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eotoole@wlu.ca
Campus Ambassador
Fourth-Year Communication Studies and History
Georgetown, ON

Hi there! My name is Emma, and I am currently in my fourth year double majoring in Communication Studies and History with a minor in Religion and Culture. I wanted to congratulate you on beginning your steps towards postsecondary education, and especially in considering my home, Wilfrid Laurier University.

Coming from a small town, I found the transition into postsecondary to be particularly challenging. I wasn't ready to leave my town, my family, and especially my cat! On top of these fears, I was also unsure of what academic route I wanted to pursue. When I came to Laurier, I was immediately attracted to the small campus, the tight-knit community feel, and the volunteer culture. I was also drawn to the amazing Arts faculty at Laurier, as it gives you the opportunity to come into first year undeclared and experience an “exploratory first year.” This allows you to take courses from each arts program to find something that strikes your interest. Once I visited Laurier, I immediately began to feel the stress of postsecondary melt away as I knew I had found my new home.

I began first year as a history student, but took advantage of the exploratory option and ended up declaring a second major and a minor by the end of first year. I was able to customize my degree to my specific interest, which has given me the amazing opportunity to study what I love. On top of academics, I was immediately impressed with the volunteer culture. In my first year alone, I was an executive member on First Year Project, a student-run committee that planned and executed events for first years; I competed on an intramural dodgeball team with my residence; and I joined the Laurier tennis team. Since first year, I have continued to be involved in event planning committees, intramural sports, planning and leading Orientation week, and many more amazing campaigns. Through my involvement, I have had the pleasure of contributing to the Laurier community, while gaining incredible experiences and friendships that will last a lifetime. While academics, volunteer work, jobs and a social life can be tricky to balance, Laurier has incredible support services that are dedicated to ensuring that each student is excelling, in both their academic and personal lives.

These are the reasons why I fell in love with Laurier. It really is a unique, inclusive culture that works tirelessly towards ensuring each student feels at home on campus. I really encourage you to visit our lovely campus or contact me if you have any specific questions; there is nothing I love more than talking about my incredible experience at this school! Best of luck with your process, and I really hope to hear from you and ultimately welcome you to the Golden Hawk family!


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