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SFU Story Submissions

With such an incredible and diverse community at SFU, there are so many great stories to share. Why not tell yours? SFU Stories help you to share an SFU learning experience and to connect, educate and inspire the SFU Community. Similar to Instagram, they are visually based with one or muliple images or a video along with a short story.

Everyone’s got a story—what’s yours?

SFU Story Submissions

With such an incredible and diverse community at SFU, there are so many great stories to share. Why not tell yours? SFU Stories help you to share an SFU learning experience and to connect, educate and inspire the SFU Community. Similar to Instagram, they are visually based with one or muliple images or a video along with a short story.

Everyone’s got a story—what’s yours?

Story Initiatives

There are several university-wide initiatives collecting student stories such a Volunteers of SFU. Connect with the program to add your story or with Quentin Beck, the OLC Community Coordinator, to add your initiative.

STORY GUIDELINES

Ensure that you represent yourself, programs, organizations, faculties and partners professionally in both your written and visual content and have all of the appropriate permissions for publication.

STORY ESSENTIALS

What's YOUR Story?

Decide what you would like to share with the SFU Community 

  • Why you joined SFU
  • Your experience as a new student

  • Participation in an SFU Program or Club
  • Specific challenges or achievements
  • Reflection as an Alumni
  • Inspiration as an Educator
  •  

STORY ESSENTIALS

Written Content

  • Short format ~ 200 - 600 words

  • Write a compelling and descriptive title
  • Create an informative and powerful opening sentence that will compel a reader to continue to read your story

  • Consider the following prompts:

    • How was this opportunity meaningful to you?

    • What are some challenges you’ve faced on your SFU journey?

    • What advice would you give other students?

    • If you had a chance to do things different, what choices would you have made?

  • Use accessible language to be universally understood
    • Visit the Student Learning Commons (SLC) website for tips on writing, accessibility and inclusivity
  • Embed hyperlinks to relevant articles, websites, employers, programs, research studies, statistics, etc
  • Proofread for grammar and spelling

STORY ESSENTIALS

Image, Links, and Social Sharing

  • Decide if your Lead item will be a single image or an image slider

  • Image: As this is your story, add a landscape image of yourself that is either a close-up profile or of you in action. Images should be taken by yourself, or properly credited with permission gained for anyone else included in the image.

  • Recommended image dimensions: 900 x 600 pixels. Make sure your image is in a high enough resolution and less than 500 MB. If your image exceeds the limit, please compress them in a photo editing tool or an online tool such as imagecompressor.com

  • Slider: You may add as many images as you would like, but each image must be smaller than 5 MB. If your image(s) exceeds the limit, please compress them. Put your lead image first and add captions as instructed to provide context.

  • Additional media can be added to the body of your story using the Add Media links

  • Embed hyperlinks to relevant articles, websites, employers, programs, research studies, statistics, etc.

  • Stories are featured on SFU's social media accounts. Add your Instagram handle and profile URL so you can be tagged in the posting

STEP 1

Submission Steps

  • You can directly submit your SFU Story when you are logged into the OLC 
  • Follow the helper text in the submission form so your story will stream to the appropriate dedicated sections for programs, faculty, topics, etc.
  • You are welcome to edit or remove stories you have published at any time
  • If you would like editorial feedback or help publishing a story connect with our OLC Editorial Team at sfuolc@sfu.ca
Add SFU Story

Stories are intended to share an SFU experience and to connect, educate and inspire the SFU Community. All published items are reviewed and may be edited or removed at the editors' discretion.

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