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Student Ambassador
Fifth-Year Concurrent Education and English
Simcoe, ON

Greetings future Laurier Golden Hawks!

My name is Amber De Leebeeck. I am in my fifth year of Concurrent Education, where I’m double majoring in Society, Culture and Environment and English, with a minor in Geography. I hope to one day teach at the public school level, or maybe even internationally. Until then, Laurier is my home, and I love it! Let me share with you my tips on how to get involved and fall in love with the Brantford campus.

Moving to Laurier, I didn’t know anyone. This allowed me to step out of my shell and meet new friends on different committees. In my opinion, volunteering is one of the best ways to meet new people. In my first year, I got involved with Foot Patrol, our safe-walk program, and Laurier Students for Literacy, a committee that helps local children improve their literacy skills. I also lived in residence in my first year; shout out to Post House Residence! Going to residence events in my first year also helped me get comfortable and confident at Laurier.

In my second year at Laurier, I continued my involvement with Foot Patrol and Laurier Students for Literacy. I also got a job with the U-Desk within the Students Union. Working at the U-Desk opened my eyes to how many student job opportunities there are on campus! These positions are perfect for students because they are through the university, so there is never a conflict between class schedules and academics are always the number one priority.

It was the summer after second year that I started working with Laurier’s Academic Advising Centre. I had the pleasure of being the Headstart Coordinator for the summer of 2015. Headstart is a half-day orientation program offered for incoming first years during the summer months. Through various sessions, students have the chance to register for classes, get their OneCard and take a tour of campus. My responsibility was to provide information on courses, how to get involved, residence, Laurier Off-Campus University Students (LOCUS), as well as all the resources, services and supports offered at Laurier.

In my third year, I strived to be even more involved by volunteering with Ecohawks and as a Food Bank executive within the Students Union. I also continued my work at the U-Desk as well as became a Residence Life Don. I loved becoming involved in Residence. I would highly recommend residence to any student in their first year. Residence offers you a place to start with your integration into the university and university life through programming, events, a senior mentor and academic support. If you know residence isn’t for you, definitely become a part of our Laurier Off-Campus University Students program!

I continued my role as a Residence Life Don into my fourth year, and will be the community advisor for the Brantford Residence Council. This year I will be taking on the position of Residence Education Advisor within the Department of Residence as well as volunteering as a First Year Integration Executive within the Students Union. My fourth year was also the year I became a part-time student ambassador with Recruitment & Admissions, which is a position I will be continuing with this year.

This was a long introduction of myself and all the many paid and volunteer positions I have been a part of, but I wanted to share with you the many different options to help make your university experience something amazing. Laurier is my home, and I couldn’t see myself anywhere else.

Good luck with your future endeavours; I wish you all the best!

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