Engagement - One Opportunity at a Time!

Engagement - One Opportunity at a Time!

By: Christina Guan
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The E-Word Blog is a series that features a student perspective on SFU’s various engagement opportunities. Follow our blogger Christina as she tries all that SFU has to offer in her effort to become “truly engaged”.

If you’re an SFU student, it’s more than likely you know… we’re the “Engaged University”.  A lot of the time, we are told it means “giving back” and “getting involved”, but for me it means a lot more than that. I personally think that engagement is about making the most out of your university experience. It’s about taking advantage of the resources your school has to offer, being active around campus and meeting great people along the way.It has been over a year since President Petter unveiled SFU’s new strategic vision to engage students, research and communities. The unfortunate truth though is that the  meaning of the “E word" is unclear to many students.  

Engagement really comes in an infinite number of forms, whether you’re writing for the Peak’s ‘humour’ section or enjoying magic tricks from SFU’s wandering magician (yes we have one). What I really think it comes down to is that when you awkwardly cross the stage to get your diploma, you can say that you genuinely enjoyed your SFU experience. With that in mind, I want to discover SFU’s stories and I want to experience what makes this school a great place worthy of being called “the engaged university”. My goal will be to give you a student’s perspective on all of our university’s resources, programs and opportunities. Have you ever wondered what the SFSS does or what’s inside the Women’s Centre? How about student unions or what it’s like at an Altered Reality Club meeting? These are the questions I’ll be trying to answer.

And so, I’m putting it in writing. For the rest of my Undergraduate career, I’m going to explore all that SFU has to offer and I’m going to take you along with me. In addition to covering daily student experiences (like going to office hours or the gym for the first time), I also have in my possession a list of 150 “engagement opportunities” like clubs and programs around SFU that I will check out. In the end, I hope to cover at least one thing that will inspire you or catch your interest. There are way too many cool things happening on campus and I am determined to find out what those things are.

Wish me luck, SFU!

Posted on September 04, 2013