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Amy Mattes’ debut novel explores love and identity

Submitted by Rachel Stern on May 21, 2024 - 11:59am

Amy Mattes, a VIU Creative Writing student, drew inspiration from experiences of her youth to write her debut fictional novel, Late September. 

Late September tells the story of Ines, a young, grief-stricken skateboarder who is trying to leave her past behind to become someone else. She learns along the way that you can’t change who you’ve been.

Solving a puzzle no one else has solved

Submitted by Rachel Stern on August 29, 2023 - 11:34am

Networking is an integral skill for students who want to pursue research, says Krystyn Forbes.

Krystyn graduated in June with a Bachelor of Science degree, with a Biology honours. He worked as a research assistant for the past two summers with Dr. Jamie Gorrell, a VIU Biology Professor. He recommends that students talk to their professors about research opportunities.