This week in our series highlighting UBC Okanagan School of Engineering Student Ambassadors, we visit with Evangeline Saclamacis.
Evangeline is a second year student specializing in mechanical engineering.
What is the Student Ambassador Program?
The Student Ambassador program allows us to help faculty at their events in all stages including the organizing and executing phases. Moreover, it allows students a voice so that faculty can hear their voices in a more direct manner.
What is your role?
My role within the Student Ambassadors is to maintain the Facebook page and keep the students up to date with all of our events. Otherwise, my job is to make sure everyone is enjoying their time in university and do not experience any issues.
What extra-curricular activities are you involved with?
I am heavily involved within campus including the Engineering Society (Second Year Representative) and the Engineers Without Borders UBC Okanagan Chapter (Vice-President Internal), but you will always see me volunteering around campus for lots of different events!
What has been your favourite course so far? And why?
My favourite course has to be (the complete opposite of the math and science courses engineers are known for) Engineering Communications. I was never good at high school Shakespearian language, but technical writing has opened so many new doors for me that I have never knew existed.
What have you learned about yourself during your time at UBC Okanagan?
I have better time management skills than I thought. In high school, I was the student that did all the homework last minute and watched Netflix most of the time. As a university student, I learned that I can balance a lot of activities while maintaining my degree and keeping up with the latest Stranger Things episodes.
If you had a theme song, what would it be?
My theme song would have to be Higher by the Score because its all about persevering and believing in yourself, which can be applied in all of our efforts to get any project completed. Nothing in life is easy, and that’s why we got to be resilient and not let go of our dreams, for lack of cheesy wording.
Favourite misconception about engineers and engineering?
My favourite misconception is that all engineers are the typical nerd that you see in comedies who cringe when they see daylight as if they have been doing homework for a week straight without sunshine.
Looking ahead 5 or 10 years, where do you see yourself?
I see myself continuing along the path that I have currently set out for myself. I intend to pursue a career in the renewable energy sector.
Best advice you have received so far at UBC?
The best advice I have received would be to get involved from day one. I never thought that getting involved would have become such a big part of my life. I have enjoyed every second of it! Keeping busy has lead me to friends and opportunities I never would have otherwise and has been the best decision I have ever made.