Christina-Marie Schulz

While completing her Liberal Arts degree at Capilano University, Christina held the positions of —

Students’ Union Representative,

Recruitment Ambassador and

Digital Portfolio Mentor.

She came forward as the key student liaison for Capilano University’s Master Plan development and led the university’s first International Model United Nations Conference. In recognition of her achievements she has received the Award for Environmental and Sustainable Achievement, North Shore Women’s Liberal Commission Award, Capilano Students’ Union Engagement Award, the Aaron Bolus Arts Award.

As a fourth-generation Vancouverite, Christina looks forward to contributing to the future, changing landscape of the city. In 2018, she qualified to become a member of Vancouver’s 30Network, where her team’s project, aimed to provide support for youth facing mental health barriers, won first place during the final community engagement event.

Christina’s studies resulted in extensive travel throughout Europe, Asia as well as a 1 year residency in France as a volunteer with an international environmental organization. Her travels have contributed to her globally-minded attitude and have provided valuable insight to her interest in receptive design and sustainable urban practices. Currently, she is living in Berlin, DE, working and studying German.

Ride for Refuge, Sep 2017

Below, I’ve made an info-graphic to account for my studies at Cap ⇓

Degree Breakdown
Jan 2017, My family at Grouse mountain

My family spent the year preceding my graduation living abroad (frequently referred to as our “Jack Torrance Period”) as volunteers for an international environmental organization. Working as caretakers, of a 13th-century sanitarium atop an isolated Alpe of southern France, my personal independence experience changed gears and my North-American-centered attitude diffused. Having been granted the privilege to drastically slow-down the typical course of cyclical high-school madness, and unfortunately eliminating my ability to participate in the International Baccalaureate program, I spent the year developing my capacity to adapt and enforce new approaches to hands-on learning and traveling.

Our historic residence in France.
Harvesting saffron is a grueling task
My family at Les Courmettes

The preliminary general studies I acquired during my freshman year at Capilano can be easily classified by the suffix “-ology”.  I weaved my tenacious curiosity through pillars of Social Science introductories. Spelling has never been my forte, and I have had no intention of spending my adult life analyzing microscopic plant particles, so my sophomore slump reigned in an impulsive enrollment in to the Business Faculty.

Luckily, I already had years of start-up experience. My father, a born entrepreneur (even managing to sell internet service to paramedics present at his nearly-fatal car accident in the early 2000’s) molded me for marketing- including to the most cost-effective neighbourhood lemonade stands. Countless trade-shows, hours of Excel spreadsheets, and client management kept me busy the first couple years of University.

This business school pursuit allowed me to participate in my first international field school with the University, to mainland China. The trip changed my life. Like most young people, I had a perilous desire to travel, but I had only experienced other anglo-centric destinations. China was a huge shock, stripping me of my previous expectations for the future and broadening my perspective for variance in life. My hunger for Asia erupted, and my appetite for learning augmented. The following year, in 2015,  I had to go back. This time without the familiarity of University staff, but accompanied by a classmate turned long-lost-cousin, who had coincidentally shared the first trip with me.

Paradoxically trying to prevent the “follow in the foot steps”cliche, whilst incarnating the very honest I-am-not-my-parents fable, I decided business was not worth pursuing. I needed to extend my creative drive.  What felt like a self-manifestation, the Liberal Studies program found me.

The interdisciplinary approach in a Liberal Arts education was the ultimate resolution to what I had inherently struggled with in higher-level academia. A black hole’s killing horizon, 19th-century Germanic art, Quantum computing, violent high-cinema, Objectivism, British monarch tabloids and cold-war science-fiction-conspiracy are not beneficial to a cost-capital analysis or brand marketing. I wasn’t entirely do-as-you-please in the Liberal Studies department, but it did give me exploratory liberties that other programs don’t. The program uses practical guidance that allowed me to tackle my superfluous curiosity, and build my own information web, without faculty dissuasion.

I have found my individual academic strengths and weaknesses in unforeseen places over the years. I couldn’t have ever imagined myself, as I am today, in 2012. No longer defeated by institutional specialization, I have the breathing room to innovate and act creatively while enhancing practical methods of research, inquiry, and analysis.

“If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don’t have to worry about answers.” – Thomas Pynchon, Gravity’s Rainbows.