Choosing STU: Erika Paola Ruiz Arenas

Hello future Tommies!

I’m Erika, a first-year international student at St. Thomas University. I come from Mexico City and this is my first time in Canada.

I know it isn’t easy to choose a university, there are a lot of things to consider. Believe me, I know what you’re going through—everyone who considers going to university has the same struggles.

Choosing STU

How did I discover STU? Well, I always wanted to study in another country, so I went to a Canadian University Fair in Mexico City. There were a lot of universities, but none of them caught my attention like St. Thomas. I considered my options, and decided St. Thomas was the best one for me. It was the first time I heard about the liberal arts, and I fell in love with the idea.

Living in Fredericton

STU is located in a small city, with a river that hosts different activities all year long. At STU, the classes are small, which gives you the opportunity to connect with the professors, and classmates. The professors learn your name quickly, and if you have any questions they will gladly help you—for them, it’s important that you understand and that you feel comfortable.
Outside of Class

You can get involved in different activities that fit your interests. Welcome Week will be where you meet most of your friends (like I did). If you’re interested in Journalism you can join the school newspaper. If you’re interested in law, I’m sure Moot Court will be a great fit for you.
I’m proud to be part of this community. It has a lot of international students, which gives you the chance to meet people from around the globe, learn their culture, and become friends with them. It also helps you grow as a person and student.

I hope to see you around soon!

Erika Paola Ruiz Arenas

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