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Alumni Profile: Justine Crawford, Summer 2016

November 22, 2016
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This profile is part of a series exploring the impact of SFU Semester in Dialogue alumni on our local and global communities.

What semester/theme did you participate in?
I participated in Semester Outside In The City II in Summer 2016.

Tell us about one of your projects in the Semester and why it mattered to you?  In what way did the project have a positive impact on the community?

The final project I worked on with my teammates Jenna and Sarah was called “Budding Minds”. It was an activity book that revolved around the theme of self-care. We created and curated activities that helped people to de-stress and practice mindfulness while engaging with nature. During our community event, our participants all said that they felt relaxed and refreshed after our activities!

What was one highlight from the semester?
Mark Winston was one of our last guest speakers and that was an unforgettable experience. As we sat in a circle doing our dialogue, he was able to bring out the vulnerability in every one of us with only a few words. Our whole cohort was crying, sharing our deepest fears and passions. It was incredibly cathartic and therapeutic, and a bonding moment for all of us.

What are you doing now that you want to tell the world about?
I’m currently studying abroad in Amsterdam and travelling Europe! It has been an exciting whirlwind and I can’t believe it’s coming to a close in just a few weeks. I have definitely been taking my experiences in Semester in Dialogue with me wherever I go. It has taught me to be more mindful, be a better listener and speaker, and to critically engage in the world around me.