Well, Orientation and Week of Welcome sure passed by quickly — I hope you had a chance to see what your Students' Union could do for you and our campus community! By the way, what was your favourite Week of Welcome event?
Anyways, it's not only the Students' Union that builds a campus community — it's every one of you. What I love about the University of Alberta the most is that every one of us are encouraged to change and better the community. If you want to take part in building a strong, healthy campus, register for the Heroes for Health initiative ASAP and let's start brainstorming! If you're more of an observer, I would encourage you to join us on the benches to support our Golden Bears and Pandas!
Now if you are like me and seek pure bliss through volunteering, I would love to offer you an amazing opportunity with the International Centre. Join their Peer Program to meet students from across the world, and broaden your perspectives. Be a host to an international guest, and a mentor to a new student.
We also have many opportunities within our own SU services. For example, Safewalk is a safe and reliable alternative to walking home alone at night. We give everyone that peace of mind at night by being an effective response to crime on campus. By default, every member of the University of Alberta is already a client of ours! You need no prior security/self-defense training, just a smile and legs that are ready to walk! Applications are due soon though (September 24th) for the Fall term and can be dropped off in 0-22 SUB at the Safewalk desk.
Anyways, I don't want to overburden you with too much good news - welcome (back) to the University of Alberta and I hope to see you around!
photo credit: Jason Yuen