In June of this year, Lauren Redman graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Women’s and Gender Studies at the University of British Columbia. Redman was not always so sure of the direction she wanted to take with her studies.
After taking some transfer courses, Lauren decided that she wanted to finish her Bachelor’s degree, and as she grew up in Vancouver, UBC was a logical choice. Recalling her early days as a student at UBC, Redman says that the university can be scary at first. Lauren, who came to UBC’s Vancouver campus in 2008, initially found the campus to be quite large and there were many unfamiliar faces. However, by getting involved with a variety of initiatives around campus, many of which she was able to access through the Longhouse, Redman soon began to feel comfortable on campus.
What’s in store for Lauren now that she has graduated? In addition to her work study role with Aboriginal Student Affairs (ASA) as a peer advisor, Redman is also starting the midwifery program at UBC this fall. Redman’s confidence in her application to the midwifery program was encouraged by a work study placement that she held with the Institute for Aboriginal Health while completing her degree in Women’s and Gender Studies.
When asked if she had any advice for new, incoming students, Lauren stressed the importance of getting involved. By joining groups with similar interests, visiting the Longhouse and getting to know people and volunteering, students are able to make connections and begin to feel more comfortable in a new environment. These connections may also prove to be instrumental in providing guidance and helping students to find direction and decide where it is that they want to go with their degrees.