What drew me to become an SL leader?
I began to realize how effective the SL program was for students of all ages in my third year. The weekly study sessions offered by my SL leader became an anchor for my academic success. As my own subject knowledge expanded, I began watching my peers grow and become more confident as learners. I wanted to develop the tools necessary to help other students progress and fulfill their academic goals.
I never sit down to study without:
A plan for the day. In my agenda, I always write a list of daily tasks that are ranked from most to least important. This keeps my focus on the most urgent assignments at hand, while giving my brain some direction throughout the day. I swear by this technique, and I would recommend it to any student looking to develop their organizational skills.
Best advice I’ve ever received:
Was from my parents, and it’s incredibly simple: nothing is permanent. From the perspective of a person dwelling in the short-term, mistakes or failures are devastating. However, change can happen in an instant, and obstacles seem small when the bigger picture is taken into consideration. I try to embody this growth mindset, especially when it comes to university and volleyball. When you perceive outcomes as just outcomes, rather than “good” or “bad”, anything can be overcome.
What I wish I’d known on the first day of university
When I arrived at TRU, I had left my hometown and was overwhelmed with the fast pace of university life. The transition from high school was more difficult than I’d anticipated, but I was too shy to approach my professors or peers for assistance. Looking back, I should have utilized TRU’s resources to cope with the common issues of becoming a first year student. To anyone dealing with the ups and downs that university can bring, you are never alone. Programs like SL can integrate you deeper into the TRU community, while simultaneously forwarding your academic career.
My academic “a-ha moment”
When I was in first year, I called my dad in tears to complain about a mark that I’d received on a test. I told him that I had studied thoroughly, and that I didn’t understand why the result was so poor. He listened to me quietly, then spoke the words that would change the way I looked at school. “What don’t you know? You can’t rely on the things that come easy. You have to push yourself to go after whatever it is that you don’t know.” My dad encouraged me to start identifying my blind spots as a student, which was crucial in my journey towards active studying. I began to discover the techniques that shaped me into the student I am today.