Catherine is a 2016 BSc graduate (in Bio and English) who will be tackling a BEd in Secondary Education this September. She currently works at the Centre for Teaching and Learning and her passions include children’s health and flat-faced pets. When she isn’t eating or chuckling to herself, Catherine enjoys playing piano, exploring the river valley and spiralling into existential reflections while stargazing. Read her stories.


Jeremiah is a 2nd year English student. Originally from Canmore, he currently serves as a Residence Assistance in Lister Hall. A loyal Toronto Maple Leafs, he has a keen interest in literature and human rights and hopes to work in a field where he can be involved in social justice. In collaboration with his friends, he's created a social media anti-discrimination campaign called the World Mosaic Project. Read his stories.


Kevin is a 1st year MA (Thesis) Anthropology student. A research nerd, his interests include topics on gender/sexuality, food, and anything Southeast Asia. Kevin prefer cats over dogs and just like everyone else, he always skip ads when watching YouTube videos. A self-confessed TV buff, he will watch teen or any slice-of-life dramas with no shame. His favourite candy is Starburst. The lemon Starburst to be exact. Read his stories.


Melissa is a second year BA in Global and Development Studies at Augustana. Her favourite pastimes are drinking tea, eating chicken wings, rock climbing and playing her ukulele. Melissa loves wearing bright red lipstick to match her hair and her sarcastic personality! Read her stories.


Niabi is a fourth year BA student double majoring in English and Spanish. She’s a relentless optimist, hazardously curious, and loves a good laugh (her friends would say that she has a juvenile sense of humour). When not jamming out to Reggaeton, you can find her trying to cuddle every dog she sees, or serving herself “eyes-are-too-big-for-your-stomach” helpings. Read her stories.


Paige is a fourth year BA student with a double major in French and Spanish. She is passionate about anything cultural (especially cuisine) and loves to travel anywhere new. Her hobbies include feeling guilty for taking naps but doing it anyways, watching old French films, and running long distance. Read her stories.


Rachel is always up for a good adventure, as long as it doesn’t involve spiders. When not snuggled in a corner connected to headphones and attached to a good book, she’s spending her last year at the U of A tracking down as many quirky people and events as this campus can offer. She would willingly and gladly roll down more hills — and believes this is a valid pastime — if not for her allergy to grass. Read her stories.


Taylor is in her fourth year, trying out her third faculty. After getting a taste of Sciences and Education, she decided Business was truly the faculty for her. When she is not studying for that elusive 4.0 GPA, you can find her glued to her computer, writing a new post on her personal style & beauty blog, And if she gets bored of that, you can most definitely bet she’s busy taking countless Snapchats of her Goldendoodle, Oakley. Read her stories.  


Zach is a sixth-year Sociology major with a creative writing minor. Scared of being a real adult and being awake before noon. He can be found either eating, sleeping, meandering in the river valley, or watching a Toronto Blue Jays game. He misses having long hair because now none of his hats fit properly. Read his stories.

Albert - YouAlbertaALBERT 

Albert is a final year MD/MBA student. When not at the books, he enjoys playing guitar, squash, dancing, cooking, travelling, and adrenaline sports. As a kid, Albert would often throw up whenever startled, to the dismay of haunted house employees. With a stronger stomach, he intends to try unique food on every continent. Read his stories.

Colin - YouAlbertaCOLIN

This is Colin is franco-albertan, hailing from the rural town of Saint-Paul where they have a landing pad to welcome any potential alien life forms. Weird? Maybe, but what's really weird is how many awesome people there are in that town. He loves sports, books and movies and he might love Lego a little too much. Colin is currently taking a victory lap with a political science major and economics minor over at Campus Saint-Jean, and he wants you to know that if you haven't had the chance to go there yet, you're missing out. Read his stories

Jobey - YouAlberta JOBEY

Jobey is in her fifth and final year studying Spanish Language and Literature & Women's and Gender Studies. She gets most of her inspiration from Vines & YouTube videos and over enthusiastically quotes them any chance she gets. When Jobey is not spending her days and nights in Rutherford Library, she can be heard from miles away "trying" to whisper.She really can’t whisper. Like, not even a little bit. Read her stories. 

Kevin - YouAlberta


Kevin is a 4th year Anthropology Honors student. He hails from the Philippines and has been living as a proud Edmontonian for half a decade. When not busy, which is a rare occurrence, Kevin enjoys long walks, volunteering, and binge-watching past seasons of Survivor. He aspires to become a ‘cool’ social scientist while trying to get his Twitter account verified (though he doesn’t tweet much).  Read his stories.

Niabi - YouAlberta


Niabi is a third year student just starting a BA in English with a Spanish Minor. She’s a relentless optimist, hazardously curious, and tends to laugh a lot (her friends would say that she has a juvenile sense of humour). When not spending money she doesn’t have on clothes, or jamming out to Reggaeton, you can find her in a movie theatre, reading a book that involves sword fighting and dragons. Read her stories.

Rachel - YouAlberta


Rachel never leaves her house without a pair of good headphones, her current favourite read, and a cup of tea. She’s a third-year English Major and Linguistics Minor who mainly enjoys hanging out with cats, but will leave their side for the promise of some live music and the company of friends. Some of her dreams include sleeping in and never running into a scary insect ever again. Read her stories.

Shadi - YouAlbertaSHADI

Shadi, a soon to be graduate of the Specialization in Mathematics and Economics program, is a fond admirer of the Spring and Summer, Bluetooth speakers, and ItDog. He plans on eventually doing graduate work in the incredibly cool field of  Econometrics. In his free time, he enjoys his bike not breaking, and people not yelling at him to stay off the road. Read his stories.

