Skip to main content

Christy Ho

SFU Co-op Student
Communication, Art + Technology › Communication

empty
Laptop on table next to copper mug, surrounded by string lights
Credit
Anete Lūsiņa on Unsplash
Something I really appreciate about my job is how my work is centered around promoting health and wellness. In brainstorming ways to support other students, I think about how I can practice what I’m promoting for myself.

I have never had any sort of office job before, let alone a job in ‘the real world’. I had no idea what to expect when I got my first Co-op, working remotely for SFU Health & Counselling (SFU HCS) as a Marketing & Communications Assistant. It was during the middle of the pandemic, when everything was changing fast. After almost a year of working here (since I got extended for two additional work terms), I am so grateful for this opportunity. I have built the skills needed for working in marketing and communications, learned how to support my well-being, and discovered more about myself.

What I Do On the Job

On the marketing side of HCS, I work alongside my supervisor and two other Co-op students. Because of the pandemic, we’ve taken on more communications to maintain our virtual operations. 

My team works closely with the Health Promotion team, which consists of strategists who research how to improve health and well-being and how to implement them at SFU. I also work closely with the Health Peers, which is a student volunteer group which hosts events and outreach activities to support student well-being at SFU. 

My role has a lot of variety including:

What I Like About My Co-op

Something I really appreciate about my job is how my work is centered around promoting health and wellness. In brainstorming ways to support other students, I think about how I can practice what I’m promoting for myself. Since I, like others, have struggled with my mental health during the pandemic, I am grateful that my tasks include reading and writing wellness tips as those serve as reminders for myself. Also, the creative projects have offered various opportunities to grow. It helps that I have a very fun and understanding supervisor. I always thought ‘the real world’ would be scary, but my workplace is filled with welcoming and friendly individuals. They create a comfortable atmosphere.

What I Learned About Myself

In working with others in a professional setting, I definitely learned some things about myself that I would not have learned from just being a university student.

I believe that this Co-op allowed me to learn a lot of valuable things, not just related to what I want career-wise, but also how I can grow as a person and take care of myself. I definitely think that I'll be checking out SFU HCS’s resources and activities even after I’m done this Co-op. The department is filled with people who are trying their best to support students and I appreciate that!

Beyond the Blog

About the Author

Christy Ho

SFU Co-op Student
Communication, Art + Technology › Communication
Photo of the author giving a presentation
Creating Value: The Adventures of an IT Co-op Student

As someone who didn’t have a lot of direct experience in a technological setting, providing value to the organization had to come from something much bigger than my direct skill set.

A photo of the author
The 201st Application

It’s been two months and 20 days since my first day of my Co-op term at Westcoast Family Centres, but I still find myself waking up every other day in utter disbelief that things worked out!

You Might Like These... During the Work Term, Professional Development, Workplace Success, Workplace Transition, Communication

Co-op coordinator wth student during site visit
Make the Most of Your Co-op Site Visits

Your Co-op Coordinator, supervisor, and you in the same room -- time for a site visit! Co-op site visits are a time for reflection on your work term including what could be improved and what has been great so far.

person with their head in a book
Responsibility and Success

One of the most memorable parts of my time in co-op was the collection of accidents, errors, mistakes, and mix-ups that happened in the course of working in the laboratory.

 

Faline with some of her students
Faline Lee at Teach and Learn in Korea

"One of the many reasons why I chose TaLK (Teach and Learn in Korea) is to determine whether or not being an ESL teacher is suitable for me. This program gives students in rural areas of Korea the opportunity to interact with the foreign teachers TaLK places in their schools." Read Faline's story to learn more about the TaLK program.

You Might Like These... During the Work Term

Image of Miranda
Event Planning 101: Beyond the Chaos

Behind the glitz and glamour of fancy events, are event planners frantically following their minute-to-minute schedule. In this article, Miranda shares some insight and advice for those entering the sometimes chaotic event planning field.

Lauren in a costume
What Co-op has Taught me About Education

As Lauren wraps up her final co-op term, she looks back on her incredible time with Parks Canada and the lessons she's learned during this experience.

Wing of a airplane
New Co-op. New City. – Tips for Those Moving Away for the First Time

Moving away from home is a life changing experience. It is a combination of exciting and scary, happy and sad, and everything in between. Throw in a new city and a new job and everything just intensifies. One of the first questions that come to mind are what do you do and where do you start?