Welcome To TRU, Recruitment Challenge

Posted: 02/22/2014 in General, Updates
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First off I’d just like to say, ‘Welcome to Canada,’ no, let’s take it a bit further and say ‘Welcome to British Columbia (BC),’ even further, ‘Welcome to the Thompson-Nicola Region of BC,’ and even further ‘Welcome to Kamloops, BC!’ For those of you who are new to Canada, BC, the Thompson-Nicola Region or even Kamloops this applies to you. For those of you who live in Canada, BC, Thompson-Nicola Region, or Kamloops, thanks for tuning in.

Before Kamloops was established the Secwepemc people (Sushwap) shared the area with the Cree-Saulteaux people. When David Stuart and Alexander Ross set out from Fort Astoria which at the time was a Pacific Fur Company they established a trading post known as ‘Fort Cumcloups’. Over time rival trading companies began to merge. Eventually all of these became known as Fort Kamloops.

Downtown Kamloops

Downtown Kamloops

Over time Kamloops began to grow until 1893 when it became known as The City of Kamloops with a population of about 500 people. Fast forward 118 years and you will find the population has grown from 500 to ~85,700 people. The word “Kamloops” comes from the Sushwap word “Tk’əmlúps” which means ‘meeting of the waters.’ To learn more about the history of Kamloops you can click HERE or HERE. Or vist The City of Kamloops page to learn more.

But this post isn’t so much about Kamloops, but what lies inside Kamloops in the form of a small university called Thompson Rivers University. Again, instead of me going into the vast history of Cariboo College or TRU click HERE to learn more. Thompson Rivers University or TRU as students here call it is an excellent university. It’s not huge like say UBC (University of British Columbia) or McGill over in Quebec. But considering the size of Kamloops to the amount of University students is quite a nice size. UBC has about 70,000 people in total (staff and students.) TRU has about 13,700 in total (staff and students.)

So why am I writing this post? Well, maybe this movie will show you why?

Does that not show you what a university experience should look like? I’m looking directly at those in Whitehorse where I grew up. TRU is a fantastic place and I’ve loved most of my experiences here. It’s a wonderful place to come if you want to experience University like I have but not want to go to something huge. Now I can understand that some people prefer to go to places that have better connections. And coming from the Yukon I do understand that UBC, the University of Lethbridge (UofL) and University of Victoria (UVIC.) But I know that you’ll love TRU if you are willing to give it a chance.

The Campus is great, it has nine main buildings. Each one most TRU students shorten to initials when we text each to save us having to write out each building as some of the names are quite long. The buildings are the Campus Activity Center or CAC, Arts and Education or AE, International Building or IB, The Brown House of Learning or HOL, Old Main or OM. Old Main was actually the original Cariboo College building back when it was established in 1970. It also has the Science building or S, Clock Tower or CT and Trades and Technology or T&T.

Each building is unique as it holds different classes in each one. As you can guess AE would hold lots of English, Philosophy kind of courses. IB has has lecture halls and usually holds all the bigger classes. This can range in many subjects. The HOL is interesting because it holds many uses. It has a huge lecture hall, a library, offices, a computer lab, and a Tim Horton’s.

Campus Activity Center

Campus Activity Center

And I tell you the Timmies line up is insane most of the time. OM has a combination of most subjects as well as Starbucks. OM is usually where offices, the clinic, the registrar and other places are. It also holds the black box theatre which is where most of my classes are. The CT has the big lecture halls and more classrooms. The Science building is pretty self explanatory as is the T&T building.

Right in the middle of AE, IB, HOL and CAC is what students call Campus Commons. It’s a big open area where in September and October when it’s still quite nice out students hang out with friends. Lots of times during the warm months I’ve seen as many as 100 students lounging around enjoying the sun. It’s also a great place to play catch, frisbee or other games if you have the time.

Campus Commons

Campus Commons

I personally go there when I can to enjoy the sun. In the winter it can be a bit annoying to walk from say the CT to AE, which are on opposite sides of campus. Despite the small nature of the university it can still take over 10 minutes to get from one class to another. That usually isn’t the case however.

TRU also has a variety of housing arrangements, close to or actually on campus. There is the Residence or New Rez. Then you have On Campus Housing or Old Rez. Both of which are on campus. And finally Upper College Heights which is just off of campus. Most people tend to want to move out of New Rez after one year there because it turns into such a gong show. I don’t know about Old Rez and Upper College heights isn’t bad honestly.

TRU New Residence

TRU New Residence

The dorms when it’s super hot still are unbearably hot. But I’m not trying to sway your decision. Personally I think everyone should experience Residence at least once in their life time. I mean what’s university without a little Hell right?

My suggestion if you are trying to decide where to go? I would suggest New Rez. It maybe crazy, loud, and outrageously expensive but out of the 3 it is by far the nicest. Besides New Rez comes equipped with a TV, cable and internet. So you never have to worry about Internet bills. (All the free downloading you could want!!!!) I can’t say if Old Rez is bad as I have never lived there. But Upper College heights is a no go for me next year.

Now let’s approach this a little differently. Let’s go into some of my experiences here at TRU. I’ve had some amazing times here in Kamloops and some not so good ones. I’ve made plenty of amazing friends. In general I’ve enjoyed my classes. Some more than others. I’ve also been on the losing end of a couple of potential relationships. It’s been extremely hard, but in life you may get knocked down. But when you do you must learn to get back up. However, you never can know you just might meet your future partner. It’s where a lot of partners actually meet.

Obviously, every year people can and will go through a rough patch. I recently dug myself out a seven year rough patch. That story is for later. Last year I felt I was playing referee and councillor to a ton of my friends in New Rez. Another negative thing by the way. That’s one reason I moved out of Rez.

But in all I feel that it was a good move coming here to Kamloops and Thompson Rivers University. I have amazing friends, I’m enjoying my classes and every day presents a new challenge. I’m not saying make up your mind right now, but do consider possibly giving it a chance. You never know you’ll be surprised as to what you find…….

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