How to take Advantage of Quest’s Unique B.A.&Sc Program

Quest is one of the most unique universities in Canada. We do things a little differently here. We put an emphasis on interdisciplinary education and collaboration, and providing every student with the tools they need to be able to think outside of the box. This is wonderful and breeds intense creativity and incredibly interesting “majors”, but […]

What’s your major?

Answering this question can get a little long-winded when you go to Quest. Like many things at Quest, majors are a little bit different. Instead of majors we have “Questions”. Questions are basically self-designed majors. Sometime in second year you spend a whole block (3.5 weeks!) coming up with a Question, finding a faculty mentor, planning out what […]

Being Honest as an Ambassador

Over winter break, I went home to San Francisco exhausted, happy, and full of stories. One day, I joined a few friends to watch the sunset over the ocean on Mt Tamalpais. We used to do this almost every weekend in high school, so it has become a tradition when we all come home from […]

Summer Keystone Research at the BC Children’s Hospital

When Quest students take Question block in their second year, they are required to brainstorm ideas for their Keystone – the culminating project of our undergraduate education. Most students take one year or more to work this project, which can be anything from a literature review, original research article, documentary, stage play, … the list goes […]

Quest Student Profiles: An Interview with Meghan

Meghan is a second year student from Vancouver. She is also a competitive big mountain free skier and a part of the Leaders in Elite Athletics and Performance (LEAP) Program at Quest. Why did you pick Quest? One of the main reasons I picked Quest was that it allowed me to continue my skiing career as I got […]

Reflections

“We do not learn from experiences; we learn from reflecting on our experiences.” —— John Dewey, 1933 My time at Quest is almost finished. In less than one week, I will be a university graduate. No longer will I put “student” as my occupation, or be able to claim student discounts. Four years seems like […]

What is Keystone, really?

Throughout my four years at Quest, there was one thing I could not figure out: What do we do during Keystone block? The Keystone block is the final class taken at Quest. In order to enter the class, students must have a (nearly completed) Keystone project that they have been working on for a substantial […]

Potlucks with friends

Potlucks – we love them at Quest. The offering of homemade food is the most effective way to gather together all of your closest friends. My friends and I like to take the organized approach, where a group of people (usually those who live together) are assigned a certain course to prepare (appetizer, main, desert, […]

Sweetening the day

You know we are approaching the end of the block when the library becomes packed. You can hear the sounds of furious typing, endless sighing, and some head banging. Students are finishing up final assignments, finalizing block break plans, and juggling co-curricular activities. Needless to say, it’s a busy time. But just when you feel […]

Snowy Days at Whistler

When I give tours, people often ask me whether or not I ski, and the question makes a lot of sense considering how close Squamish is to Whistler. Funnily enough, though, I always say no. While I did learn to ski when I was growing up, I stopped skiing almost 10 years ago. And even […]

Field Trips: Low-key block plan benefits

There are many benefits to a block plan, including compartmentalized focus, comradery, and an instructor’s full attention to name a few. One often overlooked benefit is the freedom your class has every single day. Without the constraints imposed by having a schedule that requires many classes on a single day, a course is able to […]

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