A UVic Bounce Short Documentary Film

Waving, Not Drowning (2023)

Directed by award-winning filmmaker Chorong Kim, Waving, Not Drowning movingly weaves together the diverse and powerful stories shared through UVic Bounce as it explores the history behind the initiative and its mission to transform campus culture, one story at a time.

Director: Chorong Kim
Cinematographer: Chen Wang
Producer: Rebecca Gagan

"We are story. All of us. What comes to matter then is the creation of the best possible story we can while we’re here; you, me, us, together. When we can do that and we take the time to share those stories with each other, we get bigger inside, we see each other, we recognize our kinship – we change the world, one story at a time…”

Richard Wagamese 

Anishinaabe Novelist, Journalist, and Mentor

A UVic Bounce Podcast

Waving, Not Drowning

First launched in January 2021, “Waving, Not Drowning” is UVic Bounce’s powerful podcast in which host Rebecca Gagan engages in diverse and intimate conversations with UVic faculty and alumni about their experiences as students.

Season 2 Episodes and MORE

Special Episodes and MORE

Season 1 Episodes and MORE

"We must do better and do more to make the university a space that is truly hospitable, that is more humane. We must work to make the university a space that cherishes the souls who come to study there, that sees students in their uniqueness, beauty, and their pain, and says: Sit here. Learn here. I see you. I care. I love"

Rebecca Gagan 

Waving, Not Drowning


MORE Stories

Funded by UVic’s Faculty of Humanities, these videos share diverse, sometimes painful, and often complicated journeys through post-secondary. These are stories of struggle and resilience, and we hope they help you to feel less alone in your own journey.

Inspiring Stories Beyond our Campus

Bounce McMaster Podcast

Bounce at McMaster is an initiative funded by the Okanagan Committee that shares diverse, real stories told by McMaster faculty and alumni about their experiences as students, with a vision to build campus-wide resilience. By sharing stories through podcasts and videos, Bounce McMaster hopes to build a stronger sense of connection throughout their campus and to help students, as well as faculty and staff, to recognize that we are fellow human beings, all of whom can struggle and suffer during our lives.