First-Person Stories

From epic journeys to impossible challenges, the UBC community isn’t short of a good story or two. Here are a few that were shared first-hand with Trek readers over the years.

High Risk Zone

An aid worker describes his experiences during an Ebola outbreak in Sierra Leone

Ride Don’t Hide

Michael Schratter rode his bike around the world to challenge attitudes around mental illness

The Beastly Art of Taxidermy

A stuffed lion with wooden teeth survived a fire and inspired a doctoral thesis

Empire of the Sun

Tetsuro Shigematsu wrote and starred in a one-man play

How to Catch a Woodpecker

A student heads for the wilderness armed with a giant net, a plumbing camera, and gallons of bug spray

The Boy Who Touched the Moon

The stellar story of a precocious youth entrusted with a piece of the Moon


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