Student Voices: First impressions | Work of Arts
Student Voices: First impressions | Work of Arts

Student Voices: First impressions

First year student Andrea Barr shares some of her first impressions of campus after her first month at university.

Student Voices is a WOA blog feature that presents the experiences and point of views of current arts students around campus. Get to know our creative and passionate students through their “voices” and get a snapshot of life as an arts undergrad. The views and opinions expressed within these student voices posts are solely those of the author. 

I spent a large part of this past summer preparing — or so I thought — to come to University. However, when I arrived here, I realized that being a first year student is something that cannot be prepared for; rather it is something that is experienced. My first month of University has been largely comprised of first impressions and new experiences.

What were some of my first impressions?

When I learnt that I was only one of a small handful of Arts students on my floor in Lister, I wasn’t sure what to expect; however, within the first few days of getting to know my floor mates on 8 Kelsey, I began to realize that the different Faculties do not necessarily dictate our interests and personalities.image (1)

Walking around campus, the Arts buildings appear to have such a strong culture to them, which I’ve found carries over to the Faculty as a whole. As well, during orientation, I found that everyone I met within the Faculty was extremely friendly and made me feel very welcome. (This openness and friendliness has only continued as I’ve met more people in Arts.)

I chose to study at the Faculty of Arts because of the opportunity to take numerous courses that would foster my love of anything creative, and what made me fall in love with Arts in the past few weeks is how at home I feel. In high school I always felt like math and sciences were out to get me, the subject material may as well not have in been in English considering the lack of sense it made to me! Having the opportunity now to study material that welcomes me in and engages me in fascinating conversation has renewed the confidence I have in myself and inspires me to dream bigger than I ever have before.

I recognize that I am still in the “honeymoon” phase of the year, where everything is new and exciting and incredibly romanticized. Those of you reading who are further along in your academic and life journey may be smiling, but I assure you that I am beginning to experience the harsh reality of many hours spent on studying and doing homework. I thoroughly enjoy the work that I’m doing and the material that I’m studying, but if given the opportunity to cash in all of the naps I fought as a child, I would do so in a heartbeat!

My first impressions of what it’s like to be an Arts student have been so positive and have me looking forward to everything to come this year. Being surrounded by peers and professors who share common passions is extremely exciting and I look forward to getting to know them and their specialties better.


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About Andrea Barr

Andrea Barr

Andrea Barr is a first year student in the Faculty of Arts majoring in Psychology and minoring in Creative Writing. She is from Calgary and this year is fortunate enough to be living with a group of incredible people on 8 Kelsey, in Lister Centre. For as long as Andrea can remember, she has always pushed the boundaries; If someone told her to do A, she would do B just to see what happened. When it came time to apply for University, there was never a question in her mind about what she would be taking. Writing gives her the freedom to explore the small anecdotes of life and Psychology allows her to search further into the reasonings behind them. Not to mention that the Faculty of Arts offers some incredibly exciting electives which gives her the space to expand her love of the arts with courses including Drama and Scandinavian Fairy Tales. In Andrea's spare time you can often find her either skiing, travelling (or perhaps day dreaming about travelling), out with friends, or most frequently -- drinking hot chocolate in bed while watching Grey's Anatomy. Andrea looks forward to sharing her journey as a first year student in the Faculty of Arts, and throughout the craziness of this year she will continue to keep in mind her favourite quote: “Because I dream of being a writer, I tend to embrace the insanity.”