Katy Au (she/her)

Major: Archaeology

Certificate: Forensic studies

Post-secondary doesn't have to be a straigth path.

Katy’s wasn’t. Before beginning her bachelor’s in archaeology, she started at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. Katy wasn’t sure about transferring to SFU. Fortunately, her professor at KPU helped support her in making the decision, and Katy found even more resources once she arrived.

“Overall, it was much easier than I had anticipated. Going from a smaller university to a much larger one, I expected the latter to be stricter and more difficult… But actually, the experience has been very similar to that of KPU. My professors and peers are helpful and incredibly understanding.”


Katy says that the hardest part about transferring was the change in her commute, which increased. She wasn’t deterred though and got involved with her departmental student union as vice-president of the Archaeology Student Society. And like many students, Katy worked part-time during her degree. Through networking at SFU, Katy was also able to gain work experience doing zooarchaeological sorting for Arrowstone Archeological Research and Consulting.

The wide selection of courses and opportunities in the archeology department were also perfect for Katy’s wide range of interests. Her favorites are zooarchaeology (ARCH 340) and human osteology (ARCH 373).

Katy pushed the boundaries of her comfort zone even more by participating in the 2019 K’omoks Field School in Courtenay in her second semester at SFU. Katy barely knew anyone and had zero camping experience, but she quickly adjusted to camp life and made new friends! This field school was a partnership with the K’omoks First Nation that focused on excavating an important ancient village site called Pentlatch. Katy was able to apply what she learned in the classroom through archaeological field work through mapping, digging, and data collection.

Katy is currently finishing her archeology degree with a certificate in forensic studies. From getting ready at Kwantlen to exploring SFU, Katy shows how taking the leap can help you grow in ways you might not expect.