One Student's Perspective
(Submitted by Daniel Jacinto, Co-op Student and BCCAT Project Assistant)
The past few months I spent with BCCAT have been nothing short of amazing. From studying transfer data, to attending JAM, to presenting at Council, these experiences have helped me grow as a researcher-in-training and bridged the gap between my student experience and the often behind-the-scenes work that makes higher education possible for so many of us.
I must admit, I was originally hesitant to tell people where I worked whenever friends would ask about my co-op term. Being a direct-entry student, I had never heard of BCCAT before working here and thought it would sound as jargony and abstract to them as it did to me. Much to my surprise, though, many of them responded with "Oh! I used their site when I was transferring into UBC" or "They're the ones who run the Transfer Guide, right?" or better yet, "My favourite spot on the train is actually under one of their ads."
I really think these exchanges are a testament to the positive impact and broad reach of your work, and I hope my small contributions can help to expand what you as the transfer community have built up. I am honoured to have met so many of you in my short time here (apologies for the lengthy block transfer presentations), and I look forward to a great last month working with you all!
NOTE FROM BCCAT STAFF: Thank you Daniel for your excellent work and team spirit as you have undertaken your projects with dedication and good humour. The BCCAT team will miss you when you move on, but we wish you the very best in your future endeavours!