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Wilfrid Laurier University Leaf
April 17, 2014
Canadian Excellence

Susie Turner

Hello! My name is Susie and I am a fourth year Global Studies student, pursuing minors in both Anthropology and Environmental studies (yes, it's a bit of a mouthful!). I come from the land of Toronto, 30 minutes north in Aurora.

For me, it was a tour of the Laurier campus that confirmed my decision to come to the university, revealing its unique close-community feel (where in one 5- minute walk across campus you can pass by 5 friends), and uncovering the fantastic opportunity available to really get to know your professors and fellow students.

I have always believed in becoming involved in the community and impacting positive change, and the opportunities for such involvement at Laurier and in Kitchener-Waterloo are awesome. I am part of Laurier's environmental advocacy group, the EcoHawks, as an executive member, and have been involved in the group's initiatives since first year. I was also a member of my residence House Council in first year as a representative for Upgrade, a first year student leadership position. The Laurier campus is constantly buzzing with club initiatives, fundraisers and events, and the opportunities to become involved in the community outside the university are endless.

The Global Studies Experience (GSE) brought me to Panama to volunteer with a community development organization for two months in May and June 2013. The GSE is one of the ways my program attempts to integrate in-class academic learning with hands-on experiences.

Becoming a member of the Laurier community means joining a campus in constant motion, with chances to get involved in initiatives beyond academics. I look forward to sharing my experience with you, and answering any questions you might have about how you might begin to build your own!