Two years in and halfway to receiving my degree, I’d like to take a second to stop and look back on my Carleton University experience so far. I came here to study Environmental Science, but I’ve ended up doing so much more than I ever anticipated. I’ve done research, gotten involved in clubs and societies, and attended festivals and events throughout Ottawa. Sometimes, I cannot believe all the opportunities and adventures Carleton has offered me, and I am thrilled to still have two more years of discovery, going outside of my comfort zone, and learning.

Growing up near Toronto, I was nervous to move away from home, but knew that I wanted to live in a new place and decided that Ottawa was for me. Starting university brought new and exciting experiences, both academic and extracurricular. My best piece of advice is to get involved! Whether you join clubs, hang out with friends, explore the city of Ottawa, or just hit the gym, university life has so much more to offer than just lecture halls.

Need some ideas? Personally, I enjoy playing ringette, going to the gym and Carleton’s Ice House, and hanging out with friends. Ottawa is a beautiful city full of trails, parks, and the world’s largest skating rink—the Rideau Canal—all of which I love to explore. There are also plenty of clubs to choose from at Carleton. I have a friend who belongs to one of our many dance teams, and I myself am a member of the Environmental Science Student’s Association (ESSA). Carleton has so much to offer, and getting involved opens doors to explore and try new things.

At times, it was scary to apply for jobs or volunteer positions, be interviewed, and attend club meetings with people I didn’t know, but I can honestly say that I’m so glad I did. Going out of your comfort zone can lead to some amazing new experiences and personal growth, which are important additions to the university experience. And thanks to the variety of opportunities available at Carleton, when I graduate I know I will have a collection of stories to tell that are all my own.