By: Tabatha Patterson
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In February, SFU’s new strategic vision was announced: “to be the leading engaged university defined by its dynamic integration of innovate education, cutting-edge research, and far-reaching community engagement.” This vision is all about engaging students, research, and communities. This Saturday, May 26, SFU is inviting the community to its Burnaby campus for an open house where students, faculty, and alumni will showcase what the university has to offer.

The bi-annual SFU Open House is an excellent opportunity to explore the multitude of opportunities that SFU offers students to become engaged. Personally, I have complemented my degree with a variety of hands-on experiences on campus. Each made me feel more a part of the SFU community, better prepared for a future career, and more self-aware. I applied my classroom learning as a Research Assistant through the work-study program, built leadership skills as an Orientation Leader, made international connections as an English Conversation Partner, and developed professionally as a Career Services Peer Educator. Engagement of this kind is the difference between getting a degree and getting an education. Getting involved with these projects has been instrumental in my own career exploration and the development of skills and networks on which I will build a career at the end of my degree. 

Despite being engaged with all of these programs, there are so many other opportunities at SFU that I wish I had been involved with, some of which I was not even aware. That is one of my favourite things about SFU, no matter how many amazing opportunities I learn about there are always more to explore. This Saturday, I urge prospective students, current students, alumni, and members of the community of all ages to come out to see how you can engage with SFU. Discover the opportunities to learn through experience, participate in research, and give back on-campus and off. Discover, or rediscover what you can do at SFU.

Posted on May 24, 2012