Hello everyone! I am ecstatic to be writing my first entry for the Brescia Blog! For those of you whom I have not yet had the pleasure of meeting, my name is Sarah and I am going into my second year at Brescia University College, majoring in Psychology and French for Teaching. I am literally counting the days (31!) until I will be moving back into residence.
I first heard about Brescia when my two-years-older brother started looking at universities. The stack of viewbooks he brought home included one for Western, and I was captivated. I saw the information in the back of the book about the affiliate university colleges and I knew straight away, without a doubt, that it was for me. In October of Grade 12, I booked a tour of Brescia and I immediately felt an overwhelming connection to the campus and its community. I applied the day of the November Fall Preview Day and was beyond excited when I received my offer in February.
I just couldn’t get enough of Brescia. I did the BUILD program in March, where Grade 11 and 12 students have the opportunity to spend a weekend at Brescia, staying in residence and attending the FLAIR conference. I competed in Take the Lead 2011. I will always remember that day as the happiest I had ever felt, not only because I had won a full scholarship for my first year, but also because I felt entirely welcomed into the community I admired so much. The girls I met that day continue to be some of my closest friends.
I was a junior counsellor at Brescia’s Girls LEAD camp that summer, helping with the two week program for eight and nine year old girls. This event gave me the opportunity to familiarize myself with campus even more, not to mention giving back to the community that had already given me so much.
I moved into Brescia on September 4, 2011. I took part in amazing O-Week activities, from touring downtown London to raising money for Cystic Fibrosis to learning cheers. I met incredible people, overwhelmingly kind Sophs and spent free time wandering through Ursuline Hall, determined to explore every nook and cranny of my new home.
I ran for the Brescia University College Students Council and was elected the First Year Residence Representative. I signed up for the Tri-Mentoring Program and the Leadership Certificate Program. I went to Mass and Campus Ministry events. Most importantly, I learned so much about myself, as a person, as a student and as a leader.
Being asked to be a judge for Take the Lead 2012 was emotional and humbling. I spent that whole day thinking about how influential that day had been for me, and hoping that the incoming girls would find it to be just as inspiring.
Moving out of residence on April 26th after completing exams was very sad. However, I knew that in just under four months I would be coming back to Brescia, and would be just as busy and involved in my second year (if not more) than in my first.
This year, I am the Brescia Councillor on Western’s University Students Council, a position that also puts me on the BUCSC as the USC Representative. I will be a Brescia Ambassador, leading tours for potential students and their families. And, perhaps what I am most excited about: I will be a Residence Assistant in Brescia’s Residence. I had a very positive experience in residence and I hope that I can help a floor-full of new students to enjoy their first year every bit as much as I did!
I will try to post again soon to tell you all about the BUCSC Training Weekend that happened July 14-15. It was fantastic to be able to see everyone again (and stay in residence over night!) and we had a lot of good discussions.
As I said earlier, I am beyond excited to be writing for the Brescia Blog. Please leave comments to say hello or to ask me any questions you might have – about classes, residence, council, O-Week or anything Brescia really! If I cannot answer them myself, I will be sure to find someone who can. Take care and talk to you soon!