My take on the Totem-Vanier debate

Confession: I was seriously disappointed when I was placed in Vanier last summer. All of my older UBC friends had lived in Totem, and they had nothing but good things to say. They told me about Colour Wars, the amazing community vibe, and the magical Magda’s late night grill, and I had my heart set on experiencing all these things for myself. I even found a girl who was willing to trade her Dene single for my Korea-UBC room.

So why didn’t I switch?

Well, it really all came down to me not wanting to mess with fate. I figured if the universe wanted me to live in Vanier, then I would live in Vanier (and okay, the fact that I was assigned to a fancy building didn’t hurt, either). So I accepted my Vanier destiny and since then, I’ve never once regretted my decision. I can’t imagine what my year would have been like without getting decked out in orange and losing my voice at Vanier Olympics, dancing my butt off at Graffiti Night, and developing an addiction to Chef Steve’s soups. I would have missed out on the hysterical Mr. Vanier pageant and the amazing Vanier musical. I definitely wouldn’t have gotten to star in a Sh*t Vanier Says video, and most importantly, I probably would have never met the wonderful people on my floor who have become my best friends.

The point I’m trying to make here is that your first year will be amazing no matter what residence you’re in. Even if you didn’t get placed exactly where you wanted, I promise that as long as you go in with a positive attitude, you’ll still have a crazy fun first year. You can hold me to that.

Big smiles and KU tiger growls,
Cam

PS: You definitely shouldn’t try and switch rooms if you’re on Kwak 6th. I hear your RA’s pretty cool.

2 responses to “My take on the Totem-Vanier debate

  1. Hey there,

    I came across this page and it was just what I needed to read ! I was actually in the same position as you, I read all about the crazyness about Totem Park and when I found out I was placed in the Korea House at Vanier, I was so disappointed. I wanted to be in TP so bad especially since that’s where my boyfriend is too. But like you, I decided to just let it be and reading this has just further reassured me that I made the right decision 🙂 So thank you so much!

    -Olivia

    • Hey Olivia, I’m glad I could help you out! KU is a ton of fun and a really awesome house, you’re going to have a great year there! Vanier is super amazing too, I miss it. And since your boyfriend is in Totem you’ll be able to visit him all the time, so you get the best of both worlds!

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