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If you're a student looking for someone who knows the stresses and challenges of being a student, our ASSET volunteers are here to help. Maybe you'd like to talk to someone who gets your program's crazy courseload or has experienced the pile-up of student expenses. Or maybe you'd like to meet someone who can relate to asking themselves, What's next?

There's someone here to listen.

Aanchal, ՚18 BScN

Ask Aanchal about:

  • Different types of nursing
  • Fun volunteering opportunities
  • Working in health care
  • Transition from school to work
  • Coping with test anxiety

Aanchal graduated from UAlberta with a bachelor of science in nursing (BScN) in December 2017. Since then she has worked in long-term care and internal medicine. She currently works in the adult intensive care unit at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, where her role entails caring for patients who may require ventilatory or cardiac support. Aanchal hopes to start her master's in nursing in the next year or so but is still unsure exactly what she wants in the future (and that is totally fine with her!) Her interests include spending time with her family, friends and dog, travelling and finding good places to eat.

Aggie, ՚91 BCom, ՚14 MBA

Ask Aggie about:

  • Making career changes
  • Fun and soul boosting volunteer activities
  • Building a network of contacts, mentors and trusted supporters
  • Investing in your well-being
  • Embracing "failures" as invaluable lessons

Aggie's undergrad experience began in the Faculty of Science, where she courted the idea of a career in medicine. Volunteering with Student Orientation Services sparked a "business school is a better fit" realization. She joined Kappa Alpha Theta and created lifelong friendships. Aggie's career spans the private, public and not-for-profit sectors. She found sales, business development and marketing positions with companies such as AstraZeneca, Boehringer Ingelheim and World Trade Centre Edmonton. Her jobs and consulting experience include facilitating, planning and leading initiatives for BioAlberta, TEC Edmonton, Alberta Agriculture and Calgary Economic Development, among others. Aggie has volunteered for Citie Ballet, Kids Help Phone, Junior League and several other organizations. Focused on continuous personal development, she adds certifications such as Myers-Briggs personality type indicators to advance team-building and communication skills.

Al, ՚10 BSc(Spec)

Ask Al about:

  • Risk-taking and rejection therapy
  • Presenting in front of 1,500 people
  • Networking
  • The importance of finding balance
  • The best Star Trek series

Al graduated from UAlberta in 2010 with a specialization degree in psychology. From there he went into recreation management and managed two recreation facilities just outside Edmonton. He decided on a career change after eight years working in recreation and is now completing his master's degree in psychology. He loves being a student again and is very happy he made the change. Al has learned a lot in his past career and is applying those lessons to his future career as a psychologist. Al is a Mental Health First Aid Instructor and has training in critical incident stress management, as well as crisis intervention.

Amanda, ՚07 BA, ՚15 MLIS

Ask Amanda about:

  • Self-care and self-compassion
  • Maintaining a positive outlook while searching for work
  • How to build a professional wardrobe on a budget
  • Fun and nerdy things to do in Edmonton
  • Living with food and environmental allergies
Amanda has a bachelor of arts and a master's degree in library and information studies from UAlberta. As an undergraduate, she majored in English and minored in classics. She studied library science because she is passionate about education and literacy. Amanda works at the Alberta School of Business as an admissions and records assistant helping prospective graduate students. Whenever she gets a chance, she is at a play, a movie or the ballet. She is proudly nerdy and at home at comic expos.
Amber, ՚99 BA(Hons), ՚05 MA

Ask Amber about:

  • Career options with an arts degree
  • How to make the most of your degree
  • Work search strategies
  • Experiential learning opportunities
  • Must-see travel destinations

Amber is a proud U of A grad with a master's degree in Communications and Technology and a bachelor of arts honours degree in Psychology. She currently work as Career Development Officer for the Faculty of Arts where she oversees career services programming for Arts undergraduate students. Her portfolio includes Arts Work Experience, which encompasses co-op and internship programming. She is a Certified Career Coach and has worked in career and student service roles at the U of A for 15 years. She has also been an active volunteer with the Canadian Mental Health Association for over 10 years. In her spare time, Amber enjoys spending time with family and friends, going for a run, walking her dog, traveling and eating good food.

