Bam! Your first year is over in the blink of an eye.

In your first year at Carleton University, you’ll probably attend a few sporting events, experience community gatherings in residence, and make friendships that will last a lifetime. As the hustle and bustle of exam season slowly starts winding down, you’re faced with a big question: “What will I do next year?”

When you arrive at that question, consider the following: Do you like people? Do you like making a difference in the lives of others? And, most importantly, do you like having fun? If the answer is “yes,” then you should consider becoming a Carleton University Residence Fellow!

(To find out what I think about the residence life experience, and for an explanation of what a Residence Fellow is, read my blog post, “Living in Residence: The Experience of a Lifetime.”)

As a Residence Fellow, you help shape the experiences of new students at Carleton University. The training you receive from the professional Residence Life Staff helps to ensure that you are fully prepared to handle a variety of situations throughout the year. The skills you will learn in leadership, conflict resolution, difficult conversations, and teamwork will carry with you far beyond the reaches of university and into your careers.

One of my favourite parts of being a Residence Fellow is the people I mentor and work with. I can confidently say that the team of Residence Fellows I work with are among the most compassionate and supportive people I’ve ever known. As a Residence Fellow, you can also develop a fantastic relationship with your Residence Manager. Your Residence Manager will be there to support you every step of the way throughout the year. The students on your residence floor also contribute to this worthwhile experience. This year, I had over 60 students on my floor, and I can honestly say it was an absolute pleasure to work with them all. Though the Residence Fellow role is a leadership position, the students on my floor also helped me learn and grow a lot.

Applications to become a Residence Fellow open at the end of the Fall semester. For more information, I invite you to check out the Housing and Residence Life Services website!

As always, stay creative!