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What makes UNB shine?

The people who study, work and teach in our community! In this series, we invite you to take an authentic look at the lives of our students, faculty, staff and alumni as we share why #WeAreUNB.

Tomi Gbeleyi

Lighthouse Labs General Manager & Founder of MFMG Cosmetics, BA'13, 4 years at UNB

January 2020

You can’t do it all on your own. I think a lot of people, especially now that owning your own business is so over-glorified and sensationalized, there’s this impression that you’ve got to be this superstar who knows everything, but it just doesn’t work that way. It’s OK to not know everything. You’re gonna need advice. You’re gonna need other people who are experts to tell you what to do.

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Shawn McKay

Sodexo General Help, 35th year at UNB

January 2020

We know that for all these kids, when they’re going to school, it’s pretty stressful for them. Between exams, projects, and so on and so forth. So when they come up to the counter, if we can put a smile on their face, then we’re doing something right.

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Hillary Nguyen

International Student Transition Advisor, BAA'17, 5th year at UNB

December 2019

I was an international student myself and, I’ve gotta admit, it is one of the biggest advantages that really contributes to my job as a Transition Advisor. I’ve always wanted to make changes and would bring everyone together when I was younger; now here I am, advocating international students from personal matters to professional development. My favourite part of the job is being able to provide cultural awareness to the UNB campus and the greater New Brunswick community.

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Patrick Reynolds

Mathematics and Statistics Professor, Faculty of Science, 7th year at UNB

December 2019

I've struggled with math a lot. That feeling of ‘I can’t get this, I’m not good at this,' and 'I’ve learned about as much math as my brain can handle’ - I know that feeling. I see it in my students. They don’t think I know that feeling, but I do. I've overcome it, and so can they.

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Sohan Kobiri

Bachelor of Engineering, Mechanical Engineering Student, 2nd Year at UNB

November 2019

The best part about being here at UNB is that you could get involved in so many ways to get the best of experiences and bring out the best version of yourself, no matter which faculty or program you are in. From being a TEDxUNB delegate to a RedShirt, each and every single experience I have had helped me evolve as a person and put me a step closer to achieving the things I always wanted to pursue.

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Reid Sutherland

Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Arts Student, 3rd year at UNB

November 2019

It feels like every day that I’m at UNB, I’m changing. It’s very cheesy to say, but I feel like the best version of myself when I’m here because there are so many opportunities, and so many people to share them with. The people that I choose to surround myself with are constantly pushing themselves to be better; the peer mentors, my fellow proctors, my team, my friends. They motivate me to do better.

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Nadia Wysote

Bachelor of Business Administration, Accounting Student, 5th year at UNB

November 2019

When I came to UNB, I was really shy and quiet and didn't think anybody really knew who I was. Now I'm in my fifth year and stand in front of my peers educating them about who I am. 

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Emin Civi

Marketing Professor, Faculty of Business, 15th year at UNB

November 2019

Teaching’s kind of like parenting. Every cohort or class is different, therefore you need to have different approaches. Students are not only learning marketing, they are also learning to learn. If you’re able to teach your students to learn, it’s the most important skill you can help them acquire. 

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Brendan Sheehan

Orthopaedic Surgeon, BSc'05, MD, 4 years at UNB

October 2019

I’ve been to five universities and none of them has paralleled the close community that is created at UNB. That would be its biggest strength in my eyes. It has strong professors, strong academic programs, strong extra-curricular programs, athletic and non-athletic activities; but it’s that close-knit community that really makes it stand out.

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Julia MacPherson

Bachelor of Engineering Student, 1st year at UNB

October 2019

Apply to all the universities, apply for all the scholarships, because you never know. You might think, ‘That’s not going to be for me’ or ‘I’m not good enough for that’, but you really are. Put yourself out there and get involved – you won’t regret it.

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Craig Fernandez

Business and Philosophy Student, BPhil'19, 4th year at UNB

October 2019

It’s an opportunity like nothing else when you’re this age: to be the president of an organization of this size representing 6,000 students. There aren’t many other organizations that represent so many people that are willing to hand over the reins to a twenty year old.

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Trish Pendleton

Counsellor and Sexual Assault Support Advocate, BA'13, BEd'13, MEd'16, 8th year at UNB

October 2019

It’s hard for people to know what to expect going into counselling. It’s a conversation. You can bring in your goals, it can be so positive. Whether you’re going through something right now or not, you can do a lot of skill building.

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Shaelyn Ramos

Master of Environmental Management Student, 2nd year at UNB

October 2019

Being able to work with UNB Sustainability this past summer has been a great opportunity to learn about all the awesome programming that is making the campus greener. A highlight for me was helping out with the free food planters and having the chance to talk to folks around campus who share a passion for sustainability.

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