My favourite quote is: “No strategies exist that can enclose the endless realm of the new, only trust in yourself can carry you past your fears and the already known.” Meet Beedie Luminary, Jay Hamidova
What program will you be taking in post-secondary and why does it interest you?
I will be attending UBC this coming September. I will be going into Arts and hoping to major in International Relations! I’m motivated to learn about international development and the ways in which interactions occur throughout the world.
Tell us a little bit about your background (growing up, going to school, extra-curricular activities, etc.).
I was born in Uzbekistan and moved to Toronto at the age of 3. Nine years later, my family made the move to Coquitlam, BC and I’ve been a West Coast loyal ever since. After moving here, I became motivated to join clubs and initiatives like Poetry Groups, LGBTQ+ Clubs and School & District councils. I exited high school with a passion for leadership and self development, and became proud of the impact that I was able to make on my school community.
When you were a kid, what did you want to be when you grew up?
I specifically remember in the 5th grade, we were assigned to make name cards and draw ourselves as the person we wish to become. Mine in bold read “LAWYER BY DAY, COMEDIAN BY NIGHT”. Fitting!
What was your senior quote in high school?
“No strategies exist that can enclose the endless realm of the new, only trust in yourself can carry you past your fears and the already known.” – Velvet Buzzsaw (2019)
What are you looking forward to in your freshman year?
More than anything, I’m excited to make new friends and share stories and ideas with likeminded individuals!
Who would you have dinner with if you could have it with any person, living or dead?
My grandparents past away long before I was born which means all I know about my mom’s younger self is from what she tells me. This is why I would want to have dinner with them and learn more about what life was like back then!
What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever been given?
I was told by my mentor that in times of anger and frustration towards an individual, view them as a creator – someone capable of creating, feeling and living allows us to remove ourselves from a place of victimhood and revert such anger into motivation to better oneself. Also that “trauma is not your fault, but healing is your responsibility.”
What was the last book you read?
“Lobster is the Best Medicine” by Liz Climo (it’s a collection of comics about friendships!)
What would people be surprised to find out about you?
I don’t know how to swim! (I swear I’m going to learn soon!)Back To Top