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Lyndsey Thompson

Student recruiter walks the talk

October 4, 2007

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Terry Lavender

When Lyndsey Thompson (above), BSc ’07, speaks about the benefits of an SFU education to an audience of high school students, she doesn’t have to look far to find an example. All she has to do is point to herself.

A new graduate of the School of Interactive Arts and Technology, Thompson works full-time as a student recruiter for the campus where she’s been studying since 2001. And after she convocates on October 4, she’ll be going back to SFU’s Surrey campus to continue recruiting for the university.

“The most wonderful part about graduating for me is that I don’t have to leave the campus that has given me so much,” she says.

Now Thompson is thinking about enrolling in graduate school at the campus, confident she can continue to balance school with work. “It’s been surprisingly easy—the environment’s been really flexible so I’ve been able to complete my classes one or two a semester since I started working full-time during the day and doing homework in the evenings.”

Thompson came to what was then the Technical University of British Columbia in 2001, after graduating from high school in her hometown of Whitehorse. When TechBC became the Surrey campus of SFU, Thompson transferred to the new Interactive Arts and Technology program, specializing in interactive design.

In her second year, she began working as a student recruiter and discovered she could apply what she was learning about design to the real-life purpose of producing attractive recruitment materials. But the job involves more than just designing posters and viewbooks, she notes.

“I have the important job of communicating information regarding academic programs, admission requirements, campus services, student services, scholarships and other factors that act as major contributors in a prospective student’s choice of post-secondary institution,” she says. “As a student and now a graduate of SFU, I use my own experiences to dispel some of the myths about going on to post-secondary study.”

Over the past five years, Thompson has seen the Surrey campus grow from 250 students and one program to 2000 students and five faculties.

“As we get larger it’s a different type of environment but it’s equally as friendly,” she says. “With more clubs and more students willing to raise the profile of the university, things can only get even better.”
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