Fanny is a second year student from Vancouver. She is also part of the Elite Athlete and Performer Program for her horseback riding.
Why did you pick Quest?
I was first drawn to Quest because it was close enough to home that I could keep riding while going to school. I also really liked the idea of the block program and learning only one subject at a time. Quest also gave me a good scholarship, which made my decision much easier.
What was the hardest part about transitioning to life at Quest?
The hardest thing for me was balancing school, a social life, and riding. I was going back to Vancouver every weekend to ride, and that was really hard when I wanted to hang out with my new friends at Quest. It was tough being off campus a lot.
What are you studying/do you want to study here?
My question is “how are plate tectonics changing the earth?”. Basically, I am studying geology, volcanology, seismology, and orogeny.
Tell us about one of your favorite moments at Quest.
My favorite moment was going to Hawaii for class. I took Volcanology with Steve Quane in January and it was amazing. We spent the first 2 weeks of the block at Quest learning about magma and volcanoes before we went, doing lot of experiments (especially using Coke and Mentos and lots of corn syrup). Then we got to spend two weeks in Hawaii and got to see all the things we learned in real life. We got to explore active and inactive volcano areas and learn all about the geology of the islands. It was such an amazing experience!
What are your plans after Quest?
I plan on going to graduate school in geology, mapping, or plate tectonics.
I really like the block plan. I enjoy being able to delve into just one subject at a time and get a lot out of it without worrying about other classes.
If there was one thing you could change about Quest what would it be?
It would be nice to have more food options on campus. I would like to see another space to get food on campus other than the cafeteria or cafe, preferably closer to the residence buildings. It would also be nice to have more than just one catering service in the cafeteria so there would be a bit more variety. More healthy options would also be great.
What advice would you give to other students?
Set good habits (study, eating, scheduling, etc.) in first year. If you establish them in first year, they will carry through to other years and will help a lot once you get to concentration classes.