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The Student Journey Project

Four years ago, we set out to document the student journey at UB. Of course, that isn’t a singular track. There are countless paths to pursue here—and infinite capacity for students to discover who they are and who they want to be.

This class faced unusual challenges, including a pandemic. But as you’ll recognize in both the personal journey videos and our “Let’s Talk About” series, they still had the time-honored college experience: building their strengths, finding their passions, making the best friends they’ll ever have, and then setting off, with a confidence they couldn’t have imagined when they first arrived at UB, to make their mark on the world.

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Personal Journeys

Watch Julia describe her journey.

Julia’s Journey

Hometown: Wheatfield, N.Y.
Major: Mathematics

Watch Maisha describe her journey.

Maisha’s Journey

Hometown: Dhaka, Bangladesh
Major: Public Health

Watch Bradley describe his journey.

Bradley’s Journey

Hometown: Chaumont, N.Y.
Major: Biotechnology

Watch Brent describe his journey.

Brent's Journey

Hometown: Bronx, N.Y.
Major: Civil Engineering

Watch Zanyah describe her journey.

Zanyah’s Journey

Hometown: Brooklyn, N.Y.
Major: Exercise Science

Watch Alex describe his journey.

Alex's Journey

Hometown: Caledonia, N.Y.
Major: Physics

Let’s Talk About ...

Video talks about students making friends.

Let’s Talk About Friends

Video talks about students sharing advice.

Let’s Talk About Advice

Video talks about student involvement in clubs.

Let’s Talk About Clubs

Video talks about student classroom experiences.

Let’s Talk About Classes


Portraits of Change

Each participant was photographed at orientation and again at graduation, creating bookends, and a memento, of their student journey.