Asteria (Xue'er) Wang from Chengdu, China St. Thomas University Class of 2020

Asteria (Xue'er) Wang from Chengdu, China

St. Thomas University Class of 2020

 
Aishwarya Radhakrishnan from the UAE St. Thomas University Class of 2020

Aishwarya Radhakrishnan from the UAE

St. Thomas University Class of 2020

 
Candice (Jiahui) Wang from Tianjin, China St. Thomas University Class of 2020

Candice (Jiahui) Wang from Tianjin, China

St. Thomas University Class of 2020

I am Asteria, an international student who is studying in STU as a first-year student. In the past two months, no matter it was open-mind language courses or rigorous academic classes, I enjoy them all. The courses are so motivating and interesting that I do not even know which branch I'm going to choose for further studies. By taking small-size classes, I no longer feel restricted and have courage to ask what I am confused about during class time. Now I am living in a school off-campus residence called Rigby Hall. With lots of enthusiastic and amicable local and international students here, I do not feel lonely anymore. In addition, the numerous activities on campus and in residence fill my leisure time. The International Students Orientation Day especially gave me a deep impression. No matter where you are, no matter where you come from, language is not the border to gain new friendship. You can be happy in learning and can grow in a new environment - these are the reasons why I like this school. 

 

St. Thomas University is said to be the small university of big opportunities, and from my experience, I can say that this is true. I am originally Indian but I've lived in Dubai my entire life. When I was in the 12th grade, I went to a career fair to explore my possible options. That's where I found out about STU. What peaked my interest in STU was that it was an exclusively liberal arts university. I am planning on doing a double major in psychology and criminology, and so, the fact that STU is a liberal arts university made it a good choice for me. Also, I liked the fact that 

STU is a smaller university and has a smaller society. As I am not the most extroverted person, this made it easier for me to make friends and settle into the community. STU also has smaller classes than most universities, and this makes it easier to establish bonds with your professors. I can say that all my classes are quite enjoyable, and the fact that my professors know me and take the time to clear any of my queries makes my university experience even better.

STU has also provided me with many different opportunities. Last year, I was in the university’s track and field team and this was an incredible experience. I wasn’t used to running on hills so that was something new to me. This year, I got the opportunity to be a welcome week leader for the off-campus first year students. Due to this, I got to demonstrate my leadership abilities and I got to enjoy welcome week again! I got the chance to experience all the activities for a second time, and this made it more fun!

STU is an incredible university, one that you will not forget. I’ve met so many amazing people this past year and I’m glad to call STU home.

 

My name is Jiahui Wang (Candice), majoring in economics. The first time I heard about STU was about one year ago on the Maple Leaf University Exhibition Tour. Then I found out that Fredericton is a peaceful and beautiful city, and STU is different than other universities. STU has really small class sizes, there are no more than 60 students in every class to guarantee the teaching quality, which is benefit to all the students. I am living in Rigby Hall, one of STU's residences outside the campus with independent bathroom and a public kitchen. It only takes 15 minutes to walk to campus or couple minutes by taking bus, and it's free to take buses with my student ID card. Additionally, there are many international and exchange students at STU. It has been a lot of fun to take ESL classes with those friends who come from all parts of the world, and hang out together on weekends.