"I am a firm believer in always allowing yourself opportunities to grow and learn, both in and out of the classroom."
A place for memorable experiences
"I met my best friends at Sauder's orientation in first year. Soon after, we were all hanging out at the Totem residences where some of them lived. Everything was so fresh and exciting as we talked about our lives and our aspirations for the next few years. I just remember thinking, Yeah, I'm going to like it here."
Paying it forward
"As the first born in my family, with no real mentor when it came to applying to university or experiencing university life, I decided to become that mentor for others who needed it. In my first year I joined the Campus Ambassador Program and visited high schools to give presentations about Sauder and UBC – the curriculum, life as a student, advice and more. The most rewarding part of being an ambassador was hearing from students afterwards that I had aided them in their decision to choose Sauder."
Following your passion
"After my second year I did some soul searching – as cliché as that may sound. When I was 17 I knew that I wanted to complete a BCom and specialize in marketing, and I knew that my first choice was UBC since it was close to home, both of my parents had attended, and it was a highly regarded university. My last two years of high school were spent doing everything possible to be accepted to Sauder.
By the time I turned 20 I was a little worried that I had developed tunnel vision. I began looking into design schools to explore my passion for the European fashion industry and my creative side. More specifically, I researched schools in Italy, where I could return to my Italian heritage. I found a great program in Florence to study Fashion Communication.
From the start, my goal was always to complete a semester in Italy and return to Sauder to complete my BCom. I took hold of the opportunity to broaden and complement my Sauder curriculum while gaining an international perspective. It was an unbelievably rewarding experience."
"After graduating I hope to enter the public relations industry, more specifically working within the growing fashion industry in Vancouver. Eventually, I plan on creating my own communications firm. I aspire to never stop travelling, learning, and satisfying my curiosity."
Advice for new students
"You WILL make friends, you WILL do well, and you WILL have an amazing four years."
Follow Giulia's adventures on her travel and fashion blog: ragstoroam.com