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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
October 6, 2015

Canadian Excellence


Miranda Smelt

Campus Ambassador,

3rd Year Business Administration

Toronto, ON

Hi Goldenhawks! My name is Miranda and I'm loving life right now in 3rd year Business, minoring in Economics. I've without a doubt been having the best years of my life here at Laurier, and I owe that completely to the people I've met and everything I've gotten involved with. Now let me share my top 3 nuggets of advice to have the best years of your life at university!

#1: Get involved. You will hear this from everyone, and that is because it is truly the best thing you can do for yourself! I like class, but I've learnt far more about myself, others, teamwork, leadership and life through the extra-curricular experiences I've had the privilege to be a part of. From residence House Council, to captaining Laurier's Varsity Swim Team, to being a Director on The Link - a business club with which I traveled to China for a month to run business conferences, to being an Icebreaker during Orientation Week and more, I have met the most amazing and inspiring people who have I've learned so much from. Volunteering in any capacity allows you to grow in so many ways while make lifelong friends!

#2: Sleep. Make the absolute most out of your university career (because it really is so short), but never feel bad about taking some time for yourself or saying no to friends to stay in and get to sleep early. It may be hard to do at first because you don't want to miss out, but staying healthy and rested will make everything else that much more fun because you won't need endless cups of coffee just to stay awake. Some people say Starbucks, I say a 20 minute power nap!

#3: Do what makes you happy. Do things that make you feel good, not just because it's what everyone else is doing or because it will look good on your resume. At Laurier, we have something for literally everyone, so find your niche and jump right in. This is the time in your life that you can try different things, fall and get back up again, find your passions and leave your mark. Surround yourself with great, supportive people and things you enjoy, and you have the recipe for success and happiness!

To this day, I've yet to meet someone that goes/has gone to Laurier that hasn't absolutely LOVED it. I genuinely hope to see you around, because I'm sure you will fall in love with Laurier just like every other Goldenhawk before you has. I'll leave you with Laurier's most popular cheer that you'll undoubtedly hear during your time here, "It's Great! To be! A Laurier Goldenhawk!"