The YA's (2014 - 2015)

Aala - YouAlberta


Aala is in her final year of the Neuroscience program. Now, onto the real important stuff: any doctors out there reading this? She's got a serious case of wanderlust-itis, and was wondering if there were any immediate cures? Because it’s got her on Pinterest, pinning images of places she’ll likely only visit in her dreams. At any point during the day, you can most definitely find her in the lineup for Tim Horton’s (ANY Tim Horton’s really, she's got quite a radar for it) getting her daily Iced Capp fix. Read her stories

Chris - YouAlbertaCHRIS

Chris is in the sixth year of his Bachelor of Music with a concentration in Trumpet Performance. When not practising, you can find him planning community service events for his fraternity, two-stepping all night long at Cook County, or discovering the best restaurants in Edmonton. He also loves long walks through the River Valley and enjoys looking at pictures of cute puppies by candlelight while watching romantic comedies—that’s only partially a joke. Read his stories.

Dan - YouAlberta DAN

Dan is a fourth year student with a Political Science and History double major. As such, people are his passion. He loves reading about the cultures and the societies that they create, the problems that they face and the amazing ways that they have overcome their obstacles. He figures that there are at least one or two people out there who, like him, enjoy learning about those around them too.  Read his stories.

Edward - YouAlberta EDWARD

Edward is currently in the fourth year of a Biological Sciences major with a minor in Sociology. As he nears the end of his degree, he's really taking the time to enjoy this thing called “student life.” When not struggling with being un-photogenic, he can be found near the back row of class, not because he think he's cool, but because he likes to observe his surroundings from the best view possible. Read his stories.

Jobey - YouAlberta JOBEY

Jobey is a fourth (+2) year BA student studying Spanish Language and Literature and Women’s and Gender Studies. She doesn’t really know what she wants to be when she grows up, but if she had to choose, she would probably say Shakira because her hips don’t lie. And honesty is important to Jobey. She has two obsessions that keep her heart perpetually pleased and her bank account endlessly empty: shoes and travel.  Read her stories.

Kiera - YouAlberta KIERA

Kiera is a fourth year Biological Sciences student with an English minor, trying to keep life interesting. She likes to consider herself a glass-half-full type, and is most at peace spending quality time with loved ones (with a little wine and cheese on hand). When not trying to balance her student group with studying, she can be found testing out different hobbies. Read her stories.

Paige R - YouAlberta PAIGE

Paige is a fourth year student aspiring to become a Conference Interpreter after completing a bachelor of arts in French, Spanish and Japanese. She has a passion for everything cultural and is a total linguistic nerd. Away from her favourite study spot on campus, you can find her training with the Rowing Team or taking naps wherever possible. 

Shadi - YouAlberta SHADI

Shadi is currently doing a double major in Mathematics and Economics - an amalgamation of the two most enjoyable fields fathomable. Now - pull up an ear and listen reader: there lives a thriving ecosystem of academia addicts and campus-culture aficionados throughout the U of A, and he's hoping to get these stories to you. Also, from time to time, he’ll try to make you smile with “humor”. Read his stories.

Shannon - YouAlberta SHANNON

Shannon provides YouAlberta with the graduate student perspective. She's currently in the last year of her degree and has (quite) a few years of experience on the U of A campus as both an undergrad and graduate student. Her passions include science and getting others involved in science related activities, volleyball, hiking, and camping. As a bonus, she's full of tips on how to have fun on a student budget. Read her stories.

The YA's (2013 - 2014)

Billy - YouAlberta


Billy is a second year Arts student still scavenging through the course catalog for that perfect major. When not feeding my reality TV addiction or scurrying to finish my latest assigned reading, he’ll be searching our campus for the most intriguing stories about diversity, academic success and the quirks that make our university the gem that it is. Read his stories.

Erin - YouAlberta


Erin is going into her eighth, and final, year at the University of Alberta. When she grows up, she wants to be a fairy princess… but since the U of A doesn’t offer that program, she's working to complete her Bachelor of Elementary Education. She can usually be found consuming excessive amounts of caffeine in the library, volunteering with her sorority sisters, or hitting up the latest campus events. Read her stories.

Trenton - YouAlberta


Though he spends a staggering amount of his time thinking about a syllabus for an imaginary Batman 101 class, Trenton's major is actually Political Science. He loves to read, eat, and play around in Photoshop (sometimes all at once). If you're ever looking for someone to debate about a variety of nerdy topics, then he's your man.  Read his stories.

Yasir - YouAlberta


When he's not busy with engineering school, Yasir loves painting in abstracts. He's also a huge movie buff and will watch anything with zombies in it. His experience at the university so far has brought forward a tremendous amount of personal growth, and I can’t wait to help share the wonderful stories and student experiences of this amazing university. Read his stories.

Kate - YouAlberta KATE

Kate is a second year Political Science major at the U of A, although she's probably spent enough time on Twitter to earn a Bachelor’s degree in Social Media Studies. When not tending to the delicate balance between academia and the Internet, she's usually obsessing over karaoke, colorful pants and carbohydrates. Read her stories.

Liz - YouAlberta LIZ

Liz is about to enter the world of teaching. She's in the process of completing her last semester at the University of Alberta in the Faculty of Education. Capturing memories and the world around her through photography is what Liz does best. And laughing out loud at life is what she enjoys the most. When it comes to free time, she doesn’t have much, but when she does, Liz spends it singing, dancing poorly, and scouring Pinterest for excellent recipes and crafts. Read her stories.

Paige G - YouAlberta


Paige is a third-year English and Sociology student at the U of A. The best parts of her degree so far have been her two study exchanges (Quebec City and Italy), finally deciding on her major (after three switches) and her involvement with student media on campus. Paige loves taking planes to new places, enjoys a good cinnamon bun, and adores her dog. Read her stories.


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