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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.

Kelsi Evans

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology Neuroscience student, 3rd year at UNB

September 2020

I was always scared to open up and share my views on difficult topics. It was my first-year proctor at UNB who originally inspired me to do so - she had no fear at all to push forward conversations. It really influenced me to be able to talk about things that people don’t always want to talk about, but that need to be discussed.

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Patrick Schilf

UNB Libraries Web Developer, 2nd year at UNB

August 2020

One thing that I really enjoyed about being a university student is getting to be in touch with a whole bunch of new people and people that came from all over. Before that, all my friends were from the same city, so you had your opinions and everyone was on board with it. And then suddenly, things were challenged. But that’s a great life experience: to realize not everyone is going to have the same opinions as you. 

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Book Sadprasid

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

August 2020

I really love working with people and I love technology. I want to bridge the gap between humanities and technology; I want to create technology that makes a difference in people’s lives.

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Mike Corey

Adventure Travel YouTuber & TV Host, BSc '08, 5 years at UNB

July 2020

My biggest realization while travelling is that our languages, religions and skin colour may be different, but we all want the same things: clean food and water, genuine love and to feel wholly appreciated.

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Alex Landine

Student Recruitment Marketing Officer, BA’17, BEd’18, 7th year at UNB

July 2020

I always wanted to learn Spanish. So I gave it a shot in my first year, loved it, then did it every single year for the rest of my degree and met a bunch of friends from all over Latin America. Language learning was such a path for me in finding myself, because not only did I learn a language, I learned about other parts of the world and other ways of understanding the world. For me, it’s a path to so many future opportunities and connections.

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Darien Edison

Bachelor of Science, Mechanical Engineering Student, 5th year at UNB

July 2020

Since I was ten, my dream has always been to become an engineer and to help shape the world into a better place. Thanks to scholarships, UNB and the contributions of benefactors, I’ve been given this chance. The chance to struggle, to persevere, to make lifelong friendships, to challenge myself, to realize my potential, to follow my dream. I think everyone deserves such an opportunity.

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Starlit Simon

Nata’ilsuteget, BA'06, 10 years at UNB

June 2020

Alsutamates ta’n teli alasutama’tikep weki saq. Kutjamuk lietes, nukates weljimajkewel aq kijelamusi, wejaqama'tes kaskusi aq ikate’s tumawei maqamikew. Tluwe’ wela’lin ukjit mst kowey. Toqojiw nuta’n apoqnmati na kesi pipanimates Uksitkamu aq Kisulkw.

Pray the way we used to pray a long time ago. Go outside, burn sweetgrass and sage, boil cedar, and put tobacco down on the ground. Give gratitude for all things and then, if you need help, you ask Mother Earth and Creator for it.

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Marcel Pefang

Bachelor of Kinesiology Student, 3rd year at UNB

June 2020

University has made me more confident. Playing in front of crowds, dancing in front of crowds, talking in front of crowds - this university has helped me to achieve all of that. I tend to be shy, but when I’m doing something I’m very passionate about, I become a very loud person, and this university has helped me to overcome my fear. It’s still there, but I’m working on that.

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Terry-Lynne King

Nurse Practitioner, UNB Student Health Centre, BN’00, MN’11, 21 years at UNB

May 2020

My father had gotten sick when I was in my second year of university and I remember thinking of all the nurses that were caring for him at the time. And it just really sat with me and resonated with me and I thought, ‘That’s what I want to do. I want to be a nurse and make a difference in people’s lives.’

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Jordan MacDonald

Bachelor of Arts, Psychology Student, 4th year at UNB

May 2020

My daughter was born when I was in high school and I've had custody of her since my first year. My first two years at UNB, I was on welfare and I wasn’t really aware of everything that UNB offered. The second I started to reach out, I realized how much I had been missing out on. Financial Aid was there to help me when I was falling behind on daycare expenses and there’s just been overwhelming support from the university’s community that has changed my life. I feel so welcomed, I feel safe at UNB and it's allowed me to focus on my education in a way that I didn’t think I would be able to.

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Brigitte Comeau

Beachlor of Business Administration Student, 3rd year at UNB

April 2020

I want to have kids. I want to grow up, be able to retire, be healthy. There still be fishes in the ocean and green grass. No matter how little of an impact I have, I do still have an impact. The fact that I can influence others with the choices I make inspires me to be better.

