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

(L-R, back row) Jacqueline, Joty, Jessy Lee. (L-R, front row) Isabel, Jovin, Melissa, Hannah

Melissa Tan

Melissa Tan


Pronouns: She/her/hers
Hometown: Kuching, East Malaysia
Program: 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 … trying to learn new languages, on the hunt for food, reading random books, updating my playlists (music recommendations very welcome) and day dreaming.

Tip for my first year self: Learn to embrace your struggles and challenges. It is perfectly okay to seek help when you are struggling. A cry for help is not a sign of weakness. Rather, it is a symbol of strength.
Tiana Bone

Tiana Bone


Pronouns: She/her/hers
Hometown: Dauphin, MB
Program: 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: Prospective Economics Major, Minor in Commerce

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.
Isabel Chan

Isabel Chan


Pronouns: She/her/hers
Hometown: Surrey, BC
Program: Honours Philosophy, Major in Psychology

Past and Present UBC Involvement: Work Learn, Jump Start Orientations, Centre for Accessibility Student Assistant, UBC Culture/Emotion and Self Labs, Arts Vancouver Summer Program, CAP

When I’m not studying, I’m… singing, reading, deeply absorbed in thought.

Tip for my first-year self: Let curiosity lead the way. An inquisitive mind asks questions, which in turn ignites some of the most insightful conversations that you will ever have.
Joty Gill

Joty Gill


Pronouns: She/her/hers
Hometown: Surrey, BC
Program: History Major, International Relations Minor

Past and Present UBC Involvement: UBC Arts Internship Program: 2017 Winter Cohort, Go Global, Work Learn

When I’m not studying, I’m listening to music or day dreaming. Possibly both. Also, most likely reviewing the past weekend's least favourite Bollywood film with fellow enthusiasts.

Tip for my first-year self: Take it easy and don’t be so hard on yourself. Ask questions and pursue areas of study that you enjoy and are passionate about. Also, take the time to appreciate your surroundings and get to know the people around you better. Empathy and kindness go hand in hand and a warm and comfortable space is somewhere that everyone can prosper.
Jessy Lee Saas

Jessy Lee Saas


Pronouns: She/her/hers
Hometown: Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
Program: 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: 2nd Year Speech Sciences Student

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

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.