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Student Ambassador
Fourth-Year Criminology and Psychology
Hamilton, ON

Hello future Golden Hawks!

My name is Sarah Martiniello, and I am in my fourth year, double majoring in Criminology and Psychology. If you would have told me in Grade 12 that I would be double majoring at Laurier’s Brantford campus, working as a student ambassador, while actively volunteering on and off campus, I probably would not have believed you. But being part of the small community here at the Brantford campus really made me feel welcomed and valued. I soon found a love for Laurier that encouraged me to get involved in whatever way I could.

It all started for me as a confused high school student; I did not know what to study or where to go. I ended up choosing Laurier for its incredibly interesting Criminology program, happily enrolling in it for first year. The downside: I had to move away from home. For me, leaving my friends and family behind was really hard, but I signed up for residence with a positive outlook that has not gone away since! I participated in Orientation Week, a week dedicated to first-year Golden Hawks, which really helped me feel comfortable in my new environment. It also introduced me to a lot of ways to get involved on campus. Even though I was not interested in volunteering in high school, I thought I would give it a try in university. After all, it was a great way to fill my time between classes while meeting new people (not to mention it looks great on a resume)!

To date, I have volunteered with Laurier clubs and committees such as Residence Athletic Council (RAC), Peer Connect, Food Bank and Amnesty International. As well, I have volunteered my time for special events like Relay for Life, Orientation Week and Open House while volunteering in the Brantford community at Community Living Brant, Central Public School and Brantford Police Week.

Despite my enthusiasm for volunteering, I also made sure to focus on what I am here for  my degree! At the end of my first year, the details of that degree changed when I decided to double major in Criminology and Psychology. With the help of academic resources any Golden Hawk can get, I succeeded in my studies. I achieved grades that allowed me to maintain the scholarships I entered university with, while genuinely enjoying the material I was being taught. In just my first year, I already had the opportunity to take classes on famous gangsters and infamous homicides... how cool is that?!

With one more year left at Laurier, I plan to make the most of it! I look forward to continuing my studies and role as a student ambassador, while also helping out fellow Golden Hawks in my new job at Laurier's Centre for Student Success. I am so excited to meet the future of Laurier Brantford through this experience, and can't wait to welcome you to your new home!

It’s great to be a Laurier Golden Hawk!​

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