Faces of UBC: What piece of advice would you give your high school self?

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Don’t focus as much on academics. Focus more on discovering who you are, who you want to be. Where you go for university doesn’t matter as much as what you do outside of academics.

Arianna Leah Fischer, first-year

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High school self? I would definitely tell him not to be afraid of the future, ’cause it’s a scary thing. I would tell him, "it really doesn’t matter what you do, just do something." If you make a mistake, it’s okay. You’ll figure it out.

Roberto Attieh, first-year

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Don’t leave it to the last minute, don’t drink too much tea.

Charlotte Gilby, first-year

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There’s snow here.

Vasudha Jalan, first-year

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Keep focus, enjoy — I wouldn’t really change too much. When you’re a teen, you just gotta be yourself and enjoy.

Rjay Aujla, sixth-year

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Don’t go to UBC.

Jock Mills, first-year

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Throughout my high school time, I would keep switching from sports, to drama, to as many things to put stuff on my CV. I never really specialized in anything. But I realized that it’s okay to be broad in my spectrums because it lets me talk to people about different topics. It comes in really well when you’re socially networking. But I would tell my high school self to at least specialize in one thing.

Tabinda Mumtaz Sultan Shah, first-year

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If you’re an engineer — or in any faculty, actually — if you don’t understand anything, just go over it the moment you don’t understand, otherwise it’ll just pile up and be bad for you.

Adrian Viquez, first-year