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Shrum medallist values volunteer experiences

June 09, 2014
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Contact:
Amnit Litt, 778.865.1730, akl26@sfu.ca  
Dixon Tam, SFU media relations, 778.782.8742, dixont@sfu.ca

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For economics graduate Amnit Litt, winning Simon Fraser University’s most prestigious undergraduate honour – the Gordon M. Shrum Undergraduate Medal – is as much a matter of joy as it is a big surprise.

The medal is awarded annually for exemplary academic achievement and demonstrated commitment to SFU.

“It is indeed very unexpected,” says Litt, who earned a grade-point average of 4.13 out of a possible 4.33 despite an exhausting list of SFU volunteer commitments. She is graduating with a BA (honours).

The Delta resident admits she worked hard throughout her undergraduate years, waking at 6 a.m. every day to fit in classes and SFU community commitments, and then studying late into the night.

She devoted much of her volunteer time, five hours each week for three years, as a learning and writing peer educator.

“I not only helped other students but also improved my own learning and communication skills as well,” she says.

The experience helped her land a job as an academic advisor in SFU Student Services, where she has worked for the past three years while continuing her studies.

Her other volunteer commitments included participation in LEAD, an SFU leadership program in which she engaged with organizations such as the Canadian Red Cross, working on youth development and social media campaigns.

She also served on the organizing committee for the Canadian Cancer Society's Relay for Life event at SFU, which raised more than $48,000.

While volunteering came easily to Litt, finding her academic footing was more difficult. After venturing into accounting and business, she finally decided to take up economics in her third year as it gave her more flexibility to pursue her interest in math.

Litt says she wants to continue working at SFU before pursuing a master’s degree in economics.

“My SFU experience helped me grow academically and personally much more than I imagined,” she says. “I am still very surprised at how many skills I have managed to acquire in the last five years and I feel grateful for that.”

Simon Fraser University is consistently ranked among Canada's top comprehensive universities and is one of the top 50 universities in the world under 50 years old. With campuses in Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey, B.C., SFU engages actively with the community in its research and teaching, delivers almost 150 programs to more than 30,000 students, and has more than 125,000 alumni in 130 countries.

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