Andre, ՚85 BCom, ՚88 BSc(Spec)

Ask Andre about:

  • A career in computing science
  • Lifelong learning
  • Learning Japanese as a second language
  • Working out (bike, swim, weight lifting)
  • Gardening

Andre is born and raised in Edmonton. He graduated with a BCom (accounting and finance) as well as a BSc (computing science). Throughout his career he has worked on a variety of software applications ranging from tax software to process control software (the programs that run the machines in factories), and he has been in every role from developer to manager. A big believer in lifelong learning, Andre is currently trying to learn Japanese (without a doubt the hardest thing he's ever tried to learn). In his spare time, he likes to stay active, travel and learn about different cultures.

Belinda, ՚17 BA

Ask Belinda about:

  • Why librarians are awesome
  • Favourite books
  • Her pet rabbits
  • Her favourite superheroes
  • What she has dressed up as for her job as a character model and Disney Princess

Belinda is a second-year Master of Library and Information Studies student with an undergraduate double major in English and psychology. She loves books (especially dystopian fiction), dancing in heels, sciency podcasts and jamming out to some good alternative and oldies tunes. In her family, she is the eldest child of three. She is also a vegan and has two pet rabbits (Honey and Espresso). Belinda works as a research assistant on a digital literacy project called Digital NWT. She is also a brand ambassador/character model (Rhythm Fx Entertainment), a Disney Princess (Glass Slipper Entertainment), and an editor/proofreader ( For fun, she volunteers with CJSR 88.5 FM on a show called SHOUT! for Libraries. She doesn't know how she has time for everything either. Some suspect she owns a time-turner.

Charlotte, ՚16 BA

Ask Charlotte about:

  • How to leverage an Arts degree
  • Unconventional career paths
  • Professional email etiquette
  • Bullet journaling
  • Best coffee in Edmonton

Charlotte graduated from the University of Alberta in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, majoring in women's and gender studies and minoring in drama. After working at the Students' Union for a year, she now works at the Career Centre supporting programs such as Career Exploration Interviews and the Career Mentoring Program.

Clare, ՚89 BA(Hons), ՚94 MA, ՚13 MLIS

Ask Clare about:

  • Living with animals
  • Self-care
  • Movies
  • Visual arts, books and music
  • How to lower stress levels
  • Financial management

Clare completed two degrees in literature because she loves reading. However, studying in just one area meant she did not get to learn about the breadth of subjects covered in university, so she wishes she had been somewhat less focused. After many years working in post-secondary, Clare felt she needed to "boost her brain" and completed another degree in library and information studies. Throughout her academic career, Clare has focussed on the relationship of words to images, and how we use words to describe images. It's just something she finds interesting. Clare now leads a really dedicated team of student services professionals, and gets to work directly with students once more.

Connor, '19 BCom
Bio coming soon.
Dennis, ՚77 BA, ՚79 BEd, ՚99 MEd

Ask Dennis about:

  • Life as an educator
  • Travelling around the world
  • Working in a human resources field
  • Cooking
  • Crucial conversations

Dennis was born and raised in Edmonton as a first-generation Canadian. His parents came to Canada from Germany to start a new life and his first language was German. After high school, Dennis went to UAlberta and received bachelor of arts, bachelor of education and master of education degrees. He taught for years in Elk Island Public Schools and became an assistant principal and then principal before moving on to the central office in human resources as director then corporate secretary of the division. He is a trained facilitator for a number of courses and workshops, such as 7 Habits, Leadership, Crucial Conversations and mentoring, and continues to conduct workshops. Now retired, he volunteers at Hope Mission and enjoys travelling with his wife to scores of countries around the world. He really likes cooking and trying out new recipes, and travelling has certainly opened his horizons to new flavours and spices. Dennis believes that everyone has something to offer and our world is much richer and more vibrant when we truly understand that we all contribute to the world we live in. A favourite saying of his can be found on the remnants of the Berlin Wall: "Many small people, who in many small places do many small things, can alter the face of the world"

Diane, ՚15 PhD

Ask Diane about:

  • Going back to school after a break of several years
  • Balancing work and school and time for yourself
  • Using a bullet journal
  • Dealing with anxiety and depression
  • Imposter syndrome

One of the scariest and most rewarding things Diane has ever done is to go back to university after a 25-year hiatus. It was overwhelming to deal with the changes (and self-doubt) but amazing to be among people like her who wanted to grow and learn. She completed her PhD in 2015 and her research is in mental health and wellness for health professionals. She is a good listener, enjoys good conversation and is looking forward to supporting students through their journey at UAlberta.

