UNBC: An insider look

Prince George, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA: October 14th, 2009 - UNBC students on campus in Prince George on October 14th, 2009. Photograph by Simon Hayter

Photograph by Simon Hayter

Kara-Lee MacDonald, 24

Living in Prince George made attending UNBC a no-brainer. It was the cheapest choice, plain and simple, and I told myself I would save money and consider my options after I had completed a couple of semesters. Within my first week of studies, I recall being enthusiastically invited to join a multitude of quirky student groups, including (but not limited to) the Nerdy Gaming Club, the Historical Fencing Club and the Underwater Hockey Club. Less than a month in, I experienced UNBC’s legendary Backyard BBQ, with reggae rockers Bedouin Soundclash headlining the show. Six years later, I’m still at UNBC, picking away at my thesis, only now my reasons for being here have less to do with money and more to do with the close relationships I have been able to build with other students, as well as professors and staff. Students from all over the world choose to make this school their home, which has given me the rare and amazing opportunity to meet a wide-ranging group of people with culturally diverse perspectives without having to travel the globe. What they say about good things coming in small packages is true, and UNBC is a case in point. UNBC is small, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in energy, community and diversity.

UNBC is a great option for the creatively minded individual. If you like to write, consider submitting work to the UNBC Student Anthology, joining the school paper, Over the Edge, or popping by the writer-in-residence office to swipe some invaluable insight from a published author. If you are more outspoken, there’s also the school radio station, CFUR, and the Drama Club, which puts on great (and occasionally twisted) plays every year.

City Vibe
One of the first things you hear from anyone who is new to Prince George is that there is a lot of snow. Yes, dealing with snowy, cold weather is undeniably an aspect of living in P.G., but—and at the cost of sounding corny—it is the warm, inviting nature of the people in this town and its characteristically close-knit community that ends up melting the hearts of those who decide to make their home here, in the largest city in northern B.C. You won’t find the hustle and bustle of major centres like Toronto or Vancouver in Prince George, but that is part of its charm.

The Skinny
My go-to website for things to do and see in Prince George is TakeOnPG.com.