UR Guarantee helps students make the most out of their university experience

Posted: July 7, 2016 6:00 a.m.

Lyndsey Chow is pursuing a Bachelor of Education as well as a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics.
Lyndsey Chow is pursuing a Bachelor of Education as well as a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics. Photo courtesy of UR Guarantee

Fourth year student Lindsey Chow has accomplished many things in her time at the University of Regina. But there have been some challenges along the way. Here is her story, in her words:

Getting started

I was nervous when I first decided to come to the University of Regina. I came here knowing almost no one, and I was unsure what to do with the freedom that comes with leaving home. The university helped me a lot in my transition. The ambassadors helped me move into residence on my first day in Regina, and there were a ton of icebreaker activities during welcome week to help me meet new people. During welcome week and orientation, I met some of my best friends, and my boyfriend of five years.

Making a difference

I am pursuing a Bachelor of Education as well as a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, and I knew since I was in my early teens that I wanted to be involved in teaching. My mother teaches middle years mathematics, and what inspired me to teach as well were the relationships she has developed with her students over the years. She does more than just teach the students, she mentors them and helps them grow from children to young adults. She has students from over twenty years ago coming to visit her and thank her for cheering them on when they did well and being tough when they needed a push. I want to be able to make a difference with the next generation as well.

Help from UR Guarantee

The UR Guarantee program has helped me throughout my degree, and I have attended a number of workshops through the program. Job Searching Now showed me how to navigate various employment opportunity websites, and through these websites, I found a number of part-time positions at the University to earn some extra money while attending classes. I worked in the Archer Library and as a tutor with the Academic Recovery Program, and those positions led to my current summer employment position. I also had my resume reviewed by my UR Guarantee advisor, and that had helped me in obtaining this employment. Overall, the UR Guarantee program helped me with finding my career direction and take steps towards it through work experience and career development sessions.

Learning to lead

Because I want to be involved in education, it is important that I gain leadership experience. With the Academic Recovery Program, I got the opportunity to lead groups of students in study sessions and to tutor them one-on one. I was also able to facilitate workshops to help students in areas like note taking, time management, study skills, and many more. Currently, one of my duties is to train the ambassadors, our student volunteers, and to make sure that they are trained and aware of our expectations.

My advice

To students who are new or thinking of coming to the U of R, get involved and sign up for the UR Guarantee Program! Attend events, volunteer, join a club, play intramurals or work on campus! By building those support networks early on, it becomes easy to meet people and discover resources on campus that will help you succeed. Even though I am in my final year of my education, I am still discovering what our university has to offer!

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