Environmental Science student Sofia blogs about getting involved on campus:

As a second year student halfway through my degree, I like to take time every so often to 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 can’t believe all the opportunities and adventures I have been able to experience at Carleton. I am thrilled to still have two more years of discovery, venturing outside of my comfort zone and learning ahead of me.

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 to any future Raven 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 studying for your degree.

Need some ideas? Personally, I play ringette, love going to the campus gym, and enjoy spending time with friends. Ottawa is a beautiful city that is full of trails, parks and the world’s longest 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 for you to explore and try new things.

Going outside of your comfort zone can lead to some amazing new experiences and personal growth; these experiences are important additions to the university experience. Thanks to the variety of opportunities available at Carleton, when I graduate I know I will have a collection of stories to tell about my incredible experiences of getting involved!