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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
August 29, 2015

Canadian Excellence


Rachel Ruston

Campus Ambassador,

5th Year Psychology

Fredericton, New Brunswick

Hello Future Golden Hawks!

My name is Rachel and I am in my 5th and final year here at Wilfrid Laurier University as a Bachelor of Arts Psychology student. Being the child of a military family means I have moved numerous times, currently my home is near Fredericton, New Brunswick in the town of Oromocto. Being in a military family also means it was extraordinarily important to find a ďHome Away From Home,Ē which is exactly what I found in my family here at Laurier.

Going into my 5th year, I like to say the reason is because Iím not ready to leave this beautiful school, as well as the friends and family that Iíve been lucky enough to have these past 4 years. I knew as soon as I walked on to this campus, it was different, as if the sun shone brighter as soon as I got here!! The friendly atmosphere, welcoming experience, the school spirit and tradition drew me in and Iíve never looked back.

In my first year, I got involved right away in my Residence House Council, First Year Leadership Program and Inter-Residence Council as the Arts Laurier Representative which set me up for my future extracurricular roles. In my second year, I was the Vice-President for Alpha Phi International Womenís Fraternity and following in my third year, I became the Chapter President. In my fourth year, I also participated in 5 Days For The Homeless and the Studentsí Union Presidential Campaign.

And finally, in my fifth year Iím giving back to the school what it has given me - I get to experience the fun of being a Campus Ambassador, where I get to meet all of you and show you how great Laurier really is!! As well, a Residence Life Don and Arts Laurier Advisor - Starting and ending my university career in Residence Life, where you will start yours!

Being a fifth year student is bittersweet, I am not ready to leave this place I call home. I truly believe youíll feel the same way when you walk on this campus. My one piece of advice to any future Golden Hawks is to embrace the experience, get involved, go to class, talk to your professors, meet as many people as you can, dress yourself from head-to-toe in Purple and Gold and make it the best 4 or in my case, 5 years of your life! Welcome to the Golden Hawk family, your future awaits!