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afiander@wlu.ca
Campus Experience and Tour Coordinator
Fourth-Year Concurrent Education and English
Waterloo, ON

Hello future Laurier Golden Hawks!

My name is Adrienne Fiander, and I am in my fourth year of Concurrent Education, where I’m double majoring in English and Contemporary Studies, with a minor in Religion. When I graduate, I’m hoping to move to the far north to teach high school. I’m very passionate about Laurier, and I am excited to share how I got involved and how I fell in love with Laurier’s Brantford campus.

Right out of high school, I said goodbye to all my family and friends and moved to England to attend Capernwray Bible School. After one year I graduated with a certificate in Foundations of Christian Life and Service. Because of this experience, I learned very quickly how to deal with the transition from high school to postsecondary and how important it is to be surrounded by a supporting community. It was at Laurier that I found the same energetic and welcoming atmosphere.

Since stepping foot on campus I have volunteered under almost every department. Some of my favourite memories have been with Brantford Residence Council and intramural dodgeball in my first year to Laurier Off-Campus University Students and Clubs and Associations in my second and third years.

However, my most cherished memories at Laurier have been volunteering during Orientation Week. O-Week is a thorough welcome to Laurier. Jam-packed with free food, cheer offs, concert night and tons of other academic and social events, O-Week is an inclusive and welcoming environment to introduce you to your new campus.

For my fourth year, I am looking forward to continuing my role as Recruitment and Admissions’ Tour Coordinator and beginning a new position in my program’s student association. This year also marks the fourth year that I will have been a part of Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship, a club that organizes outreach events and Bible studies, complete with free and delicious food. Last, but certainly not least, I am pumped for my fourth-year classes. Some courses I’m looking forward to are “Struggles in Capitalism Today”, “Millennials: Overly Entitled?” and a Directed Studies course in Religion, where I hope to conduct original research.

My first three years at Laurier Brantford were a huge success, and I would love to share with you the tips and tricks to learn and study, but also to have fun and get involved.

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