Skip to main content

Zahraa Hawili

SFU Student
Arts + Social Sciences › English, Health Sciences

empty
A photo of the author
[...] Speaking openly about my experiences in relation to these themes and listening to other people’s opinions allowed me to expand my way of thinking and to apply the knowledge I had gained.

I was in my first year at SFU when I heard about Passport to Leadership 1 (P2L 1). Although I had previously taken a leadership class in high school, I wanted to get involved at SFU and see what new skills and knowledge I could gain. I was initially drawn to this program because it allowed me to explore my interests and only required a commitment of six in-person sessions. 

Since I had previous leadership experience, I was familiar with some of the topics that were discussed, which included: effective communication strategies, the influence of stereotypes, the importance of self-awareness, and goal-setting. However, speaking openly about my experiences in relation to these themes and listening to other people’s opinions allowed me to expand my way of thinking and to apply the knowledge I had gained. I also loved the diversity of my cohort. We had a mix of people from different cultural backgrounds, undergraduate programs, and years of study who all shared their individual experiences which greatly enriched my first-year experience at SFU. It is an inclusive program that will teach you many things and I can guarantee you that every participant will find at least one piece of insight that will resonate with them in this program! 

So even if you don’t think you have the qualities to be leader, you will soon realize that the definition of a leader is ever-changing and can be applied to anyone! I recommend P2L 1 for anyone who wants to explore their leadership potential while gaining practical skills that they can use throughout their university career. Some people may find that P2L 1 is all they need, while others, like me, were eager to continue onto the next level of Passport to Leadership. 

Beyond the Blog

  • The Passport to Leadership program is a series of four workshops, starting with P2L 1. To learn how you can enroll, visit the P2L homepage. 

  • There are many opportunities on-campus where students can build skills and gain experience. Check out Student Services Get Involved page to learn more. 

About the Author

Zahraa Hawili

SFU Student
Arts + Social Sciences › English, Health Sciences

You Might Like These... Volunteering, Leadership, Professional Development, Personal Development

Students from an orientation session
Student Profile: Pamela Santos on becoming an Orientation Leader

When I first met Pamela Santos at this year’s Leadership Summit, I was immediately drawn to her enthusiasm. Pamela, who is currently a third-year Business and Criminology student, introduced herself to me in an icebreaker game at the summit.

Photo of 8 men stacked in triangular pyramid formation, standing on each others shoulders
Team Work Works: The Story Behind the Photo

Karan Durairajan may be new to SFU, but that didn’t stop him from entering the 2008 WIL Photo Contest under the brand new entry category, Community Engagement. Read the story behind the photo.

Two women are talking to each other while each holding a book. They are smiling at each other.
Why Be a Career Peer Educator?

Do you want to hear directly from Career Peers about their thoughts on volunteering as a Career Peer? This article showcases reflections from Career Peers on their experience. 

A photo of the author
library_books
Blog
Discover Your Leadership Potential in Passport to Leadership
Leadership, Personal Development, Life Experience, Communication, Personal Development, Student Success, Workplace Success

Looking for an opportunity to boost your personal development at SFU? Look no further - Passport to Leadership will help you maximize your leadership potential, and is available to all SFU students! Read Zahraa's story for more insight.

A photo of the author
library_books
Blog
Discover Your Leadership Potential in Passport to Leadership
Leadership, Personal Development, Life Experience, Communication, Personal Development, Student Success, Workplace Success

Looking for an opportunity to boost your personal development at SFU? Look no further - Passport to Leadership will help you maximize your leadership potential, and is available to all SFU students! Read Zahraa's story for more insight.

You Might Like These... Volunteering

Students from an orientation session
Student Profile: Pamela Santos on becoming an Orientation Leader

When I first met Pamela Santos at this year’s Leadership Summit, I was immediately drawn to her enthusiasm. Pamela, who is currently a third-year Business and Criminology student, introduced herself to me in an icebreaker game at the summit.

Two women are talking to each other while each holding a book. They are smiling at each other.
Why Be a Career Peer Educator?

Do you want to hear directly from Career Peers about their thoughts on volunteering as a Career Peer? This article showcases reflections from Career Peers on their experience. 

A clip art image of three faceless people standing next to each other. A person in the middle has a grey face and orange body, while the remaining people have an orange face and grey body.
Becoming the Leader You Want to Be

Whether in the workplace or at school, we’ve all come across difficult personality types. Read on to find out how you can turn those interactions into positive experiences.