What she likes most about Vancouver:
I visited Burnaby the summer before I moved here and fell in love with the landscape and the weather!
Advice for students moving to SFU:
You won’t usually need an umbrella while on campus, since most of the campus is under cover, but you will need a good one for going off campus. You also don’t need a lot of cold-weather gear, unless, like me, you have a low cold tolerance.
Insider SFU tips:
When they tell you in orientation to take care of your mental health, they’re not kidding. If you’re tired, stressed, and lonely, you’ll perform worse academically and feel worse about yourself. Make friends inside and outside your department, attend social events, talk to your friends and supervisor about how you’re feeling, and most importantly, eat healthily and get sleep. It is possible to get a graduate degree without pulling all-nighters.
The Tim Horton’s on campus is your friend. To my fellow US citizens: Tim Hortons is like Dunkin’ Donuts but better. It’s a great place for a bagel and cream cheese, or a quick breakfast donut (PS: donut holes are called Timbits up here).