Doug, ՚15 BA

Ask Doug about:

  • Balancing work and mental health
  • Meditation
  • Coping with anxiety and/or depression at work
  • The feeling of not knowing what to do with your life
  • Buddhism

Doug is a UAlberta graduate with a BA, majoring in psychology and minoring in music. During his undergrad, he worked for Residence Services and the Career Centre. After his degree, he worked closely with at-risk youth at the non-profit YESS as a youth worker and programming co-ordinator. Afterward, he made the jump to health care as a project manager. He now works at Covenant Health and manages organization-wide projects spanning Alberta. Outside work, he plays percussion for a wind orchestra and tries to live a balanced life through bicycle commuting, meditation and spending quality time with friends and family.

Gordon, ՚73 BA, ՚76 MHSA

Ask Gordon about:

  • The value of extracurricular interests
  • Being dissatisfied with a career choice
  • Taking advantage of opportunities
  • Reducing alcohol and mood-altering substances in your personal and career life

Gordon applied to UAlberta as a mature student without a high school diploma, and with a wife and two young children. He graduated with a BA (sociology and economics) and was awarded the John McDonald Gold Medal. He then chose to pursue a career in health administration and graduated with a Master in Health Services Administration. He worked mainly in psychiatric hospitals and mental health administration, supplemented with specialty consulting in administration problems. Gordon has volunteered as a surveyor for the Canadian Council on Hospital Accreditation and was active with the Canadian Council of Health Service Executives. His interests include the ethical role and issues associated with consulting, professionalism in health administration, evidence based decision making, the necessity of work life balance, the dangers of alcohol and drug use in personal and career lives, and helping students maximize their academic performance. Gordon believes that his life and his family's life have benefited immensely from his education and experiences at UAlberta.

Jakia, ՚19 BSc

Ask Jakia about:

  • Being a community volunteer
  • Her passion for languages
  • The unique challenges facing an international student
  • Overcoming challenges and developing the skills you need to achieve your goals

Jakia was an international student and graduated with a BSc, with a double major in psychology and biological sciences. She currently works as a laboratory assistant at UAlberta. She is an avid advocate for mental health and social and environmental justice issues, with a focus on South Asian communities.

Jane, ՚05 BSc(Spec)

Ask Jane about:

  • Working in higher education
  • Avoiding burnout
  • Completing a master's degree while working/volunteering/starting a family
  • Leadership development
  • presentation and facilitation skills
  • Baking and cooking

In 2005, Jane graduated from UAlberta with a BSc specialization in psychology. After stumbling into the world of student affairs through volunteering during her undergrad, she took on various student affairs leadership roles at the UASA/UAlberta and is currently the assistant registrar of student services and the university calendar. She completed a master's in adult education and community development through St. Francis Xavier University from 2013-2018 (while working full time, volunteering on multiple boards and having her first kid; not the recommended route, by the way!) Jane likes to stay active, volunteer, work on crafts, read and spend time with her family.

Jessica, ՚14 BEd

Ask Jessica about:

  • Rebooting your career in your 20s
  • Coaching youth
  • Alternative careers in the field of Education
  • Trail and ultra running
  • Cross-country skiing
  • Setting BHAGs (big, hairy, audacious goals)

Jessica completed a bachelor's degree in history at Concordia University in Montreal, Que., followed by an after degree in secondary education, majoring in social studies, at UAlberta. While she has never worked in a school, she has worked in a number of educational areas and often with young people. Her past occupations include content and UX writer for a legal website, recreation co-ordinator, outdoor skills instructor and interpretive tour guide. She is now a student advisor for the Faculty of Education at UAlberta and teaches cross-country skiing as her side hustle.

Jicelle, ՚18 BA

Ask Jicelle about:

  • How volunteering shaped her interests
  • How to stay motivated
  • How to balance a part-time job, studying and other extracurricular activities
  • Maintaining mental wellness
  • Travelling to Asia-Pacific

Jicelle graduated in June 2018 with a major in psychology and minor in sociology. She works part-time at UAlberta as an exam office aide. During her undergraduate degree, she was a research assistant for two years and also worked on campus with the Students' Union. She would love to chat about keeping motivated, anything school related, life after graduation and travel.

