Who: Jessica Baudin-Griffin
Degree: ’05 BEd
Current Occupation: Business Owner (J’Adore Dance and Intellidance®), Writer and Early Childhood Movement Educator
What do you miss most about being a U of A student? If money wasn’t a factor I would be a student for life! I love learning, researching and debating in a group environment so going to class was always a highlight for me during my time as a student at the U of A. I always looked forward to my smaller classes with dynamic instructors who encourage student participation and dialogue. I wasn’t one of those students who could skip classes and learn from a textbook, I did my best learning in class. The flip side of that was for many classes I didn’t have to spend much time studying outside of class for exams.
Favourite campus memory? Dance classes and performances with Orchesis and dancing with the U of A Dance Team at basketball games! Go Bears and Pandas!
What’s the one piece of advice you’d give a current U of A student? One bad grade won’t make or break your degree. In my third year I got my only D. At the time I thought it was the end of the world, but getting that D taught me some important things about life and myself. In the end I wouldn’t be a well-rounded graduate without it.
Best procrastination activity? Dance practices with the girls on the Dance Team and “studying” (aka goofing off) with my friends in the Education lounge.
Favourite course/professor? Dance 431 (Study of Dance for Children) with Tamara Bliss. Taking this course with Tamara was my “aha!” moment and knew I was destined to teach children through conceptual movement and dance. She is incredibly passionate about dance and dedicated to her students, which makes her amazing to study with. Tamara was (and continues to be) a huge mentor and supporter of my work with children.
If you got one university do-over, what would it be? I would have gotten more involved with campus activities my first two years. I didn’t make many friends my first year of university in those huge 100-level classes and would leave campus to work or study as soon as my classes were done. Get involved! University isn’t just about classes, it’s about making connections.
Favourite secret makeout/study spot? My favourite place to study was SUB - the hustle and bustle was like white noise for me. My Dad is still a prof at the U of A so I’m going to go with I never madeout on campus...
What did you do to help you stay sane during exam time? I never studied past 8:00 p.m. All-nighters never worked for me. Your brain needs rest to learn effectively.
What impact has the U of A had on your life?
While studying at the U of A I meant so many people from across Canada and around the world. Working and studying with such a diverse mix of people taught me a lot about how to work in the public sector and how to respect others, even if you disagree with them.