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The Basics

Name: Nimisha Sharma

Faculty/Program/Year: Science, Environmental Science and Economics, Year 5

Hometown: Surrey, BC



What has been your favourite course at UBC so far? I can’t choose one! I really enjoyed my ENVR 200, ENVR 300, and ENVR 400 classes because I felt that I learned a lot of relevant skills in terms of researching, working on group projects/ presentations and report writing which are going to be useful in my future career. Along with that, all my professors for those classes were really helpful and knowledgeable. Another class I remember enjoying was Econ 374 and that was because I found the topic of Natural Resource Economics really interesting and I found Professor Gulati to be really engaging and clear at explaining concepts.

Do you have a special place on campus that you like to go for studying or “you time”?  Nothing that special but when I had a lot to get done, I would study in the basement of Koerner Library and in my room at my apartment in the Village.

What would your first-day-at-UBC self think of what you’re doing today? I think my first-day-at-UBC self would be impressed at how involved I was able to become while maintaing a good GPA and making lots of friends.

How do you de-stress when things are getting to be too much with school and involvement pieces? Some of the ways I de-stress when things start to get too much with school and involvement include: cooking and baking; running; watching movies and shows on Netflix by myself; going out with my sorority sisters and friends.



What are your current involvements at UBC? Currently I’m not involved in anything at UBC because I am graduating in May (the only semester I haven’t been involved). Some of my past involvements include: being the Second Year Representative, VP Finance, and VP Communications for the Environmental Science Students Association; being the Activities Chair, Chapter Treasurer, and Alumnae Relations Chair for Alpha Omicron Pi UBC; being the Director of Corporate Relations for Shinerama UBC during the 2012-2013 school year; being a member of the greek honour societies, Gamma Sigma Alpha and Order of Omega- they recognize high GPAs and leadership.

What is the ESSA? ESSA stands for the Environmental Science Students Association, and it’s the student body that represents Environmental Science Majors at UBC.

How did you come to be a significant figure in your sorority? I became a significant figure in my sorority because of the amount of time I  put into the organization by holding executive positions and by being part of many committees from the moment I joined. In addition, I attended as many events as I could and I got to know a lot of sisters personally.

How do you balance your academics, extra-curriculars, and personal life? I think it’s all about having good time management, minimal procrastination, and surrounding yourself with positive people who make you happy.

What message would you want to send to other women/students that you have learned through your experiences at UBC? The message I would give is, try and make the most of out of your university experience. Go out and join clubs, meet new people, study hard but also make time to spend with people who matter and do things you enjoy. There are so many friendly people at UBC, you just have to be friendly and don’t be shy to meet new people. Most importantly, when things start to get tough believe in yourself, don’t give up and stay positive. It truly works!



Relationship status: Single

Romantic orientation: Heterosexual

Biggest “plus” in a person: Ambition, intelligence, and kindness

Biggest “minus” in a person: Arrogance, and bad manners/lack of manners 

Katie (she/her) has a Graduate Diploma in Business from Queen's University and a BA in Psychology with a minor in Gender, Race, Sexuality, and Social Justice Minor from the University of British Columbia. She is a former Campus Correspondent of HC at UBC and is passionate about people and their wellbeing, photography, and food.