• Laura Rincon

Why You Should Get Involved in Your University

Hi everyone, my name is Laura, and I am entering my third year at SFU. Like many of you, I started university during the pandemic and couldn't come to campus in my first year as planned. The transition was tough for me, and I was terrified and worried about how I would make friends and be involved in the university without knowing others. I quickly realized during my first week that if I didn't live on campus, it would be almost impossible to meet others and that the only way to become involved was to join a club or student union. Trying something new is always hard, especially when doing it alone, but sometimes a leap of faith is worth it.

I saw how some of my friends solely came to campus for class and left and struggled to meet like-minded people and find real purpose at SFU. After researching what SFU had to offer, I found the student criminology association and decided that I would give it a try and run in the elections. To my surprise, I was elected on my first try and have been a part of it ever since. Everyone was so welcoming and fun, and it made me feel like I belonged in my program and that I could help make a difference and get other students involved. Since then, many other opportunities have arisen to become involved and help with different individuals, organizations and events in SFU and externally.

Reflecting on why joining was vital for me, it's because when you find a group of people with common goals and who are willing to push you to be the best version of yourself, it will help you grow both as a person and as a student. I started expanding my learning both in and out of the classroom. I had the unique opportunity to connect with professionals, professors, and knowledgeable students who can help and guide you through the whirlwind of the university. Without joining the crim association, I never would have had the opportunities I have today, and I wouldn't have met other people in my program who I can connect with so well.

It's also important to note that not only can you get involved academically, but I was also an athlete my whole life, and realized there are many different activities and clubs you can join around campus to do your favourite activities and connect with other people. University can be a lonely time, and it's not always as funny and easy as people make it out to be. Stepping out of your comfort zone is difficult, but as someone who has had to do it and gotten involved in several extracurricular faucets at SFU, it is so worth it. Not only will you make new friends, but it will make your time at SFU more memorable than merely receiving a degree. Life experiences are just as important as good grades, and balance is essential! Feel free to message the crim association page @sfu.csa for information on how to get involved!

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