Insider SFU tips:
Graduate studies can be isolating at times, so it is really important to foster a network/community of people that support, encourage, understand and will be silly with you. As an international student, I came to SFU not knowing anyone, but I have a great group of friends that helped each other navigate through the adjusting period.
Also, get involved! Every department has a graduate student caucus. That is a good place you can network with people in your own area and get to know issues that concern all of us. As graduate students, all of our works are so interesting and influential. It is important to share our work with others to gain different perspectives from each other.