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Ryan Bennett

Physician Assistant (PA), BSc.'08, 9 years at UNB

April 2020

Being a healthcare professional in this time is unprecedented. It is up to each and every one of us to do our part: practice physical distancing, wash your hands and, please, STAY HOME. I'm so very fortunate to fight beside my coworkers and brave the unknown. They are some of the smartest and bravest people you'll ever meet: the other doctors, nurses, PAs, NPs, RTs, paramedics, clerks, janitors, lab staff, pharmacists and everyone else coming to the hospital to work. They say, 'look for the helpers.' Well, I'm surrounded by them. And I'm so proud.

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Hannah Wallace

PhD Student at Memorial University, BSc'17, 4 years at UNB

March 2020

When I applied to medical school and didn’t get in, I really felt like a failure. Like everything had crumbled. And now looking back, that’s probably one of the best things that ever happened to me because I had to think, ‘OK, what am I going to do next year if I’m not going to medical school?’ And that’s the reason I found research. I don’t even think about going to medical school anymore because I’m doing exactly what I love and I just know so much that virus research is exactly where I’m supposed to be.

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Samantha Stewart

Canadian Wrestler & RBC Olympian, BRSS'13, BA'14, MEd'19, 10 years at UNB

March 2020

If somebody tells you you can’t do something, don’t listen to them. I couldn't tell you the number of times I’ve been told I can’t do something and I’ve said, ‘watch me.’ It started when I played football in Grade 9 and they told me there was no Girls' team, so I said ‘I’m going to play for the Boys' team then.’ And anytime somebody has told me I couldn’t do something because I was a girl, I was like, ‘watch me do it.’ And it’s that sense of seeing it as a challenge rather than a threat and rising to the opportunity. Because I think those are actually beautiful opportunities to show people not just what you’re capable of, but what women are capable of.

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Peyton Juhnke

Bachelor of Philosophy in Interdisciplinary Leadership Student, 2nd year at UNB

February 2020

I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life. But reconnecting with my indigeneity, this part of myself that I didn’t really know before, has not only given me a clearer path, but also a purpose. It’s that whole spiritual piece of connecting you to something bigger than just yourself. The cultural disconnection I experienced is a consequence of colonialism. But knowing this motivates me everyday to do something meaningful and worthwhile with my life so my children and their children don’t ever have to wonder where they came from. They will know and they will be so proud.

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Tyler Johnson

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

February 2020

When I first got accepted to UNB Saint John, and they asked me to come play down here, I never thought in a million years that I’d be playing university volleyball, at all. So it was kind of surreal for me to have my first practice and just sit there and be like, ‘Wow, I actually made it. I’m playing for a university, I’m getting my degree.' I’m doing everything I wanna do right now and it’s perfect.

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Sandra Byers

Human Sexuality & Psychology Professor, Faculty of Arts, 42nd year at UNB

February 2020

Sexual well-being is important to people. And yet, many people aren’t as sexually satisfied as they could be. This is because they have knowledge gaps, comfort gaps, negative attitudes and anxiety about sex, their sex life is influenced by too many “shoulds” that don’t really fit for them, or they have difficulty communicating their sexual likes and dislikes. To enhance their sexual well-being and sexual satisfaction, people need to learn to accept themselves for who they are. They need to be properly educated, make decisions based on their own values, and learn to communicate openly and positively about sexuality.

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Victor Szymański

NB SPOR PIHCI Knowledge Translation Officer, BSc'18, 5th year at UNB

February 2020

Success to me is cultivating integrity, never compromising compassion, and helping create a society that nurtures those who are marginalized. Having survived conversion therapy that I was pushed into as a minor, the harms of that abuse linger - despite the trauma, plus a brief period of homelessness, I’m here only because of those who loved me in the darkest seasons of my life. I credit my supportive network, some of whom I met at UNB, like my caring thesis supervisors, Dr. Alison Luke and Dr. Shelley Doucet. Everything I am is thanks to the love I received from my family - biological and chosen - therefore, success is extending that love, creating a society built on integrity and compassion.

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Cormac Stewart

Renaissance College & Computer Science Student, 4th year at UNB

January 2020

Thinking that what you’re going through is not valid of an emotional response, I think that can be way more damaging than people realize. Just kind of slowly, but subtly, pushing and pushing something down until eventually it can manifest into something more. It’s OK to not feel OK. Good mental health doesn’t mean you’re just always happy all the time. It means you’re able to navigate and are aware of your emotions, and can cope with the ups and downs that come along with them.

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Kate MacNeill

Bachelor of Nursing Student, 5th year at UNB

January 2020

What you put into it is what you get out. I feel like if you just go to school and you grumble and you complain just to get through it, to get a degree, then that’s what you’ll get. But if you really take ownership of the experience and follow your heart and do stuff that you enjoy, it will pay you back. 

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