Jocelyn, ՚75 BA (RecAdmin), ՚83 MEd

Bio coming soon

Jose, ՚08 BA, ՚19 MBA

Ask Jose about:

  • Working full time and studying part time
  • Taking care of yourself
  • Building your network
  • The joys and trials of being an Oilers fan
  • Life lessons learned from scuba diving
  • Immigrating to Canada

Jose returned to UAlberta to complete his MBA seven years after finishing his undergrad. Taking the MBA meant attending classes in the evening and working full time during the day. He started working at RBC Royal Bank after finishing his undergrad and has progressed through several roles at the bank. Most recently, he has been promoted to commercial account manager, and he assists organizations with any credit needs they have. Outside work, he looks for ways to challenge himself. This may include reading a new book, aiming to complete another triathlon or trying a new dish.

Juanita, ՚16 BSc, ՚19 MPH

Ask Juanita about:

  • Founding and running your own not-for-profit organization
  • Turning your passions into employment opportunities
  • Working in public health
  • Career grief and moving on from rejected applications
  • Being an effective storyteller
  • Building succulent terrariums

When Juanita started her undergraduate program at the U of A she was a political science major and economic minor setting her sights on business or journalism. But it turns out she was better suited for sciences and ended up with an undergraduate degree as a biological science major and music minor. From there she went on to pursue a degree in public health and is now finishing a master's in occupational therapy at the U of A. Juanita has worked in various sectors from post-secondary to non-profit and government, and currently co-runs a non-profit organization called Converse and Cook where she is building community through food and storytelling

Karla, ՚03 PhD

Ask Karla about:

  • Careers in education
  • Educational leadership
  • Administrative courage
  • Curling
  • Weaving

Karla earned her PhD in educational policy studies from UAlberta. Her dissertation research was on administrative courage. She received a SSHRC doctoral fellowship to support that research. She has worked for seven universities in the U.S. and Canada and has lived in Montana, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Wyoming, Utah and Alberta. She also has K-12 educational leadership experience at the school and division levels.

Katie, ՚13 BA, ՚18 MA

Ask Katie about:

  • Taking a course-based master's program
  • Imposter syndrome
  • Travel and studying abroad
  • Setting boundaries with friends and family
  • Working in communications

Katie graduated in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in psychology and minoring in sociology. She completed a Master of Arts in Communications in 2018 while working full time. Katie is the Acting Director of Communications and Engagement in the Faculty of Science at UAlberta. Her job focuses on writing, mainly about research and research discoveries, and public relations. Before working at the university, Katie worked in both non-profit and corporate environments. Her interests include travel (including study abroad), cooking, reading, dogs, yoga and self-care.

Lisa, ՚13 BEd

Ask Lisa about:

  • Teaching in Asia
  • What it's like to freelance
  • Working in the non-profit sector
  • Changing careers
  • Becoming an entrepreneur

Lisa holds a degree in education from the U of A and a diploma in digital media and IT from NAIT. She works at a non-profit organization supporting immigrants and refugees. She is the Program Coordinator for the Language Vocational and Assessment and Counselling Program, as well an Education Counsellor and Language Assessor. She also has experience in freelancing and entrepreneurship.

Lorelei, ՚98 BSc, ՚03 MSc

Ask Lorelei about:

  • Quitting your job and travelling around the world
  • Thai fruit carving and other stress relievers
  • Operating a booth at a farmers' market
  • Failure and recovery: job interviews, auditions and more!

Lorelei graduated from the U of A with a Bachelor of Science and a Masters of Science in Engineering. In between and afterwards, she travelled around the world, backpacking, hiking and snorkeling with iguanas. Pretty much immediately she realized she'd rather be writing, so she returned to MacEwan University to complete a communications diploma. Currently, she works as the communications and research safety coordinator for the U of A, promoting health, safety and environmentally responsible research and learning. After work, you can find her coercing her kids to play something with her or eating chocolate.

Meenakshi, ՚17 BSc

Ask Meenakshi about:

  • Overcoming challenges and developing the skills you need to achieve your goals
  • Careers outside your field of study
  • Grief and loss
  • Developing and practicing good mental health habits
  • Volunteer work centered around community

Meenakshi is a U of A graduate with a Bachelor of Science, double major in biological sciences and psychology. In her final year of her undergraduate degree, a curiosity in management and finance led her to intern with a company and in turn accept a full-time position after graduation. Learning about finance, marketing and leadership in the role led her to transfer these skills to the banking industry. Meenakshi currently volunteers with Technology Alberta as a community manager. In her spare time, Meenakshi likes to spend quality time with family and friends, visiting local restaurants, reading, travelling and going on nature walks.

