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 2018-19: (L to R) Joty, Isabel, Melissa, Jovin, and Angela

Chelsea Gladstone

Chelsea Gladstone


Pronouns: She/her/hers

Hometown: Skidegate, Haida Gwaii

Program: First Nations Indigenous Studies, Gender Race Sexuality and Social Justice

Past and present UBC involvement: A former sorority member of the Alpha Phi Beta Theta Chapter

When I’m not studying, I’m exploring the beaches near UBC campus. It's a great way for me to allow my mind and body to de-stress.

Tip for my first-year self: I would encourage myself to prioritize a balanced lifestyle. Studying is an important aspect of a student’s life, but I also believe that taking care of one's physical and psychological health is just as important.
Melissa Tan

Melissa Tan


Pronouns: She/her/hers

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.
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, Access & Diversity 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.
Keith Patena

Keith Patena


Pronouns: She/her/hers

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 … taking photos of my cats, browsing wholesome memes, listening to music, and devouring more food than my body can possibly handle.

Tip for my first year self: It’s okay if you don’t know what to do. Take your time to explore the campus and try to learn more about the people in it. It’s amazing what you can discover when you decide to reach out. Most importantly, stop hoping for a life without problems because 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.
Anglea Liu

Angela Liu


Pronouns: She/her/hers

Hometown: West Vancouver, BC

Program: 4th Year Major in Psychology, Minor in Education (Interpersonal Development)

Past and present UBC involvement: Arts Undergraduate Society, AUS Health & Wellness, UBC Orientations, UBC Centre for Collaborative Research on Hoarding, Work Learn

When I’m not studying, I’m watching Netflix or going out to eat with my friends.

Tip for my first-year self: Even if you think you know exactly what you’re going to study, you’re probably going to change your mind somewhere along the way and that’s okay! You’re about to have the best 4 (probably 5) years of your life here so don’t forget to stop and smell the roses in between all those study sessions and always be sure to keep your mental health as a top priority.