Skip to main content
Portrait of Alex

Alexandra Lowe

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

empty
Group of students doing an interactive activity
I have never forgotten my Orientation Leader from my first year, and I am happy I could be a part of some else’s university experience as well!

Have you ever considered becoming an Orientation Leader? You know those energetic and enthusiastic SFU students you see in that same brightly coloured T-shirt for days? I’m here to share my experience and why you should join as well! Gain skills and have an experience that will no doubt shape your time at SFU.


Over the past 2 years, I have dedicated the last 2 weeks of my summer preparing to welcome new students through training activities. During the training, I attended workshops on building leadership skills, dealing with ethical issues, and making students feel comfortable. These workshops helped me out in many places outside of Orientation and, in fact, many of the skills I gained have helped me land my current job. My leadership experience, knowledge about SFU’s resources and ability to work as part of a team are some of the things I gained as an Orientation Leader.

But aside from all the great skills I learned, the most important thing I gained was a fun and exciting experience! The majority of my close friends I met through the Orientation program, and I keep touch with nearly all of the other leaders I volunteered with. What I find most rewarding is my effect on comforting new students and helping them discover that SFU is a place where they can grow. I enjoyed talking to the new students and hearing all of their different stories and backgrounds. My clan in particular consisted of many international students and I was lucky enough to make some friends that I am able to visit if I ever go overseas! I was happy to share my experiences with SFU students, and help them find ways to get involved. It is a very humbling and fantastic skill-building experience to provide support for someone in the way that Orientation allows.

So why not gain some great leadership skills and make a few friends along the way? Orientation is a great way to begin getting engaged in your university and make a difference in someone else’s life. I have never forgotten my Orientation Leader from my first year, and I am happy I could be a part of some else’s university experience as well! Applications are now being accepted for Burnaby Team Leaders on myInvolvement, so keep checking back for applications for Orientation leaders! Start your journey of engaging with your university today!

About the Author

Portrait of Alex

Alexandra Lowe

SFU Co-op Student
Communication, Art + Technology › Communication
Alexandra Lowe is a co-op student working as the Volunteer Services Assistant. She studies communication and in her spare time she volunteers, plays sports and enjoys the outdoors. You can find her in Career Services in MBC 0300 and don't forget to visit the Volunteer Services website (sfu.ca/volunteer) to getin information about the latest events and opportunities

You Might Like These... Professional Development, Personal Development, Career Exploration, Life Experience

Marble statue of Socrates
Know Thyself

So you have graduated from university and are hanging your well-earned degree on your bedroom wall, and all of  a sudden, a tiny, yet unavoidable voice in the back of your head is quietly screaming “No time to celebrate, you need to find a job!” or “I’ve got my degree…what do I do with it?!’.

Mike, author
Indigenous Stories: Mike, SFU Alumni

"I have no solid plans for the future and I love it...I know that every experience that I have had, every failed plan, was really an excellent mistake that gave me the skills I need to handle any situation that gets thrown my way in the future."  Read Mike's story of career exploration, and how to handle constant change.

picture of glichelle pondering a though
Surviving Workplace Politics

Ever been peeved with workplace politics? Have you ever been a victim of office politics? One student shares her experiences from the workplace with tips on how to survive.

 

You Might Like These... Volunteering

 The crowd at the Special Olympics World Games Opening Ceremonies
Volunteering for Special Olympics: An Interview with Al-Rahim Habib

Special Olympics Canada is an organization dedicated to enriching the lives of people with intellectual disabilities through positive sports. Al-Rahim Habib, an SFU student is finishing his B.Sc. in Health Sciences this semester, is currently volunteering for Special Olympics BC, a chapter of Special Olympics Canada.  His goal is to one day become a medical doctor.

drawing of comfort zone
Stay In Your Comfort Zone!

We’ve all heard the phrase “comfort zone.”  We’ve probably all been told at one point or another to get outside of it, too. But what exactly does that mean?  We can make all sorts of fancy diagrams and models to illustrate the concept, but does that really do justice to lived experience?

Author with four other people in front of a table
Co-op Student Experience Surpasses Expectations

In Spring 2011, Diana Chan was hired at BCcampus as a Professional Learning and Communications Assistant, learn more about how her work experience has helped to confirm her interests and career plans.