Meet Anais Bashala, Faculty of Arts valedictorian

Faculty of Arts
Anais Bashala
At convocation this year, Anais Bashala will celebrate the graduating class of 2024 alongside Ethan Coudenys. Get to know Anais before she delivers her valedictory speech.

What are your plans for September?

In September, after spending a considerable amount of time on my studies, I plan to take a short break to travel, reflect and strategically and carefully plan out my next steps. Having gained a solid foundation at the University of Ottawa, I intend to look for professional opportunities in my field that will allow me to put my skills and knowledge to use and contribute to society in a meaningful way. Eventually, I hope to pursue graduate studies in order to specialize within my field of studies in relation to communications.

How did your time at the University of Ottawa shape you?

The time I spent at the University of Ottawa was a wonderful experience that greatly influenced my personal growth. I had the opportunity to explore my interests, to gain deeper knowledge and develop valuable skills with the help of stimulating classes, inspiring mentors and rewarding experiences. I was also exposed to the cultural and intellectual diversity that defines the University of Ottawa, which opened my mind and encouraged me to embrace difference.

Did anyone give you significant support throughout your university studies?

All throughout my university studies, I was lucky to have the support of my family and fiancé. Their love, their constant encouragement and their financial help were the pillars I leaned on to succeed. Their reassuring presence and advice gave me the strength and confidence I needed to overcome challenges and persevere to reach my goals. I am infinitely grateful to them for everything they did for me.

What’s your favourite memory from your time at uOttawa?

My favourite memory from my time at the University of Ottawa is definitely the beginning of the school year, since it’s a time full of energy as we embark on a new adventure. The excitement of meeting new classmates, having new professors and diving into new materials is thrilling. Every year, the return to class brings a sense of renewal and opportunity, where the possibilities seem endless and we are inspired.

Do you have any advice for students who will start university in the fall?

For students starting university in the fall, I would tell them to keep an open mind, to push themselves outside their comfort zone and to take every opportunity that presents itself. University is a time of discovery and exploration, so don’t be afraid to try new things and meet new people. Find friends and mentors who inspire and support you, and don’t be nervous to ask for help if you need it. And most of all, remember that your journey is unique, so don’t compare yourself to others and have faith in your own road to success.