Hi! I’m Olivia. I am a third year student at the University of Alberta and an international student from the United States! I came to Edmonton to learn, study, and expand my international perspective. I was born and raised in the Baltimore, Maryland/Washington D.C. area. Having this wonderful opportunity to spend the last two years in Edmonton has raised my global awareness. I would love to share with you what life is like for me at UAlberta!
Every weekday, I wake up and walk to class. I walk outside if it’s not too cold or I take an inside route through HUB Mall if snow is covering the grass. As a business student studying Finance and International Business, most of my classes are in the Business Building.
Above: (left) The 'Old Arts Building' located beside the business building. (right) The 'Business' Building
I love going to school and learning. After my classes, I usually study in the Winspear Business Library or in my apartment. I like to study in silence, but there are many libraries that provide different study environments. I enjoyed living in Lister Centre my first year at university. I currently live in an apartment that is conveniently located near campus.
Above: (left) The Winspear Business Library. (centre) My Lister centre dorm room from first year (right) My apartment living room.
On Mondays, I continue my classical voice performance training on campus. U of A provides many fulfilling opportunities for both of my passions: business and music.
Above: (left) Myself at the Edmonton Opera! (right) My sheet music stand.
There are many opportunities to volunteer with U of A International. I have participated as a Transitions International Orientation volunteer and International Week volunteer. I am a presenter in the Bridges Speakers program, where international students share aspects of their home country within the local community. I practice my Spanish with the Latin American Student’s Association. Through these opportunities, I have made friends from all over the world!
Above: (left) Volunteering for Transitions Orientation (right) Volunteering for International Week.
I try to work out every day. The Van Vliet Centre houses my new favorite gym! Here is a picture inside of the Butterdome, which is the large yellow building next to Van Vliet (see a campus tour!). There are so many students in this picture because we were all registering to help break the Guinness World Record for the largest dodgeball game!
Above: (left) The outside of the Butterdome. (right) The inside track of the butterdome filled with UAlberta students trying to 'Break the Record'
I am an initiated member of Delta Gamma Women’s Fraternity. We formally meet weekly. I enjoy spending time with the other members, especially through organized philanthropic and social events. Our main philanthropy supports vision loss awareness and prevention.We recently volunteered at 'Sight Night', which is a walk and run that raises money for people with visual impairments. I have also found other opportunities to raise money and awareness for other causes that are personally important to me.
Above: (left) The members of my Women's Fraternity, Delta Gamma. (right) Volunteering at 'Sight Night'
On the weekends, there are many opportunities to dress up, especially through the School of Business and through the Greek community. Here is a picture from last year’s Business Gala.
Above: A picture from the 2012 Business Gala
Our campus community has many fun events and locations to experience and explore. Some afternoons, I will meet my friends for coffee or visit the CCIS Observatory or Paleontology Museum on campus.
Above: (left) The observatory in CCIS. (centre) The paleontology museum. (right) Meeting my friend on campus for coffee.
On the weekends, I enjoy exploring what Edmonton has to offer. I like going to West Edmonton Mall, which is one of the largest malls in the world! I also enjoy outdoor events, like Ice on Whyte which is an ice sculpture display in one of Edmonton's most popular areas. I am amazed by the different formations the artists can make out of ice! I love watching UAlberta hockey games too. Our team is the Golden Bears.
Above: (left) Spending time with a friend at West Edmonton Mall. (centre) A slide made of ice at 'Ice on Whyte'. (right) UAlberta Golden Bears hockey game
This is a picture of me at last year’s Network of Empowered Women Conference at Chateau Lake Louise, near Banff. Lake Louise is relatively close to Edmonton and is known as a great location to ski. I haven’t skied in Canada yet, but I am planning to try several winter sports this year!
Thank you so much for reading about my life at UAlberta!