Fourth-Year Communications Studies
Hey future Golden Hawks!
My name is Julia Collis and I am a fourth-year Communications Studies majors with an Applied Digital Option and a minor in Women and Gender Studies. (Don’t worry, if that sounded like something I made up, I’ll be sure to explain on our tour!)
Just a few years ago I was in the same position you’re currently in, being faced with an overwhelming amount of decisions that, at the time, feel like they’re going to define who I would be for the rest of my life. Juggling which schools to apply to, which programs to apply to, deciding how far away from home you want to be, all while trying to finish strong for your last year of high school is a lot. I found myself applying to five, rather than the suggested three, universities all with variations of the same program I enrolled in here at Laurier.
In September of my grade 12 year, I went to the Ontario Universities' Fair downtown Toronto and thought I knew exactly what I wanted to do. Much to my mother’s dismay, I was looking for a program to study Elderly Care (I know, sounds odd but I love hanging with the oldies). As we walked around the fair, my mom kept reminding me of my love for TV, movies, music, popular culture, and all types of media, with the hopes of convincing me to look into a Communications style program. We were walking by the Laurier booth at the fair and we couldn’t help but notice the bright colours, the welcoming vibe and a small brunette ambassador who quickly made eye contact with my mom. We walked over to chat and I asked about an elderly care program, to which she replied that Laurier didn’t offer one at the time, but if there was anything else I was thinking of going into. Immediately my mom jumped in and said “media” to which the sweetest ambassador dove into describing the Communications program. My interest was sparked from that moment, I took the brochure and went home to book a tour immediately.
Laurier’s winter open house sold me. Originally from a small town in Mississauga called Streetsville with a graduating class of just over 100 students, the close-knit vibe and small campus at Laurier made me feel right at home. The people I’ve met and the opportunities I’ve had over the last three years just confirm that my decision to go to Laurier was the right one and I wouldn’t change it for the world.
I’m a strong believer that academics are the most important thing while you’re at school with getting involved and other opportunities as a close second. I didn’t get involved in my first year here until the last two months of second semester and while I wish I had gotten involved sooner, Laurier is open and welcoming to anyone, of any year with any passion. I worked for Radio Laurier, the on-campus radio station as a public relations assistant and then public relations manager for two years. I joined the Laurier Equestrian team to keep my background of horse-back riding alive while I was away from home. I worked as a don for off-campus first year students and then as an executive of that team in the LOCUS (Laurier Off-Campus University Students) program for two years as well. Being involved at Laurier has made my experience greater than I could have ever imagined and I encourage everyone I meet to get involved in any way they can. My favorite memories and most of my favorite people I’ve met and made through the various clubs, associations and programs that I’ve gotten involved with!
I’m so excited that you’re interested, if not already sold on Laurier, and that I can share my experiences and my passion for the school with you! I hope that Laurier can become a grounding space for you as it has for me, and let me know if there’s anything I can do to help you navigate this exciting time!
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