College of Arts

Alumni Testimonials

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"My time studying philosophy at UFV was formative and it provided me with fantastic opportunities to work and volunteer within the school community. Meaningful conversations with professors and the opportunity to pursue my particular academic interests through directed studies made for a truly exceptional and individualized experience. This year, I am beginning graduate studies in the UK, and I credit UFV for preparing me for this exciting new venture."

  • – Amanda Penner
  •    UFV BA graduate, Philosophy
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"UFV has been so great for me. When I was in high school I felt really untapped. There was so much I wanted to do and learn and I didn’t really find that in the high school setting. I actually started coming here and volunteering with Indo-Canadian Studies when I was fourteen doing little research projects, and I found faculty and staff here have been really incredible. I was always able to find ways to grow and push myself here, and those resources have been really incredible."

  • – Anecia Gill
  •    BA, Sociology (Currently pursuing an MA at SFU)
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"I graduated from UFV in 2014 with an Honours degree in English literature and am now the managing editor of PokerNews Canada, the country’s largest poker news website. The faculty in the English department were incredible. They always took a personal interest in the areas I wanted to research or discuss and treated me like an equal. I believe this went a long way in giving me the confidence to get to where I am today, not just professionally, but personally."

  • – Lane Anderson
  •    Managing editor for Pokernews Canada
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"At UFV Arts I had the opportunity to form very close bonds with a number of faculty members, which I don't think I would have experienced at a larger school. I've worked closely under a number of profs and I've come to do a lot of research through those relationships, and have good references now. 

I think the Student Psychology Association is also a really important part for psychology students. It's a strong group and there are very interested students there. I think, overall, UFV fosters really interested students who want to learn and be there. There is a strong sense of community and I think having a smaller student body really helps develop that because we all are close. I’ve taken a lot of classes with the same people, over and over again. I’ve developed some really strong relationships here. I actually met my best friend in my program.

I also think UFV Arts is where I learned to actually like school. I actually dropped out of high school because I found it to be so terrible, but here I found school challenging and interesting. I had so many profs who were especially interested in my work and really wanted to see me do well, so that was really meaningful and that was a great part of the experience that I had."

  • – Flora Oswald
  •    BA, Psychology honours degree and Sociology minor (Career: Graduate Student)
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"What sets UFV Arts programs apart from the others is the involvement that comes with being in the various programs. There's so much happening all the time. I've been able to attend lots of events and meet new people. It's changed my view of BC and Canada as a whole."

  • – Edith Kemunto 
  •    Queen elizabeth scholarship exchange program (Career: Graduate Student)
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"The connections you make with the professors, students and staff are fabulous. I had the opportunity to work with a lot of people who helped me network in my program. In the end, I was able to finish my degree in three years."

  • – Rachel Bitz 
  •    BA, French major (Career: Teacher)
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"Charn Kingra's course in Criminal Justice was one of the most memorable classes in my entire degree. He was able to include personal stories and somehow relate it back to us students."

  • – Thanh Ma
  •    Criminal Justice minor; Communications minor (Career: Communications with the RCMP)
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"I love teaching and I love helping people get better at art. And, also helping them learn how to love it. Painting is so good for you. To be able to push around colour and make something from nothing on a flat thing using brushes and paints is really wonderful. It's a real joy to be able to teach that."

  • – Shelley Stefan
  •    Visual Arts Associate Professor, Painting & Drawing
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"My professors were encouraging patient and profoundly experienced, taking the time to offer constructive criticism and making me aware of other opportunities to improve. I now can happily say I just finished a 68 page Visitor Guide for the town of Jasper. If you're passionate about creating, this is the field for you."

  • – Celina Frisson
  •    BFA, Graphic & Digital Design (Career: Digital Content Coordinator)
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"I transferred into the Bachelor of Integrated Studies (BIS) program one semester into my Post-Secondary Education at UFV so that I could expand my knowledge and explore different UFV departments. As an Aviation student, besides our Government Issued licenses, there are little requirements to be a pilot. Many opportunities require Post-Secondary education, specifically a degree. However, there is rarely a requirement for a specific degree. I felt that the BIS was a good option as it fulfilled many of the requirements for the Aviation Industry, and allowed me to explore different subjects that I had an interest in."

  • – Jayden Wolfe
  •    BIS, Bachelor of Integrated Studies (Career: Canadian Licensed Flight Instructor)
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"My geography degree has equipped me with extremely relevant info and experience for my current job in property development. Property developers need to have a solid understanding of urban planning in order to navigate re-zoning, permits, and licensing processes required by municipalities. Large scale property developers also are active public space makers for cities. We need to have some working knowledge of how the natural world interacts with what we plan to build, and what environmental assessments need to be done. Geography has proven to be a subject area that has provided me with knowledge and insight into so many aspects of the world around me. It has truly allowed me to see the connections between people and spaces, from large scale to small."

  • – Heidi Martin
  •    BA, Geography; Indigenous Studies Certificate (Career: Development Coordinator)
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"I’m someone that really knows what my interests are, what I want to learn and how I want to apply myself in the real world. When I took the Indigenous Maps, Films, Rights and Land Claims certificate, I was able to immediately apply it to help build a strategic plan and to roll out programming. I had the flexibility to then turn that into a directed studies about Indigenizing curriculum and it ended up being my practicum for a course that I had to take. I really enjoyed that flexibility. The College of Arts was a good fit for how I wanted to learn and what I wanted to get out of my learning journey. I’m really glad I found my way here."

  • – Sukhi Brar
  •    BIS, Bachelor of Integrated Studies; Indigenous Maps, Films, Rights & Land Claims (Coordinator)

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