junior Counsellor with Science Venture. In my eyes, most of the buildings on campus have a memory associated with it.

Favourite spot to hang out on campus:  Pre-COVID, I liked to hang out with others at Mystic Market because it was pretty easy to run into people. During COVID, I don’t mind walking through Mystic Vale for the scenery.

Favourite spot to study on campus: The two places I like to study on campus are in the Elliot and Bob Wright buildings. Mostly because they are close to lectures and labs, but also because I like the ambient noise.

Favourite things about living in Victoria: I love Victoria because of its weather, proximity to nature, and overall vibe.

What I’ll miss the most about UVic when I graduate:  I’ll most likely miss the small everyday interactions, the people I’ve met, and faculty members. But since I’m still a second year, I’m not quite sure what I’ll miss the most.

Post-graduation plans:  I’m not sure yet, but I hope there are dogs in my future 🙂