Living the Squamish Life

Sunrise at Cape Scott


Hiking at Elfin Lakes

Why hello there! I’m one of the new Admissions Counsellors at Quest, so I figured I should introduce myself! My name is Tara, and I will be the Admissions Counsellor for British Columbia. I’m very excited to be visiting schools around B.C., because this is where I grew up. In fact, I’m about as local as they come at Quest, because I grew up in Squamish.

Way back when, when I was thinking about going to university (and very excited about leaving Squamish and heading to better and brighter things), all I knew about Quest was that it was a private school being built up in the Highlands that I probably would never go to, and definitely would have a hard time paying for. I expected to go to UBC or SFU (local universities in the Lower Mainland of Vancouver), complete a science degree, and take a routine path towards medicine, or something in the health care field. But, as great as this sounded, it also sounded really boring. I like to get creative, go for hikes, read fiction, and write, and I was interested in a number of academic subjects that I wouldn’t get to do in a science degree. I love biology and science, but I didn’t want to lose these other passions while pursuing my degree. I was pretty perplexed about what to do, until an Admissions Counsellor from Quest, Regan Kohlhardt, came to my high school. I was sitting in an auditorium with a bunch of other kids, waiting for just another run-of-the-mill presentation about a university. What I got was information about a program that would not only allow me to pursue science while exploring other academic interests, but encouraged interdisciplinary exploration! And, it just to happened to be in my home town.

After this presentation, I knew that Quest was the place I wanted to go to school. I wasn’t sure if I would get in, or if I would be able to find the funding for it, but I needed to try. And I got in! After I got my admit letter, I didn’t even bother completing my application to SFU, because I knew Quest was where I wanted to be, and I knew I could make it happen.

Moral of this story? There are a lot of different programs out there, and they won’t all be right for you. But if you do find one that you love, you can make it work. I never expected to go to university in my hometown, and especially didn’t expect to be working for that university as an Admissions Counsellor, but I’m very glad to be starting my role here to help you start your academic journeys.

Cape Scott Provincial Park

Outside of Quest, I’ve spent this summer working at an airport and learning about planes, went on an incredible 6 day backpacking trip to the North Coast of Vancouver Island (check out Cape Scott Provincial Park – it’s incredibly beautiful), and enjoyed the beautifully sunny Squamish summer. I’m planning on going on a few more hikes in this incredible weather, and then hitting the road to visit schools across B.C.

I’m looking forward to meeting you all over the next few months, and helping you through the admissions process at Quest. I’ll be travelling all over B.C. throughout the fall, and you can check out the Quest on the Road Calendar for information about what schools I’ll be visiting. Hope to see you there, and enjoy the rest of your summer!

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