Photo by Geoff Lister/The Ubyssey
You probably found this blog because you’re interested in UBC. Maybe you are a prospective student, or maybe you’re just starting out at UBC. If this is you, congratulations because UBC is the greatest university you will find and my blog is made just to show you why. This blog was started since the summer before I moved to UBC Vancouver, so if you go far enough back you’ll probably not only find something informative but maybe something embarrassing I forgot I wrote. After reading this blog, if you agree UBC is the best thing you’ve ever come across, I hope you use that energy to keep building the UBC community in whatever capacity you wish.
Hi, I’m Erica.
I finished writing this blog as I was going into my 4th year at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, in First Nations Studies. I had just finished an exchange at the University of Queensland in Australia. I returned that summer to Canada to work for the Assembly of First Nations in Ottawa as a Junior Policy Analyst in their Education Unit. For the first 3 years at UBC I’ve lived in Totem Park (loved it) and for two of those years I was a Residence Advisor. In my 4th year I went to live in Walter Gage residence as a Senior Advisor. At the time this blog closed, I was also the Director of Communications and Promotions for a big thing called the UBC Student Leadership Conference after making a lot of videos for the 2012 conference that looked like this, this, and this.
In the past, I’ve worked for Lululemon Athletica in Kitsilano, Brock University’s Youth University Department, Me to We/Free The Children in their Toronto offices, and the Foundation for Sustainable Development in Kenya. Since starting at UBC, I’ve had the pleasure of doing a Europe trip with one of my best friends and a 5 week road trip through New Zealand. I love the Totem Football League, longboarding on campus, the Centre for Student Involvement, Ryan Gosling memes, and bubble tea from the Buchanan Arts Cafe.
For those of you who are considering attending UBC, coming to UBC wasn’t in the plan for me. I was accepted to a small fine arts university on the east coast of Canada. I spent my time in high school working on my portfolio and bouncing around in different leadership roles. The universe intervened and brought me to UBC without ever stepping foot on the campus prior to my move into Totem Park in first year. I don’t regret not going to that small fine arts university, in fact I’m thrilled that UBC happened. I grew up in Ontario and had no opportunity to visit campus prior to accepting my offer. I used what was available to me online (which wasn’t much back then) by students to get to know UBC as much as I could. You have many more resources today, which is why I suggest you check out my UBC 101 page to start to get to know the best choice you’ll ever make.