“I like being able to tell people everything I love about the University. I especially like giving incoming students a realistic sense of what student life is like, what things will be hard, and also the little things you'll remember for the rest of your life - like the missing TV in the E/F tower common room, or tripping in Jackson Creek during a winter lab and filling your chest waders with ice-cold water.”
Emily Yeung, a fourth-year Biology student, who is also pursuing a specialization in Conservation Biology and a minor in Environmental and Resource Science, is helping students choose Trent for their studies. As a student ambassador, she works as a tour guide and shares her experiences at virtual open house events. She’s also the vice president of the Biology Undergraduate Society (BUGS).
“Trent really emphasizes hands-on learning in its natural sciences courses, and they have a right to,” said Ms. Yeung. “Being able to do fish ecology labs right in the river, or volunteering in a lab on a salamander population project are the types of things I'm most excited to talk about. This stuff looks great on a CV, and frankly, it’s also just fun.”
Ms. Yeung knew Trent was the right university for her the first time she stepped foot on campus and took a tour – just like she’s giving to prospective students now.
“By the time I left campus, after speaking to faculty and some students, I had already made my decision,” shared Ms. Yeung.
Reflecting on her three years at Trent, Ms. Yeung knows she made the right choice.
“I wouldn't have had the amazing opportunities and experiences I have been able to if I had gone to a larger university,” she explained. “Having a good, personal relationship with faculty and staff has been great for my career going forward as well as just getting help and advice throughout my time here.”
Her advice to future students preparing to start their #TrentU journey? “I would say - do everything you possibly can. You will never look back at the end of your degree and regret playing in a campus rec league, taking that cool elective, hiking in the drumlin at dusk or jumping in the river on the way back from the gym with your friends. Just do and experience as much as you can. I really think the student experience is one of the best things Trent has to offer.”