Something I strongly live by is to take every opportunity you receive. I am a big believer in going after what you want instead of waiting for it to come to you. That’s why I suggest keeping busy and getting involved in as many ways as you can. I’ll share with you some ways that I like to keep busy while here at Brock!
Yes, we are all here to get an education, but there is no way I can sit at a desk every day all day and do schoolwork. That’s why I got a part-time job at the university in the recreation department. Of course, you can get a job anywhere, whether that be at the Pen Centre, a restaurant, the university, or others. Having a job also teaches you some valuable life lessons like time management and organization. Having a full course load and a job requires effort to accomplish successfully. Anyway, a job is a great way to stop doing schoolwork and get paid experience in the real world.
Either through a club, community event, or team, there are many ways to find a volunteer opportunity in the Niagara Region. Lots of students think that after they have completed their mandatory volunteer hours for high school, they can through that worry out the window, but I would argue that volunteering is more important in post-secondary school. Not only does it look great on a resume, but it’s also a great way to learn about an organization or event. Personally, I like volunteering because it gets me out in the community, I learn a lot, I meet new people, and it’s fun. Find something that you are interested in and passionate about, and I can guarantee you that you will enjoy your experience.
As a current second-year student, who started university online at home last year, I had a difficult time meeting new people. That’s why SPMA Council caught my eye to apply for, as well as the Brock Leaders Citizenship Society (BLCS). SPMA Council was a great way for me to meet three other first-year students and learn from older students. It was like a big virtual family that I appreciated and leaned on, so much so that I wanted to stay involved this year. BLCS is a club that has an application process in grade 12 due to the bursary and expectations. It was a great way for me to meet other students, in other programs who are also young leaders like myself. Brock has an immense number of clubs suitable for everyone. See this link to find a club that suits your interests!
Last but not least, HAVE FUN! University is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, so make sure you enjoy your time too. Everyone is going to tell you it will go fast, so take their word for it. Join an intermural team, cheer on your fellow BADGERS at varsity games, try some restaurants, go to the Christmas market, buy tickets to a Niagara Ice Dogs game, and live your university life.
While school is important and is the primary reason of why we are all BADGERS, getting involved is a positive way to create a well-rounded experience for yourself. Your years spent at Brock are going to be what you make of them, so don’t disappoint yourself.
As always, SURGITE & GO BADGERS!
By: Madelyn Gross