Quest University Canada, located in the coastal mountain community of Squamish, is Canada’s first independent and secular university. With the block plan, an arts and sciences degree, foundation and concentration courses, and experiential learning possibilities, Quest is a unique place unlike any other university in Canada. Therefore visiting the campus is the best way to experience the academics, the environment, and the unique culture this place has to offer.
There are different possibilities to visit Quest including an individual visit and an on-campus preview event. Visitors are welcome to visit the campus throughout the year. However, during the term visitors have the opportunity to attend a class (when in session), meet current students, staff and faculty, tour the campus, and sample lunch in the dining hall. There is also the possibility of meeting with Admissions Counsellors to talk about admissions, scholarships, and financial aid. However, today I will highlight another type of visit, known as On-Campus Preview Events.
Preview Day is a daylong event, which presents a widespread overview of Quest’s academic program and admissions procedures, as well as provide an introduction to our tight community. Visitors take sample classes, tour campus, attend Q & A sessions with administrators, faculty members, and students, and experience Quest’s dining facilities. Throughout this blog, I will give a thorough overview of what happens during the Preview Day.
Visitors check-in at 9 am in the main reception desk and then proceed to the Mix & Mingle, which takes place in the Atrium. The Mix & Mingle is a great place to talk with current students, faculty members, and staff. Coffee and baked goods are also served from our cafeteria’s Parisian pastry chef, Alain.
At 9:30 am, Introductions and Opening Comments take place. These speeches are given by Chelsey Froberg (Director of Admissions) and David Helfand (President and Vice-Chancellor). Afterwards, Faculty/ Students Life panel (consisting of faculty, students, and a Quest graduate) answer any questions visitors have for about one hour. This is a great time to hear more about students’ experiences, what our alumnae are currently doing, and lots more. When the panel is over, Ambassadors send students to sample classes whereas parents attend a Scholarship and Financial Aid talk. Afterwards, numerous tours and parent sample classes take place.
Throughout the tours, visitors are able to see our library, learning commons, bookstore, cafeteria, classrooms and breakout rooms, residences including a showroom, and the recreational facilities.
Prior to lunch, students attend a talk known as “Application, Next Steps, Scholarship, & Financial Aid Talk.” Students have this talk separate from their parents, which is great because later on when they reconvene with their parents, prospective students can share their opinions and experiences.
At 1:00 pm, lunch is served in the Multi-Purpose Room (MPR). There are numerous people present including ambassadors, admissions counsellors, students, and the Athletics coordinators and staff. Black-Katz catering company provides the lunch, which is the same company that provides our meals in the cafeteria on a daily basis. All the food that we eat throughout the Preview Day is the same food that students have access to everyday. After lunch, tours resume.
At around 2:15 pm, all participants and visitors reconvene in the atrium to eat dessert and debrief. It was amazing meeting admitted students and hearing how excited they are to come to Quest in the Fall of 2015.
I hope to meet more students during the following Preview Day, which takes place on March 14, 2015.