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lsousa@wlu.ca
Campus Ambassador
Fourth Year Concurrent Education and History
Hamilton, ON

Hello Purple and Gold Nation!

My name is Lena Sousa and I am in my fifth and final year of the Concurrent Education program, where I am double majoring in History and Contemporary Studies, with minors in Psychology and Religion. Being a Laurier student and a Golden Hawk is a huge part of who I am and I am excited to share with you all about how I fell in love with the campus, my program and being involved!

The only way that I can simply describe my love for Laurier is to compare it to how Audrey Hepburn fell in love with Tiffany’s. When I was sixteen years old, I always knew that I wanted to be a teacher, considering that I had always been passionate about working with children and students. When I was in high school, at that time I frequently would visit my guidance counsellor whom first introduced me to the Laurier Branford campus. I proceeded to drag my mother out to Brantford to check out the campus and I instantly fell in love with all that I heard and all that I saw. After three visits, I knew that Laurier was for sure my fit and I was more than excited to begin my journey as a Laurier Golden Hawk.

Coming out of high school, I was very timid and scared to try new things. My parents encouraged me to take part in a program through the university known as L.E.A.P. (Laurier Enriched Academic Program) in which I was able to spend the weekend at the university. I was able to meet new people who would be also attending their first year at Laurier and I participated in many beneficial sessions that informed me about ways to be a leader, get involved and how to be comfortable with such a new chapter in my life. Ultimately, this program helped me to embrace my true self and I gathered the courage to take part in a few of the committees and clubs that Laurier had to offer, such as: MyRespect and the Nipissing University Student Ambassadors.

Since my first year, I have truly grown as an individual and student and am not afraid to take on new adventures and experiences! In my third year, I decided to take on a coordinator position for MyRespect as well as establish my own committee that promoted anti-bullying awareness. In my fourth year, I began working as a Research Assistant and Outreach leader with Danielle Law’s Child and Adolescent Research and Education (CARE) Lab, where we work towards finding answers surrounding cyber-bullying. Through this I was also able to meet and work alongside Carol Todd, Marc Laferriere and representatives from Woodview (an organization that seeks to transform attitudes about mental health and autism) to help promote mental health. All in all, these experiences have provided me with great knowledge and insight that is not only applicable to the world around me but also in relation to my future role as a teacher. They have also allowed me the opportunity to network with such amazing people and that is what Laurier is all about!

Although this is my final year, I will always consider myself a Laurier Golden Hawk because this university and these people are my family and they are the people who have provided me with such memorable experiences to last a lifetime.

To me, Laurier is home and it will always be a place where I feel like I completely fit. With all this being said, I hope that when you take your first steps on campus, Laurier too, becomes a part of your heart and soul.

All the best and luck to you, dear Golden Hawk!

Lena

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