Unitea Alumni Hosts

Unitea has partnered with Alumni Student Support and Engagement Team (ASSET) to offer in-person and virtual one-to-one tea times with ASSET volunteers. Book a one-to-one conversation with a Unitea Alumni host and connect with someone who understands the stresses and challenges of being a student. Maybe you'd like to talk to someone who gets your program's intense 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?”

Book a tea time with an Alumni host 

Pauline (She/Her)
About Pauline

What faculty, program/area of study, were you part of as a U of A student?
Arts, Psychology and Religious Studies

What is your career? Or professional field that you work in?
I am a Research Coordinator for the University of Calgary and work closely with the U of A! My specialty is mental health and emerging adults in post-secondary.

What do/did you like about your career or professional field?
I love learning, especially when it comes to anything Psychology. The nerdier the better! This career allows me to learn new skills, become more of an expert in my field, and practice all the research skills I learned and dreamt of using when I went to Graduate School. It’s tremendous practice for a PhD, while earning a living.

What is 1 helpful tip for student success?
If you want to meet your academic goals, you MUST respect your mental health needs. Trust me, I have learned the hard way.

What are your interests/passions/hobbies?
Learning German, traveling as much and whenever possible, and enjoying long walks in the river valley

What's unique about you? Share a talent or amazing experience!
I took a gap year in 2nd year…that lasted 15 years!! Best thing I ever did. I returned to UofA to complete my undergrad at 33 and my MSc and have never looked back. Also I make a mean cheesecake.

What language(s) do you speak and/or write?
English 

Describe yourself in 3 words:
Fun, thoughtful and curious

Jinelle (She/Her)
About Jinelle
What faculty, program/area of study, were you part of as a U of A student?

Arts, Psychology

What was your career? Or professional field that you work in?
I was a communication assistant after graduating for a short while and now I'm taking my Master of Counselling!

What do/did you like about your career or professional field?
I liked being able to apply the things I've learned in university and learn even more things about how business and the world works!

What is 1 helpful tip for student success?
Make sure to take breaks! With different course loads it can be easy to get caught up in school but taking breaks to do things you enjoy can help you come back to things more rejuvenated!

What are your interests/passions/hobbies?
I love baking! I recently took up bread baking and delved into cake making too!

What's unique about you? Share a talent or amazing experience!
I love going to the mountains and looking out at the ocean! to me, its a relaxing and calming experience.

What language(s) do you speak and/or write?
English! I can also understand Tagalog and basic French

Describe yourself in 3 words
kind, compassionate and open