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The art of balancing school, work and life

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on May 24, 2023 - 2:32pm

For the past four years, Ashley Sandhu has been a familiar face around campus. As a student wellness promoter, many students will remember her from different events aimed at encouraging social connections and awareness about the importance of taking care of your mental health. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduate will never forget the stunning views from the Nanaimo campus.

Creating accessible computer science courses

Submitted by Rachel Stern on May 24, 2023 - 12:49pm

Everyone deserves equal access to education, yet barriers remain for some learners.

Amber Thomas ran into challenges when she wanted to take a computer science course at her university in Alberta. The accessibility tools available there would not work for her computer science course because it needed specialized tools. Amber is blind and uses a screen reader to complete her courses. 

Tips to write a focused statement of purpose

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on May 20, 2023 - 5:39pm

Are you ready to take the next step in your academic career? The statement of purpose (also called a letter of introduction or letter of intent, amongst other names) is a crucial part of the graduate school application process. This blog shares tips to help you write a focused and compelling statement that showcases your unique qualities and increases your chances of securing a spot at the grad school of your choice.

Taking classroom learning to community

Submitted by Eric Zimmer on May 17, 2023 - 12:45pm

Jane Dean has been passionate about working with children and youth for as long as she can remember. When she started the Child and Youth Care program at VIU, her goal was to create a positive impact in the lives of others.

She is now seeing her goal come to fruition. She’s been helping to organize a large outdoor event at Georgia Avenue Community School  school in Nanaimo’s Harewood community.

Gaining skills through getting involved

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on May 16, 2023 - 2:36pm

Fernando Jesus Medina Moreno’s university experience was so much more than what he learned in the classroom. The Bachelor of Business Administration student from Mexico City got involved in many different aspects of university life. Throughout these experiences, he picked up many important soft skills as well as the knowledge he gained from his courses. He graduates this June and hopes to work for a marketing agency on Vancouver Island. 

Connecting students and employers

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on May 10, 2023 - 10:21pm

Meet Jonah Ferguson, VIU’s Employer and Student Engagement Coordinator! His job is to connect students with employers and organizations relevant to their area of study. Are you a student looking to connect with employers, or an employer looking to connect with students? Read to the bottom!