Victoria is one of the Residence Activity Leaders on campus. Her role is to aid in the organization of activities for all the students on campus, and provide an environment in which girls can interact and learn from each other. As an activity leader, she also hopes to help the girls create lasting memories, and give them motivating experiences that they can take away with them as they move towards their future goals. What really inspires her is the opportunity to help students make great experiences: you never know what moment will be the one that a girl takes with her into the future and inspires her to always be her best! Victoria is also passionate about international exchange and the exchange of culture. “By learning about how other people in the world live, we can widen our view of the world and learn many lessons and characteristics that will help you in the future, regardless of whether or not you plan to work in an international community,” she says. Born and raised in Victoria, she received her TESL certification a year ago and has been teaching ESL ever since. She has worked as an ESL teacher and an activities leader at a private ESL school and at the University of Victoria. Victoria loves music and can play four instruments: violin, viola, piano and guitar; she was even a part of the Victoria Children’s Choir!
Why SMS? “Some of us may be reluctant to admit it, but it’s not easy being a teenage girl. I’ve been there. I’ve experienced the struggle. But if you truly feel passionate about something, there is nothing that can stop you from reaching your goals. I feel that this is an important lesson for everyone, particularly young girls. In today’s society, women face a lot of discrimination and criticism, and I cannot stress how important it is to move past the negativity and focus on your goals. At SMS, I am a part of a community that motivates, supports, and pushes young women to be the best they can be. I am inspired by the dedication of the students at SMS to multiculturalism, equality, and their community, and I hope that I can inspire them in turn to be passionate about their goals and to fight for their beliefs.”