Inspired to become a better person

How Jamie has connected her Kinesiology degree with her Indigeneity

Inspired to become a better person
CategoryStudent
NameJamie C., Gitxsan
FromNanoose Bay, Canada
ProgramBachelor of Kinesiology

 

During her time at UBC, third year Kinesiology student Jamie has learned so much about herself. Her studies have strengthened her desire to work with her community and advocate for Indigenous representation in health and physical activity spaces. Read on to find out how she’s found community and lifelong friendship at UBC, what she likes about her work as an Indigenous Student Ambassador, and where she gets her study snacks on campus.

 

1. How has UBC helped you shape your future?

Coming to UBC has shown me that there are no limits to what you can pursue during and beyond your degree here. I am always coming across new opportunities that seem as though they were specifically made for me. By taking a chance on these opportunities, I have learned so much about myself, what inspires me, and what future possibilities are out there. On top of that, there are so many people who have supported me in my academic journey and have helped shape my future here at UBC.

 

2. In what ways has UBC allowed you to create your own unique experiences and path?

When I chose to study Kinesiology at UBC, I knew I wanted to find ways I could connect my degree with my Indigeneity. Throughout my degree I have been a member of multiple committees that promote equity and diversity for Indigenous peoples, taken courses directly related to Indigenous health & wellness, and have learned from numerous Indigenous professors and mentors in Kinesiology. All of these experiences have strengthened my desire to use my degree to connect with community and advocate for Indigenous representation in health and physical activity spaces.

 

3. How does the Vancouver campus inspire how you live and learn?

I consider the UBC Vancouver campus another home to me because it is a place where I have found community and lifelong friendship. Here you meet so many diverse and dedicated individuals, who all have unique stories, experiences, and passions that have brought them here. Everyone that I have met at UBC has inspired me in one way or another to be a better student, leader, and human.

 

Jamie doing school work on her laptop in her dorm room.

 

4. What are your favourite spots on campus?

My favourite spot on campus is the view from the UBC rose garden. We are so lucky to live in a place where we can enjoy both the ocean and the mountains. If I am looking to study, my go-to routine is to grab a coffee and a cookie from Blue Chip and study on the top floor of the Nest overlooking the beautiful campus.

 

5. Do you have any tips or advice for someone who’s considering UBC Vancouver?

If you are considering UBC, my best advice would be to come visit our beautiful campus. As an Indigenous Student Ambassador, I get to show prospective students around the Vancouver campus and watch their uncertainty subside as they start to picture themselves here. Gaining an understanding of the many resources that are available for you, in addition to meeting some of the amazing people who will be supporting you throughout your academic and personal journey here, makes attending UBC an easy decision!

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