Melinda, ՚74 BPE, ՚03 MEd

Ask Melinda about:

  • Living and working in another country
  • Becoming a conscious ally to 2SLGBTQ persons
  • Counselling secondary school students
  • Suicide and mental health
  • Life-work transitions
  • Where to hike, snowshoe and cross country ski in and near Edmonton

Melinda grew up in Medicine Hat, a small city in southern Alberta, where she played every sport available to her. She moved to Edmonton to attend the U of A, graduating with a degree in physical education and was immediately hired by the Winnifred Stewart Association to teach 430 "mentally retarded" (the term used at the time) students ages three to 21 physical education. Eye opening? Yes! After that, she began a long and fabulous career as an educator, including roles as a department head, assistant principal, consultant and after earning an MEd, counsellor. Living and teaching in both Australia and Scotland widened her world view and initiated travel with students on both sports and educational trips to countries all over the world. Teaching at the university and immersing herself in mental health and social justice opportunities the past nine years, again expanded her world view. Practicing yoga, staying physically and mentally fit, while participating fully in her own life and that of her family and friends, continues to inspire curiosity and interest in others. Melinda is excited to have the opportunity to get to know you.

Michael, ՚86 BA, ՚94 Dip(Ed), ՚07 BEd

Ask Michael about:

  • French second language education
  • Living abroad
  • Alternative careers in the field of education
  • Where he would like to travel next

After many years of bouncing around and not knowing what he wanted to be when he grew up, Michael has fallen in love with supporting, promoting and advocating for French second language education. He has completed a BA in sociology/French, a Dip(Ed) in adult education and a BEd in elementary education. He has been a reserve military officer in the Canadian Forces since he was 18 and has also been a volunteer police-based victims advocate for more than 30 years.

Michele, ՚82 BSc(OT)

Ask Michele about:

  • Value of volunteering
  • Managing your way through adversity
  • If I could do it all over again would l make the same career choice
  • Why being a good listener is important
  • Life lessons I have learned

Michele graduated in 1982 with a bachelor of science in occupational therapy. She has spent 35+ years working with seniors who have health challenges. The joy of working with this population is the stories they share because of their varied experiences and life challenges they have lived through. Outside work, she enjoys reading, walking, exercising and visiting with friends and family (including furry friends with four legs and a wagging tail). She has two adult children who are out on their own. It is fun for her to watch them do all the things she once did for them: cooking, laundry and housekeeping. In the next few years, she is looking forward to spending less time getting paid to work and more time volunteering her time for things she is passionate about. Her aim in life is to work on making sure no one feels invisible, as every life matters!

Michelle, ՚18 BSc

Ask Michelle about:

  • Journalling for mental clarity
  • Building good habits
  • Getting involved in research
  • Good music for any occasion
  • Volunteer opportunities

Michelle spent most of her undergrad experience switching her major back and forth between psychology and biological sciences, while also seriously contemplating degrees in animal sciences, ecology and medicine. Needless to say, she was very curious about learning all she could. Getting involved in numerous volunteer and research opportunities sparked her to finish a double major in psychology and biological sciences in 2018. She was an undergraduate researcher who studied areas such as invertebrate herbivory, Hodgkin's lymphoma and scoliosis. Currently, she works full-time as a research assistant in breast cancer research at UAlberta. She also has been involved with Sustain SU, Edmonton Public Schools, the Canadian Mental Health Association and other organizations. In her free time she tends to her plants, reads, writes and shares corny jokes with family and friends.

Morgan, ՚17 BA (Campus Saint-Jean)

Ask Morgan about:

  • Study/organizational tips
  • Learning and living in French
  • Not knowing what to do after graduation
  • Choosing not to become a professional musician
  • Books and films
  • Trying new things

Morgan graduated in 2017 from the U of A's Campus Saint-Jean with a Bachelor of Arts, majoring in sociology and minoring in psychology. While studying, she volunteered with the U of A's Sexual Assault Centre, and split her time between multiple campuses in order to study American Sign Language. She got a job soon after her graduation with Service Canada as a call centre agent. Three years later, she is still with Service Canada, but has moved to an internal processing department. When she's not busy with work, Morgan likes reading, baking, yoga and hanging out with her hedgehogs.

