Meet Your Peer Mentors for 2019-2020!

Sijan Poudel

Degree: Bachelor of Applied Science (Computer Engineering), 2nd year

Where I am from: Nepal

Interests: travelling to new places, meeting new people, reading non- fictional books, dancing, singing, drawing, swimming, badminton, tennis, basketball and piano

Student clubs/organizations that I am involved with: AMS Tennis Circle, UBC Surf club, Shine On Music, UBC Film Society.

I am most excited about: interacting with and supporting Vantage students and giving back the most to the Vantage community

Where you can find me on campus:

Walter Gage Residence, Sauder School (workplace), Fred Kaiser Building, Allard Library

A short message for new Vantage students: Live in the moment, invest in yourself and make the most out of your university life.

Ed Li

Degree: Bachelor of Arts (Film Studies)

Where I am from: I am from China!

Interests: I love watching stand-up comedies and listening to music whenever I get a chance

Students clubs/organizations that I’m involved with: still looking for interesting clubs to join, currently in one of the film clubs!

I am most excited about: seeing new faces in Vantage!

Where you can find me on campus: Chan Centre & Buchanan (sad)

A short message for new students: University life is not easy, work hard, play hard, ask for help when needed, you will be great!

Tsewang Diki

Degree: Bachelor of Science (Combined Major in Science (Chemistry, Life Science, and Earth and Environment))

Where I am from: Gorkha, Kathmandu, Nepal

Interests: I love hiking, drawing manga, travelling, and reading both fiction and non-fiction novels.

Student clubs/organizations that I am involved with:  I have not joined any students clubs, but I was involved in various leadership roles, like Orientation Leader. I am currently a Vantage Peer Mentor for 2019-2020, which I am very much looking forward to and explore what can I do.

I am most excited about: Getting involved with different extracurricular activities happening on/off campus. I am also excited about meeting new people!

Where you can find me on campus:  

You can find me mostly at the IKB library, The Nest or my dorm.

A short message for new Vantage students: Every individual will have their own experience; don’t hold yourself back from doing something different just because somebody said it’s not easy. Go out there and explore; you may never know what you can achieve until you try it.

Johnson Feng

Degree: Bachelor of Arts, 2nd year

Where: I’m from China.

Interest: I love travel around and meet new friends. Cook delicious food.

Student club/organization that I am involved with: actually, I am not involved with any school clubs. However, I had a part-time job which is near by my house. I also planning to join in some clubs that I am interest in someday.

I am most excited about: making great food by myself. Also, I like to schedule    my time systematically. In my spare time, I like hangout with my friends to play some sports.

Where you can find me on campus: I spend most of my time at Buchanan or IKB library. I also like to go to gym three times a week.

A short message for new Vantage students: I am glad to answer any questions from you guys. Feel free to email me with any question. Work hard makes perfect.

Robbie Yang

Degree Bachelor of Integrated Engineer, 3rd year.

Where I am from: Shenyang, China.

Interests: I love to eat and play card games.

Student clubs/organizations that I am involved with: I am the director of Advertising Department in Chinese Students and Scholarships Association this year. My work is to make short videos/vlogs that can show international students’ lives as well as making posters for the upcoming events.

I am most excited about: helping more international students that share similar background with me and help them feel comfortable here.

Where you can find me on campus: Orchard Commons, IKB, Place Vanier

A short message for new Vantage Students: Ordering Domino’s Pizza is also a great idea for lunch, and you can pay with student card!

Han Li

Degree: Bachelor of Commerce (Business Technology Management), 3rd year
Where am I from: Nanjing, China
Interests: Hiking, reading, travelling and thinking about life.
Student clubs/organizations that I’m involved with: UBC Dialogue, UBC CCSEA: China-Canada Student Entrepreneurship Association, Biztech
I am most excited about: I found my interest in NGO recently and look forward to working for organizations related to culture, people and society in the future! Also, Vantage College is quite international with students from different backgrounds which is a perfect community to work for!
Where you can find me on campus: You definitely can find me at Sauder! Also, I work out three to four times a week at ARC, join me if you want!
A short message for new Vantage students: To be whoever you want to be.

Marla Munkhuu

Degree: Bachelor of Applied Science (Civil Engineering), 3rd year

Where I am from: Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia

Interests: Swimming and photography

Student clubs/organizations that I am involved in: I am the social coordinator of the Civil Club here at UBC 

I am most excited about: I am always excited about meeting new people, so I am excited to meet all new Vantage students and work with them 

Where you can find me on campus: I spend most of my time studying at the library so you will most likely find me at the Irving K. Barber learning Centre

A short message to new Vantage students: I cherish my time at the Vantage College a lot because it not only made my transition into a university smoother, but it gave me an opportunity to meet a lot of like-minded individuals (from peers to instructors) and so my message to Vantage students would be “Try making the most of your time here at Vantage College, because it can really exceed your expectations.”

Ivy Luo

Degree: Bachelor of Arts, 2rd year

Where: China

Interest: Playing violin and ukulele; Writing Chinese calligraphy; Watching movie; Travelling.

Student clubs/organizations that I involved in: I am currently not in any other clubs or organizations, but I pay a lot of attention to the acapella club and choir—I used to get a place in a singing contest!

I am most excited about: Knowing more cute and friendly people in UBC and studying and working hard with them!

Where you can find me on campus: I live on campus and taking some geography classes, so you can easily reach me in residence and Geography building!

A short message for new students: Working hard, playing hard.

Wendy Cen

Degree: Bachelor of Arts, Political Science Major (International Relations Minor)

Where I am from: Macau SRC, China

Interests: Singing, Travelling, Watching Hockey, Hiking

Student clubs/organizations that I am involved with: I am currently the executive in HK Yours club and UBC Dragon Boat team.

I am most excited about: meeting all of the new students and working with experienced mentors.

Where you can find me on campus: IKB library, Walter Koerner Library, UBC village

A short message for new Vantage students: You might feel overwhelmed by workloads right now, but do not worry, we are here to help! And do not feel hesitate to contact any of us, WELCOME!

Sarah Baik

Coordinator, Student Academic & Development Services, UBC Vantage College

Alicia Cortez

Degree: Bachelor of Applied Science, Chemical and Biological Engineering 3rd year.

Where I am from: San Miguel, El Salvador.

Interests: Try new things, painting, drawing and books.

Student clubs/organizations that I am involved with: I am part of the Green Joule, an Engineering Design Team and currently working at Vantage College.

I am most excited about: Learn about everyone’s culture and interest. Been part of a design team and learn from the research they are doing.

Where you can find me on campus: Around Vantage College or the Chemical and Biological building.

A short message for new students: Don’t be afraid to ask questions!

Rebecca Liu

Degree: Bachelor of Arts, 2nd year

Where I am from: China

Interests: photographing, music and movies.

Student clubs/organizations that I am involved with: I am currently not affiliated with any student clubs. However, I participated several orientation events for first year students.

I am most excited about: Offering supports for Vantage students.

Where you can find me on campus: Vantage College

A short message for new students: Believe in yourself!

Get involved

Applications to be a Peer Mentor open in January. Stay up to date on the latest information at https://students.ubc.ca/vantage-peer-mentors 

Attend Events

September:

                Vantage City Hunt: Saturday, September 7th

                Vantage Movie Night: Friday September 20th

October:

                Movie Night with Manbeena (Psychologist from Counselling Services): Tuesday October 8th

                Vantage Halloween, Mysterious carving Tuesday October 29th 5-8 pm

November:

                Thrive November: Gratitude Wall (Entire month)

                Study Night and Tea: November 19th