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Morgan Hanson-Oliveira sits with another student in a student residence overlooking the Administration building.

I’m connecting with my community

December 21, 2017 — 

Morgan Hanson-Oliveira believes in the power of university to expand horizons. The third year student thought she was going to be a chemistry major, but first year classes in Native Studies and Women and Gender Studies inspired her to take a different path to her ultimate goal of pursuing a medicine degree.

“I feel that what I am learning from my Native Studies and Women and Gender Studies degree will help me to connect with others and understand a greater variety of people on a deeper level,” says Hanson-Oliveira, who recently transferred into the Faculty of Arts. “In medicine, you deal with such a diverse population. It is important to see all people as more than just patients, but rather as unique individuals with their own stories to tell.”

Morgan, second from right, with friends at Waterpalooza, a residence-wide event during Orientation Week in September for all students living in res.

Morgan, second from right, with friends at Waterpalooza, a residence-wide event during Orientation Week in September for all students living in res.

Hanson-Oliviera, who is from Thompson, Manitoba, has found a home away from home in residence, but it’s not the only way that she’s built community on campus.

“Everyone staying in residence is in the same situation; we have all moved away from home and are essentially starting over in a new location and building a new community for ourselves,” says Hanson-Oliveira, who also got involved with student groups.

“There is a larger community at the University of Manitoba than you realize, and student groups are a fantastic way to expand your social circle and meet people who you may have never had the chance to meet otherwise.”

In addition to meeting alumni at Indigenous Homecoming, Morgan had the opportunity to meet David Barnard, President and Vice-Chancellor of the university, and spoke about her university experience so far.

In addition to meeting alumni at Indigenous Homecoming, Morgan had the opportunity to meet David Barnard, President and Vice-Chancellor of the university, and spoke about her university experience so far.

Hanson-Oliveira, a Métis student, also took the opportunity to participate in the Indigenous Homecoming event where she met graduates of the U of M who imparted valuable advice.

“The singular message each graduate had in common was that no matter what happens, everything will work out. You cannot worry about the little things, but rather stay focused on your end goal and where you would like to be,” she says.

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