Natasha, ՚08 BA, ՚17 MSc

Ask Natasha about:

  • Working for the Government of Alberta
  • How many times she changed her mind about going to grad school
  • Getting work experience in a BA program
  • How to make networking easier and more fun
  • Multi-day hiking in the mountains

Natasha has two degrees from the U of A: a BA with a major in psychology and an MSc with a specialization in family ecology and practice. Her education has served her in unexpected ways, including working in research and evaluation for health care, change management in the justice system and community engagement in government social services. Her current position, Manager of Stakeholder Relations, is with the Government of Alberta in the Ministry of Advanced Education. She believes in work-life balance and is fortunate to be in a place in her career where she can explore her hobbies, which include travelling, practicing yoga, playing sports and hiking.

Olya, ՚13 MA

Bio coming soon

Pauline, ՚92 BSc(Pharm)

Ask Pauline about:

  • A career in pharmacy
  • De-stressing with yoga and/or meditation
  • How essential oils can be helpful in so many things
  • Pickleball
  • The joys of volunteering
  • The importance of self-care

Pauline graduated from UAlberta in 1992 with a BSc(Pharm) and has spent her career in community practice. Trying to find balance between work, raising children and re-energizing herself has been challenging - never a dull moment in her life! She loves trying out different volunteer opportunities and wrangles family and friends to help out as well. She has recently taken pickleball lessons with her husband and finds it much more fun than tennis or badminton.

Pauline, ՚15 BA

Ask Pauline about:

  • Psychology
  • History
  • International travel
  • True crime podcasts
  • Being an international student

Pauline took a full decade to finish her Bachelor of Arts, talk about a long "gap year"! After trying various careers and countries, she returned to Edmonton to complete her degree in psychology, and discovered her passion for research. Pauline moved to the U.K. to complete her MSc in Developmental Science, and has come back to Edmonton to work for both the U of A and U of Calgary as a research coordinator for community initiatives. Specializing in mental health in emerging adults, Pauline plans to begin her PhD in 2022. Her interests include travel, cooking, dogs and all things true crime

Phil, ՚85 BSc(Spec)

Ask Phil about:

  • How "soft skills" can impact your career
  • Working in human resources
  • The importance of volunteerism
  • How he found his jobs through networking
  • Development of your career

Phillip graduated with a Bachelor of Science, specializing in psychology. Following graduation, he took courses as a special student, for more than 10 years, in areas that he could not fit into his undergrad program. It must be that he missed the tests, assignments, papers, etc. To round out his career learning, he completed studies in human resources management and addiction studies. His career has crossed numerous industries ranging from aviation services to utilities, and he has worked in both Canada and the U.S.A. Phillip is semi-retired but continues to be an avid volunteer, because he believes very strongly in giving back to his community. He has volunteered with his professional organization and not-for-profits in the human services sector in numerous governance roles.

Raymond, ՚98 BA

Ask Raymond about:

  • What volunteering has meant to him
  • Studying or working overseas
  • Language learning
  • Internationalizing your career
  • How to learn a new language

After graduating with a bachelor of arts with honours in Japanese language and literature, Raymond worked in Japan and China for about 10 years. After coming back to Canada, he returned to campus and worked in International Student Services. He really enjoyed working with undergraduate and graduate students and their families having an "international" experience of his hometown. He moved to the Faculty of Engineering in 2012 and currently works in the outreach portfolio. He'd love to hear about your language learning experiences and strategies! (Any language would be interesting - he's playing with Persian and Portuguese these days.)

Ruby, ՚19 BSc(Nutr/Food)

Ask Ruby about:

  • Latest nutrition trends
  • Meals on a budget
  • Basic Excel hacks
  • Being intellectually uncomfortable
  • The best coffee on campus

Ruby graduated from UAlberta with a degree in nutrition and food science. She works as a registered dietitian in chronic disease management. She believes that nutrition can be part of the solution to many health concerns and hopes to empower others to manage their health through food. You will likely find her in her spare time exploring what nature has to offer, but on rainy days, she'll be embracing her love for coffee with some good company.

