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kmccord@wlu.ca
Campus Ambassador
Fifth-Year English and Film Studies
Kitchener, ON

My name is Kyle McCord and I am excited to welcome you to a school that has endless opportunities.

I am a fifth-year English and Film Studies student on the Waterloo campus. I was born and raised in Kitchener, only 15 minutes away from campus, so I never strayed too far from home. However, it is safe to say I have found a ‘home' that is not too far away from home. Being from the city has made me feel that much closer to campus, but also helped me inspire people from further away to find their home here as well.

In high school I was typically involved. I would attend the events, but did very little work in planning them. I would talk about issues with our school, but never do much to change them. Coming to Laurier really pushed me to step out of that norm and challenged me to do more for my community and myself.

Laurier introduced me to a program that would become my life for the next four years: LOCUS, or Laurier Off-Campus University Students. This virtual residence program is tailored to students who do not live in residence and was the first step for me in finding a home on campus. I got involved in our House Council, got to know the other students and staff, and discovered so much about myself. I then went on to become a Don for the program, the House Council Advisor, and in my fourth year I oversaw the operation of the program as the Coordinator. I would never have expected that Laurier would introduce me to such a great program that would not only help me grow as a leader, but also challenge me inside and outside the classroom.

Another way I found home on campus was through resources for student wellness. I decided to try the gym for the first time, and learned to love it so much I went four times a week; I lost a ton of weight, found new ways to eat healthy at home, and found a new passion for self-improvement. I never liked sports or being healthy, but now it is part of my daily lifestyle

This campus has taught me to constantly evolve and reflect. From changing career paths to discovering new passions and finding new ways to get involved, I have never been bored of the amount of opportunities this campus offers. I gained new job experiences by working at our campus printing shop, got to inspire incoming Golden Hawks by being an Orientation Week icebreaker, and now get to show off the campus I call home as a Laurier Ambassador.

If you choose to come to Laurier, I promise that you will instantly feel the love, pride and sense of belonging all 16,000 of us have found. I hope that I, along with other students and faculty, will help you feel at home whether you are 15 minutes away or 15,000 miles away.

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