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An online semester at VIU in Canada during a global pandemic

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on July 8, 2021 - 9:24am

Now that I am back in Germany, I already miss Canada, VIU, my friends there and, yes, even the online classes. Prior to my departure, doubts crept into my mind about if I should go abroad during the global COVID-19 pandemic. Would the experience be worth it, would it pay off both personally and academically, is it ethically acceptable? Looking back now, I would have loved to tell myself how great my spring semester at VIU would prove to be.

Beating the odds

Submitted by Eric Zimmer on July 6, 2021 - 2:05pm

Lindsay Folland wasn't supposed to make it this far.

When I was a child I was given a formal diagnosis that I would never be beyond an elementary school level,” she says. “I was told I am too socially impaired to have any meaningful relationships and I would need 24-7 support to bathe, dress, and eat.”

However, the people who told her these things, she says, were “thankfully and obviously not psychic."

Catching up with this year’s recipient of the Lieutenant Governor’s Medal

Submitted by Eric Zimmer on July 5, 2021 - 10:55am
A life-long fascination with the law and “how it works to shape the lives of our community” has resulted in a career with the Canadian Armed Forces for VIU  graduate Liam Kenney.
Kenney is a military police officer, a role he says entails policing “military members, military property and the families who live nearby as well as ensuring security both domestically and internationally.”

Need help paying for post-secondary?

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on June 16, 2021 - 9:07am

Over the past year and a half, federal and provincial governments have introduced COVID-19 relief measures aimed at supporting students – one of the groups hardest hit financially by the pandemic. What does this mean for you? It means there are more funding options available than ever before to help you return to school.

With all of these supports in place, you may be wondering what you need to do to get started. Check out the following funding options and start realizing your goals:

VIU Student Pulse News: June 2, 2021

Submitted by Jenn McGarrigle on June 2, 2021 - 4:42pm

June is National Indigenous History Month in Canada and we begin by remembering and honouring the 215 children who were stolen from their families and killed by the Government of Canada while at the Kamloops Indian Residential School. Flags at VIU remain lowered until further notice in recognition of the Indigenous children who were killed while at the school, as well as the families and communities impacted.

When do I need to commit to a major in university?

Submitted by Christine Johnson on June 1, 2021 - 11:46am

Top five questions about university majors

New university students are often asked, “What are you studying?” 

But what exactly does this mean, and how is your university “major” different from the degree you ultimately hope to earn? One of the challenges university students face is that there are so many new terms to learn and keep straight. Things can quickly get confusing.