This months’s Thriving Campus feature is Anna Busch, a UBC Staff Finders employee currently working in Human Resources. Thriving Campus features, testimonials, contributions and personal experiences linked to health and wellbeing from UBC staff.
How do you thrive at home?
I spent most of my early twenties studying theatre, learning how to play and create, collaborate, and perform. Theatre taught me how to think on my feet, quite literally, and follow my ideas and interests, no matter how trivial or silly they seemed. It also allowed me understand how creativity fuels so many different kinds of work.
While I chose not to continue to pursue a career in theatre, creativity is the backbone of my everyday happiness. My creative practice is sometimes as small as writing a little bit every day, and sometimes it’s as involved as spending most of my spare time helping out on a friend’s theatre show. I’ve taken clowning classes, sung in choirs, and taught myself how to knit.
Connected to creativity is my love of learning. I’m a very curious person, and I love knowing that there will always be something new for me to learn. One of the reasons that I initially pursued theatre was because I was interested in experiencing different ways of learning. I wanted to pursue a form of learning that was as embodied as it was cerebral. This interest in different forms of learning has led me to complete a 700-hour certificate in holistic bodywork and massage, and take academic courses in critical theory, anatomy and physiology, and psychology.
While most of what helps me to thrive involves socializing, I also need a good amount of reflective downtime. Whether I’m reading a novel, listening to music, or doing restorative yoga, taking the time to be quiet and slow down keeps me balanced and content.
How do you thrive at work?
Curiosity is what helps me to thrive at work.
I’m interested in considering things and processes, the small details and the larger threads. Similar to my love of learning that nourishes me outside of my work life, it is curiosity that keeps me engaged within my work life. Curiosity keeps me grounded and present. It keeps me asking questions of my work and myself. It leads me to connect to, and collaborate with, my colleagues.
I like curiosity because there is something whimsical about it. It leads me towards focus and seriousness in my work, but it’s a word that has a sense of movement and lightness to it.
Anna Busch has a BFA in Performance from Simon Fraser University and a 700-Hour Certificate in Holistic Bodywork and Massage from the Vancouver School of Bodywork and Massage. She is a temp with Staff Finders, and has worked in a variety of UBC places including Human Resources, the Centre for Student Involvement and Careers, and Development and Alumni Engagement.