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.

Follow the New Student Checklist to plan your first year into easy to follow steps.

Meet Your Arts Peer Advisors

Tiana Bone

Tiana Bone

Pronouns: She/her/hers
Hometown: Dauphin, MB
Program:4th Year First Nations and Indigenous Studies, and English Literature

Past and Present UBC Involvement: Arts Internship Program (2017/18 W), Indigenous Undergraduate Research Mentorship Program (2019), Indigenous Committee (AMS), Indigenous Leadership Collective (ASA)

When I’m not studying, I am hanging out with my friends, reading fiction novels or random news articles, or watching Netflix. I prefer to take time to myself by de-stressing and balancing myself out.

Tip for my first-year self: Study. Do the readings. Give yourself time, and do not overload your schedule. Don’t be afraid to speak up in class/clubs/groups, you will regret it later. Also, don’t let others tokenize your perspective or voice
Jovin Shumbusho

Jovin Shumbusho

Pronouns: He/his/him
Hometown: Dar es Salaam, Tanzania
Program: 3rd Year International Relations Major, Commerce Minor

Past and Present UBC involvement: World’s Challenge Challenge, Reading Week Volunteer, Vancouver Summer Program, and The Global Lounge

When I’m not studying, I’m… watching Netflix, going to the movies, or exploring different restaurants around Vancouver

Tip for my first year self: Take things slow and discover the resources UBC has to offer. There is enough time to find out what you are most passionate about then use all the resources to support yourself in what you do.
Jessy Lee Saas

Jessy Lee Saas

Pronouns: She/her/hers
Hometown: Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
Program: 4th Year History Major, Creative Writing Minor

Past and Present UBC Involvement: Recreational Soccer, Musical Troop, Model Parliament, Go Global Seminar, Work Learn

When I’m not studying, I’m reading or humouring my friends with historical fun facts. Or I’m sitting with a cup of coffee at the Kits beach dog park enjoying the view (but mostly the dogs).

Tip for my first-year self: Be kind to yourself. Everyone will tell you it is going to be a learning curve and a drastic change from high school. This is true, however you are well equipped to be here. When things get stressful or overwhelming, go for a walk, call home, have a cinnamon bun, and remember that you will be alright. Do not doubt yourself.

Hannah Diopenes

Pronouns: She/her/hers
Hometown: Bangkok, Thailand
Program: 3rd Year Speech Sciences Major

Past and Present UBC Involvement: A member of the UBC A Capella group, UBC Work Learn, and CAPCON. Linguistics Research Assistant.

When I’m not studying, I’m eating food and watching Netflix or spending time around campus and Vancouver with my best friends, and the occasional crocheting.

Tip for my first-year self: I would push myself to join more extracurricular activities that piqued my interest so I could meet more people and have a chance creating memorable experiences instead of holding yourself back from them. Being uncertain is a normal part of the process so don’t be afraid to reach out for support when you need to!

Jacqueline Seppelt

Pronouns: She/her/hers
Hometown: Vancouver, B.C.
Program: BA Sociology

Past and Present UBC Involvement: CiTR 101.9, Work Learn

When I’m not studying, I’m either at Pilates, the beach, or a new restaurant!

Tip for my first-year self: You are here to learn things you are genuinely interested in. It’s ok to change your mind. Take your time, enjoy the ride, and don’t take your education for granted.

Gurleen Bhandal

Pronouns: She/her/hers
Hometown: Vancouver, B.C.
Program: Political Science

Past and Present UBC Involvement: UBC track and field team, member of UBC Pre-Law Society

When I’m not studying, I am reading or spending time with friends and family

Tip for my first-year self: Take every opportunity to experience and learn new things, inside and out of the classroom.

Brenda Gonzalez

Pronouns: She/her/hers
Hometown: Mexico City
Program: BA Economics

Past and Present UBC Involvement: I have worked with UBC studios and the Mathematics department making videos that help first-year students thrive in their university Math courses. I have volunteered with The Ubyssey by writing reviews of different events going on in Vancouver such as MOA exhibitions or the Vancouver Mural Festival.
I am currently treasurer of AMS Equal Voice UBC a student association advocating for representation of minorities in politics. We are also part of the Global Lounge where we promote our values of inclusivity and equity. I also work as a Collegia Advisor for the Upper Exchange Collegium.

When I’m not studying, I spend time with friends, trying new coffee shops (my favourite is Lokal on 4th avenue) around the city, or watching a show.

Tip for my first-year self: Take time to plan out your term and go to office hours or use other academic resources if you’re struggling with a class.