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Community showcases riveting stories of adversity, culture and creating change. These stories are from SFU community members which include volunteers, Graduate students, Alumni, Indigenous students, and many more to show you the power of giving back to our community.

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Homesickness During the Holidays

The holidays are a time for fun and festivities, but the feeling of being homesick can also creep in during this time. Here are some steps to help you through it!

Sunset at Burnaby
Aesthetic Study Spots on Burnaby Mountain

Looking for Unique study spots on the Burnaby Campus? Do you want to merge comfort, views, and serenity while studying on campus? Here are 5 study spaces on campus that I recommend. 

Lauretta in Stanley Park
Discovering Vancouver: 4 Hidden Gems

New to Vancouver? Discover 4 spots Lauretta discovered in her adventures around the city.  

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Emerging Leader Claire Adams Brings Creativity and Passion to her Grassroots Community Work

Urban Studies master’s student Claire Adams is dedicated to helping transform the way self-identified women experience urban spaces and participate in civic processes, and she has been recognized for this work with the Urban Studies Alumni Award for Community Engagement.

Sarah Rain
Indigenous Studies Alumnus Sarah Rain's Journey of Self- Discovery

As a single mom, providing her young daughter with a bright future motivated Sarah Rain to work towards her degree, while also navigating the challenges of work, life, and parenthood.

Me on the right next to a wall with the text "Communications and Marketing 2200"
So, You Finished Co-op: A Letter to Myself

As the C&M team has been (lovingly) reminding me, the sand in my hourglass is running out. And be it the sentimental self-reflector in me, I want nothing more than to sit down with my pre-Co-op-self and tell her about all of the spectacular things that are about to come her way.

Three people behind a desk writing notes next to a Life Sciences BC billboard
What I Learned About Personal Values During My First Co-op Work Term

Your Co-op seeking term is full of opportunities. But without an idea of what you’re looking for, it can be overwhelming. As a newcomer to the communications field, I spent my first seeking term sifting through job after job like a deer in headlights, not knowing what to look for and where to look for it. Continue reading to learn how working with a company that shares my values enhanced my co-op experience.

Sammie, Chelsie, and Luis in the SFU Sound Studio
Documenting Positivity with Sammie
Vancouver Chinatown
Spill the Tea: Gentrification of Vancouver Chinatown

This short video-documentary was created in hopes to represent a diversity of voices of Chinatown. As the neighbourhood has become more polished, more people came to the local stores and restaurants. Yet, those developments also drove up the rent, pushing out many businesses which have existed in the area for decades.

A crowd of people walking on a crosswalk
Why You Should Consider Submitting an SFU Story to the OLC

SFU Stories on the OLC are short-form, Instagram-style, narrative stories that help to build a welcoming SFU community. No matter how big or small, every story has something to offer. Share your story today!

SIAT alumnus Bassam Mirghani being presented with his award at the 2021 Vancouver UX Awards
SIAT Students and Alum Recognized at the Vancouver User Experience Awards

The hard work of these SIAT students paid off when their work was recognized at the Vancouver User Experience Awards.

Screen grab from Awaiting, a film by Amy Guo and Hannah Leng
SIAT Students Overcome Challenges to Create Remarkable Films

Even during unsuspecting conditions, these SIAT students still pulled through to create extraordinary films 

SFU's Academic Quadrangle (AQ) and Reflecting Pond
5 Things I’ve Learned at SFU

Amrita looks back at her time as a Communication student and shares some tips for incoming students

A group of students laughing together at a coffee shop with their laptops on the table
Immersing Yourself at SFU

The existence of student-led clubs, unions, and organizations on campus are often taken for granted. Joining such clubs or groups though, can benefit you more than you may realize.