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World travelling alum pursues pharmacy in Belgium

Viridiana Urena shares her experience in Europe and the impact of St John’s Residence in her life

April 9, 2024 — 

Travelling the world, meeting new people, studying pharmacy, and using the lessons she’s learned at St John’s Residence are some of Viridiana Urena’s favourite things from her experience at UM.

The SJC and UM alum is currently pursuing her pharmacological work in Belgium, where she has expressed her appreciation for the diversity in Europe she learned from her college experience.

“Many of the lessons I have learned came from St John’s College when I was a resident. The diversity of students there and the friendliness of everyone made me feel at home, and it’s stuck with me in my experience here in Europe.”



The lifer St John’s resident attending UM for seven years worked towards her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Science, where she now applies her studies and hopes to grow into her own business over the years to come.

As a former Don in the St John’s Residence, Viridiana has fond memories of her time at the College, which she now reflects on and lives out in her time in Europe.

“The movie nights, spirit cup days, and connecting with students were some of my favourite times in the College. It made my university days fly by too fast, but I loved every moment.”

Continuing her work in Belgium over the coming years, Viri hopes to turn her work into her own business, where she can work from anywhere, visit her family back home, and experience the world.


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