This fall, another group of graduates join the cohort of the Class of 2021. Those graduates reflect on their time at the University of Calgary by sharing their favourite spaces on campus, the advice they would give themselves on the first day of studies, and what surprised them the most about their university experience. A few of those answers are collected below.
It was the best of times, it was the… most challenging of times. The Class of 2021 has the distinction of completing their final year during a global pandemic — circumstances that inspired us to vote this incredibly focused, adaptable and resilient cohort Most Likely to Succeed, Inspire and Persevere. We are so proud of all of you for your determination and passion.
Sara Scott, Faculty of Nursing
Most Remarkable Balancing Act
“I was surprised at how little I actually knew about colonization and the distress that has impacted, at the population health level, this group and how my own family was impacted.”
"I’ve never had a winter semester where I didn't lose somebody. I think that’s why I work so hard, because I know I’m not the only Indigenous student managing funerals and assignments. I have Indigenous friends, and we're all managing funerals and assignments."
“When I started working with people I thought, ‘oh I can help them.’ But that was wrong: it’s more about creating a bond with the individual, a friendship. It’s not about fixing a person but empowering them.”
Congratulations to the Class of 2021: Rex Has Got You!
We sure wish you were here for one last spicy beef sub (hold the cilantro) or to toast to your newly minted degree at the Den. But hark! Here comes the most loveable Dino who always just seems to get you!