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Campus Ambassador
Fourth-Year Health Studies and Criminology
Kitchener, ON

Hey there Golden Hawks!

My name is Sarah Wood, and I am very excited to be working as a Student Ambassador for Laurier in 2016/17. I am in my fourth and final year of being a double major in Health Studies and Criminology. Health Studies is an extremely interesting program which not only incorporates medical health, but also social health education. Learning how our health is affected by social, biological and institutional factors truly opens your mind to different areas of thought regarding health in Canada.

Double majoring in Criminology was a decision I made after first year, and I am very glad I did. In my program, first year left plenty of room for electives. Having no idea what classes I would like, I ended up taking a variety of classes from different programs, but I enjoyed Criminology the most. These classes caught my interest enough that I decided to major in it. With a mix of both Health Studies and Criminology classes, I have a schedule packed with courses I am genuinely interested in. This is what I believe is the greatest part of university  learning about subjects that fascinate you, regardless of how different they may be.

Time really does fly as a Laurier student; I cannot believe that I am already in my final year. Starting university, I remember being so excited for all of the opportunities, but also feeling scared, nervous and afraid. Now looking back, I realize I wasn’t the only one who had these feelings. Since then, Laurier has been nothing but welcoming, fun, encouraging and safe. Being a first-year student at Laurier is like being a celebrity. Everyone is constantly throwing events for you and making sure that you feel at home and a part of the community.

As a Golden Hawk, getting involved is the best way to make sure you enjoy university. In first year, I joined a first-year committee called Brantford Residence Council, or BRC. This council allowed me to understand what it feels like to be involved as a Laurier student. In second year, I was a GO Team member during Orientation Week (O-Week), and helped the incoming first years integrate into campus. Volunteering for O-Week was definitely one of my favourite positions on campus. I was also a member of our safe-walk home program, Foot Patrol, and our day-time events committee, Hawk Team. Being a volunteer for these committees allowed me to get to know my fellow Golden Hawks while having a great Laurier experience. This year I am taking on the adventure of being a Residence Life Don! I could not be more excited to expand my Laurier knowledge. 

Coming to Laurier was the best decision I ever made. Not only is Laurier my school, but it is now my place of work, my place of entertainment, my place of volunteering and my home. I hope that Laurier will become your home, too.

Please email me with any questions you may have, or if you see me on campus, don’t forget to say hi!

Laurier Love, 

Sarah Wood

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