Moving to Vancouver Island

Winter 2012

Aliya Khan

Schulich Leader at University of Victoria

Moving to Vancouver Island to attend the University of Victoria has been an awesome experience! UVIC is a beautiful campus. I feel as if I am walking through a serene park every single day! All the people here are very warm, welcoming, and understanding as we all are going through the same experiences - whether it be stressing over midterms, celebrating UVICS 50th birthday, or eating the cafeteria food.

Living in residence is lovely. It is really convenient as I am within a five minutes walking distance to all of my classes. Also, it has been the easiest way to make new friends and be part of a small community. It is nice to know that someone is always here to lend a hand or just to chat. I have met people from all over the world.

I enjoy going to class with other people who share the same interests as I do, even if there may be hundreds of us. Imagine my surprise when I was seated in my first biology lab and in walked Jennifer, my fellow Schulich Leader! I am really happy and excited that we get to see each other on a regular basis!

The transition to university life has been dynamic and more challenging than anticipated, but I am getting into a routine of managing five classes, a part-time job, and my social life. With my new found independence, I have adapted to living on my own and to figuring things out for myself. Being a Schulich Leader, I have the freedom to explore my interests and choose the path that is best for my future.