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Jordan Teed

Courtney Tran

Alex Di Lello

 

Jordan Teed – Class of 2018 – Criminology – Brantford

What positions did you hold in the Students’ Union in your time as a student?

Outreach Committee (Coordinator/Executive/General Volunteer), Student Rights Advisory Committee (Coordinator/Executive/General Volunteer)

What made you want to be involved with the Students’ Union?

When I first began as a general volunteer on the Student Rights Advisory Committee (SRAC), I have to admit the reason was based on impending law school applications. By the end of my first year on SRAC it became more than just something to put on my resume. The next academic year I applied to be the SRAC Coordinator and was hired for this position. I was able to develop so much leadership, planning, organization, and time management skills. Furthermore, the Outreach Committee was in need of a Coordinator, so I took on this opportunity as well. I developed more than just another thing to put on my resume. I developed friendships, skills, and valuable experiences that would assist me in forming my future career plans. This experience enabled me to see I wanted more than just “law school” and being a lawyer. Instead I realized I wanted to help individuals one-on-one.

What did being involved with the Students’ Union mean to you? What is the most valuable life lesson you took from being involved with the Students’ Union?

The most valuable life lesson that I learned over the years with the Students’ Union was that a career should be fun. There should always be room for laughter, errors, and learning opportunities. Although I know this was an unpaid position, I saw just how my ideal workplace would look.

Tell us about the relationships you made being involved with the Students’ Union. What kind of people did you get to meet? How did you meet these people? What did these relationships mean to you? How did these relationships help you grow personally? Do you still keep in touch with these people?

I met some very incredible individuals at the Students’ Union groups. Whether it be at trainings, volunteer appreciation events, or just from having a common talking point. These relationships are still there however I have moved away from the area. I still use my AVP as a reference for potential job positions, and keep in touch in personal ways as well.

Tell us about your life/career path since graduating from Laurier

My path has been exciting and eventful since gradating from Laurier. I began working in a troubled youth facility, at a financial institution, and doing supervised access visits. From here I was able to attain a position in my ‘dream’ job as an accessibility counsellor for an employment agency. I currently assist youth with disabilities to engage in their communities to develop skills and confidence for future life goals. I have also recently been married – and the organization and time management skills learned from these positions 100% helped me with the planning!

What doors did being involved with the Students’ Union open for you? What skills did being involved equip you with to help you get to where you are now professionally? What was your biggest take away from being involved with the Students’ Union?

Biggest skill take away – The Interview process. These interviews as intimidating as they seem as such great experience to take away into future positions interviews. I gained such great confidence with my interview skills because of the STARR response system!

What advice do you have for our current Students’ Union volunteers?

It is simple – VOLUNTEER. There is no reason to not. It helps you in ALL aspects of your Current and Future plans/goals.

Why should students get involved with the Students’ Union?

Why not!!?

 

Courtney Tran – Class of 2016 – Bachelor of Arts – Waterloo

What positions did you hold in the Students’ Union in your time as a student?

Club Member (including Faculty Associations), Foot Patrol (Coordinator/Executive/General Volunteer)GO Team, Ice Breaker, Wilf’s/Turret Staff, Winter Carnival Executive

What made you want to be involved with the Students’ Union?

My icebreakers in first year made such a positive impact on me (shoutout to Casey and Hilary!) that I instantly fell in love with the volunteer culture at Laurier. On the first day two Foot Patrol volunteers came by the residence to give a little talk about what their service did and that’s how I decided to become a Foot Patrol volunteer.

What is your fondest memory with being involved in the Students’ Union? What is your favourite/funniest/best story that you remember from your time being involved with the Students’ Union?

One of the coolest experiences was when Foot Patrol did their “Walk with the Hawk” campaign where you could have the Hawk walk you anywhere that night. I spent the whole night with Hawk taking pictures and on the down low, the Hawk and I engaged in some great conversation. He even let me wear the Hawk head!

What did being involved with the Students’ Union mean to you? What is the most valuable life lesson you took from being involved with the Students’ Union?

