Arts Peer Advising

All newly-admitted students to the Faculty of Arts will receive support from the Arts Peer Advisors who will help with the transition to UBC, offering information on degree requirements, course selection, and the registration process.

Another good resource is the New Student Checklist, located under the Prospective and New Students tab. The checklist breaks down the process of planning your first year into easy to follow steps.

Meet your Arts Peer Advisors

Arts Peer Advisors 2017/18 – Charmaine, Simon, Melissa, Arlo, Angela, Keith

Charmaine Anne Li


Hometown: Vancouver, BC

Program: 4th year BFA Double Major in Creative Writing and English Literature

Past and present UBC involvement: Arts Co-op, Go Global, Peer Programs, English Student Association, Discorder Magazine, Food Society, HerCampus UBC, Heart of the City

When I’m not studying, I’m… writing, drinking coffee, noodling on the guitar, doing sports that require standing on a board sideways.

Tip for my first-year self: Going to university doesn’t mean you have to become an adult overnight. Take your time. Explore what you’re into. Meet lots of different people and don’t worry if you don’t click with everyone.

Simon Huang


Hometown: Vancouver, BC

Program: 3rd year BA Major in Sociology, Minor in Economics

Past and Present UBC Involvement: Arts One, Museum of Anthropology, Work Learn

When I’m not studying, I’m… drinking coffee and sharing cat videos with my friends.

Tip for my first year self: Remember to prioritize your wellbeing!


Melissa Tan


Hometown: Kuching, East Malaysia

Program: 3rd year Honours History with International Relations, Minor in Law and Society

Past and Present UBC Involvement: CAPCON, UBC Work Learn, Seri Malaysia Club

When I’m not studying, I’m … sleeping, hunting for desserts around Vancouver, planning my next holiday, trying to keep my studyblr updated but failing miserably.

Tip for my first year self: Learn to laugh at your mistakes. Mistakes are not failures, they are stepping stones that help you grow.

Arlo Sporn


Hometown: Vancouver, BC

Program: 4th year Philosophy Major

Past and present UBC Involvement: Work-learn, MURC

When I’m not studying, I’m smiling, playing and listening to music, thinking about things.

Tips for my first-year self: Don’t feel so set on your path! Things change!

Angela Liu


Hometown: West Vancouver, BC

Program: 4th Year, Major in Psychology, Minor in Education

Past and present UBC Involvement: Arts Undergraduate Society, UBC Orientations, Work Learn

When I’m not studying, I’m… watching Netflix and playing with my bunny

Tip for my first-year self: Get a bike!! (with a really good lock)


Keith Patena


Hometown: Vancouver, BC

Program: 4th year BA Major in Psychology and Minor in Education (Interpersonal Development)

Past and Present UBC Involvement: AMS Speakeasy, UBC Social Health Lab, Psychology Student Association, UBC Psi Chi

When I’m not studying, I’m … playing with my cats, browsing wholesome memes, listening to music, devouring more food than my body can handle.

Tip for my first year self: It’s okay if you don’t know what to do. Take the time to explore the campus and learn more about the people in it. It’s amazing what you can discover when you decide to reach out. Finally, stop hoping for a life without problems, there’s no such thing. Instead, strive for a life full of meaningful ones– you are defined by what you are willing to struggle for.