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Hi there! My name is Aretha (she/her) and I’m a fourth year student in Illustration. I’m originally from Goa and Pune in India, but I grew up between Oman, Kuwait, Kenya, and the UAE. Some things I like are relief printmaking, longboarding, ice cream, playing pianos, maps, and the band clipping.

Writing is how I’ve thought about and processed everything for years – I’m a big fan of the personal essay, all forms of creative nonfiction, and journaling. I also enjoy poetry for its automacy in documenting my very immediate and fleeting feelings. And though I don’t often write in these genres, I spend a lot of time reading fantasy, science-fiction, magical realism, contemporary fiction, most YA, and children’s books about solving mysteries (I grew up on the Famous Five and the 39 Clues series’)!

I’m also the international peer mentor at the Writing Center, which means I’m a resource for any questions or concerns international students may have about classes, campus, Vancouver, etc. If you want to chat, ask me any questions, or talk about events/programming you want to see for international students, you can email me at

I’m looking forward to working together and helping build any of your writing assignments and projects 🙂