Sandra, ՚75 BA, ՚76 Dip(Ed), ՚91 BEd

Ask Sandra about:

  • Skills and concepts used in teaching
  • Learning a language
  • How to find a sport you can enjoy
  • Breadmaking
  • Favourite restaurants for fickle people

Sandra began her studies in physical education/recreation and changed to a classic BA, including a wide range of course work from genetics, geology, anthropology, linguistics, English, French and French Canadian culture. Through this diverse mix of subjects and perspectives it became clear to her that language and its charm was winning her over. After graduating with a degree in romance languages (now modern languages), she completed a one-year professional diploma in second languages and began teaching immediately after graduation. She completed degree requirements for a BEd, continuing to focus in the area of language learning. A rewarding, learning-oriented career in education ensued. It has allowed her to harness her eclectic mix of interests - including sports and coaching, mental wellness, language learning, literacy and Canadian literature - into a fulfilling and always changing role as a teacher.

Susan, ՚89 BSc(Spec)

Ask Susan about:

  • Growing up on a farm
  • Learning to row a boat
  • Working in the public sector
  • Creating a LinkedIn profile
  • Being a parent with young adult children

Susan has always been interested in the roles and responsibilities of governments. After completing her Bachelor of Arts at the U of A, she worked in government, health services and non-profit organizations. Being a public servant provides rewarding opportunities for her to contribute to the community. Susan is curious about people and has grown increasingly interested in strengthening how people communicate and work together. In pursuit of understanding how to do this, she recently completed a Master of Arts in leadership at a BC university. The program used a blended delivery model that integrated online learning with on-campus residencies.

Torrey, ՚10 BA

Ask Torrey about:

  • Making the most of your degree by getting involved on campus
  • Working at the University as a student as well as a young professional
  • The importance of building your network as a student
  • On-campus resources
  • The best places to eat on and around campus

Torrey graduated from the Faculty of Arts in 2010 with a double major in sociology and psychology, and is currently completing a masters of education in adult, community, and higher education. He has worked for the university in a variety of roles since he was a student, including volunteer management, event planning, prospective student recruitment, advising and career education. Torrey currently works as the director of special projects (outreach) for the UAlberta Faculty of Engineering and is passionate about student leadership and development, and helping students find their place both on and off campus

Ursula, ՚87 BSc, ՚90 LLB

Ask Ursula about:

  • Going to law school
  • Running a successful silent auction
  • Working after having children
  • The benefits of team sports
  • Food allergies
  • Travelling to fun and unique destinations

Ursula was born and raised in Edmonton and is married with two daughters, who are also UAlberta graduates. She has a BSc in genetics, followed by an LLB. She has worked at the Edmonton Food Bank and as a legal researcher and editor. She volunteers as a victim services advocate for the RCMP and supports family members, especially aging parents, through the health-care and social support systems. She has volunteered at various schools, Mustard Seed, the Bissell Centre and the Edmonton Valley Zoo, plus many other places. She has a passion for travelling the world, is an avid sports fan (Go Oilers!) and loves all forms of live theatre. Sitting on the bleachers at a ball game, horse show or badminton tournament is her idea of a perfect day.

Wojtek, ՚17 BSc(Hons)

Ask Wojtek about:

  • What it's like to be a scientist
  • What to do with your science degree
  • How to get involved during university
  • Events and activities happening on campus
  • His UEFA Champions League predictions

Wojtek obtained his BSc in neuroscience and is currently a master's student in biomedical engineering and neuroscience. He has been involved in scientific research since his undergraduate degree and has experience in a variety of cell, animal and clinical laboratories. His current research involves studying the aging of the brain. He's well acquainted with today's student struggle of balancing demanding classes, lab work, volunteering, university life and the uncertainty of what happens after you finish your degree. In his free time, he enjoys volunteering, going for walks, creative writing and watching or playing soccer.

Zoila, ՚06 BEd

Ask Zoila about:

  • Writing a strong cover letter
  • Targeted networking
  • Providing and receiving feedback
  • Starting a new job
  • Worm composting (vermicompost)
  • Travelling in Latin America

Zoila graduated from UAlberta with a bachelor of education and has more than 17 years of experience in human services. She is a master composter recycler (MCR) through the City of Edmonton, a UAlberta alumni volunteer and an avid cyclist. She is very passionate and dedicated with a positive attitude and nothing seems to stand in her way. She has recently returned to Edmonton after taking a year to travel through Central America and Europe. She currently works at a not-for-profit organization as a career coach, helping internationally educated professionals through the licensure process and with employment.