Portrait: Tatiana and Arianna Dutka

November 5, 2016

I remember coming to Open House two years ago and feeling very scared as we walked around the halls with our parents. We knew we both wanted to be in the healthcare field—both of our parents are—so we ended up listening to a prof give a talk about biology. He was so enthusiastic when he was talking about his field, the classes and the MacEwan experience. I remember being really engaged and excited about what he was saying, and thinking, “Wow, this is a place I want to be.”

Being able to talk to your professors is one of the things that really stands out for me in my experience at MacEwan. When you know the person at the front of the room, it changes your perspective on the subject and the class. The prof goes from someone who is talking to you, to someone who is interacting with you. And that makes you want to engage more and go to class.

This year we’re volunteering at Open House as MacEwan Ambassadors, and I think we’ll both be remembering back to the day we came to Open House as prospective students—and how it felt to be in our visitors’ shoes. We want to show people that this is a great university and a friendly place. There’s nothing to be afraid of—people here really are willing to help you.

—Tatiana and Arianna, Bachelor of Science students and MacEwan Ambassadors

This story is part of our Portraits of MacEwan series where students, faculty and staff share snapshots of their lives with the university community. Read more portraits at MacEwan.ca/Facebook.

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