Being involved with the Students’ Union and specifically Foot Patrol meant that I was contributing back to a community that really welcomed me in. Laurier is a wonderful size where you might not know everyone but once you get involved, you seem to pass by a lot more recognizable faces. The most valuable life lesson I took from being involved with Students’ was that you get what you put in. I decided to put time and effort into giving back and that gave me my best friends (to this day) and fond memories.

Tell us about the relationships you made being involved with the Students’ Union. What kind of people did you get to meet? How did you meet these people? What did these relationships mean to you? How did these relationships help you grow personally? Do you still keep in touch with these people?

I made relationships with people that I definitely would not have made if I didn’t volunteer. I met my best friends on Foot Patrol and it was those moments we spent together on shift during downtime that brought us close. We bonded even more outside of Foot Patrol via Menchies and sushi outings. My best friends today are people I met through Foot Patrol and that was 8 years ago!
As well, I connected with people from different services and had a bigger network of resources/connection to resources from getting involved. Even though I am not best friends with everyone I met through volunteering, these are people I still occasionally see and reminisce with about our times back in the Students’ Union.
One of the most meaningful relationships I have is with Jeyas Balaskanthan. He is the heart and soul of Laurier and I am fortunate to call him a friend. I met him when I first started at Wilf’s in 2012 and our relationship grew as my career at Wilf’s grew. He is an integral part of the Students’ Union and I would not be where I am today without his support and guidance.

Tell us about your life/career path since graduating from Laurier

When I graduated in 2016, I had been working at Wilf’s for 4 years at that point. I then moved into an Assistant Manager role with them for a couple of years after that. I loved Laurier too much to leave! After that, I fell into another management role in hospitality at Cambridge Hotel and Conference Centre before eventually leaving the hospitality world to where I am now – a Junior Client Care Specialist with Liberty Staffing Services. I still keep in touch with Jeyas and my Wilf’s family, occasionally working a shift or two – I just can’t keep away!

What doors did being involved with the Students’ Union open for you? What skills did being involved equip you with to help you get to where you are now professionally? What was your biggest take away from being involved with the Students’ Union?

My biggest take away from being involved with the Students’ Union would be that you have to put yourself out there! There are SO MANY ways to get involved that you there is bound to be one that sparks your interest! Once you do, your experience at Laurier definitely is made better.

What advice do you have for our current Students’ Union volunteers?

You are amazing for giving back to the Laurier community! Make sure to connect with as many people as you can because you never know what could come out of it.

Why should students get involved with the Students’ Union?

Students should get involved because it is a rewarding experience! Not because you know you’re doing something good for the Laurier community but you yourself will be rewarded with an experience that will follow you through life. It’s amazing that Laurier is number one for volunteerism because it’s such a small campus compared to others but it’s because it’s an integral part of the university’s identity.

 

Alex Di Lello – Class of 2020 – Kinesiology – Waterloo

What positions did you hold in the Students’ Union do you hold as a current student?

Club Member, Ice Breaker

What made you want to be involved with the Students’ Union?

The one thing I can truly say is that coming to Laurier has absolutely changed my life! I’ve met so many awesome people, lived through incredible experiences, and I’ve simply been having a blast for the last 3 and a half years. It would be very easy for me to sit back, enjoy my time while I can, graduate and move on, but I think it would be selfish to not volunteer my time, share my amazing experiences and give back to this amazing school that has done so much for me!

Tell us about the relationships you’ve made being involved in the Students’ Union. What kind of people have you met? What do these relationships mean to you? How have these relationships help you grow personally?

Becoming an icebreaker has allowed me to meet so many incredible like-minded people! Very high energy and want to use that energy to have fun and enjoy spending time with others. I have gotten so close with the people on the Red Rivals, especially the cheer team, and these are people that I can call very close friends, even though we only spent a week together.

Why should students get involved with the Students’ Union?

Get involved because it’s fun! I have met so many new friends through icebreaking and attending SU events, and I feel like I am living the true university experience I gave always dreamed of!

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