By Whitney Sharp

It might seem like school just started, but for many secondary students in Metro Vancouver, it’s already time to start thinking about what to do after graduation. Making the shift from high school to university life can be overwhelming. What can I study? Where are the classrooms? How do I apply? Kwantlen Polytechnic University is hoping to make the transition to university as easy as possible for students taking the next step in their educational journey.

On Saturday, November 29, the Future Students’ Office at KPU is hosting Discovery Day—an event where Grade 11 and 12 students can get an in-depth look at the university’s Surrey campus.

Discovery Day aims to make the shift from secondary to post-secondary education as seamless as possible, by giving students still in high school the opportunity to get an up close look at the university. Students can take a guided tour of the campus while they learn what services are available, where amenities are on campus, and become familiar with the wealth of resources KPU offers including advising, athletics, volunteer opportunities, career services, student life, and much more. Students can connect with other like-minded individuals, ask questions, and discover the wealth of possibilities that exist at the university.

Currently, KPU offers over 120 different programs where students can pursue a degree, diploma, certificate, citation, or complete foundation training required for a trade. The Discovery Day event allows high schoolers to explore their options, and talk to current KPU students who can share their experiences applying to KPU, studying at the university, and getting involved in campus life.

The event will kick off with informational presentations from KPU’s educational advising department, the learning centre, and student aid and financial awards. Students will learn how to apply to KPU using the new online application system, and get real tips and tricks about course selection, studying, and combining academics with real-life interests.

Students who are undecided on what they want to study are able to explore the different KPU programs available to them, speak with program representatives and current students, and get a first-hand account of what it’s really like making the leap from high school to university.

The event also includes a range of interactive activities for students to partake in, and a special musical performance. Light refreshments will be provided. The Discovery Day event runs from 1-4pm, Saturday, November 29, at KPU Surrey—12666 72 Avenue. To register, visit