Peter F: “What is your official job description at Concordia?”
Brett F: “I am the Student Experience Advisor. My job is to work with students outside of the classroom. It involves a lot of work with the CSA, the Alumni Association, athletics, Career Services, the Development Department, Recruitment, and Student Life and Learning. I am in a unique situation because I work in a lot of different departments over the campus. My job is to make you happy on campus!”
PF: “How many years have you been at Concordia?”
BF: “I started as a student on January 2006, I graduated May 2010, and I’ve been working at Concordia ever since.”
PF: “What is your favorite part of your job?”
BF: “Watching students grow from their first year to their graduating year, and building relationships with them. I’m in a lucky situation, I get to be there from their orientation, on day one, and I get to watch them cross the stage during their convocation.”
PF: “What is your biggest pet peeve?”
BF: “Students saying that there is never anything going on at Concordia. I think it’s totally false, if the students want to know what is going on there’s places to look, the website, Facebook and all the social media, and the CSA has a giant calendar and they tell you about events . There’s always something going on. When people say that there is nothing to do, they need to actually open their eyes and push themselves to go. That’s a big pet peeve, and it’s a difficult part of my job to get students involved when they don’t hear about these events when they’ve been e-mailed or notified multiple times and they still don’t know about it.”
PF: “What is your favorite hobby or activity away from work?”
BF: “I like playing sports; I am the captain of a slow pitch team called “Big League Chew,” we play in the summers and there is actually some Concordia alumni’s on it. I also like fishing, relaxing, and going for bike rides in the river valley.
PF: “What can you tell us about yourself that most people would not know?”
BF: “A lot of people would not know that I went to school here, I’m from Saskatoon, I came to Concordia on a basketball scholarship, I came in the middle of the year, and I played two years for the Concordia Thunder. After my second year I decided to stop playing basketball to focus on my school work. During the first couple of weeks the next semester the drama professor, Caroline Howarth bumped into me on the pedway above Tegler, I was in her class two years prior and she always asked me to be in the school play, I couldn’t do it because of basketball, and I really didn’t want to memorize lines. I told her I’d come on one condition, I’d audition, but if I get in I want a small part, I don’t want a lot of lines. Auditions went great, and then in the next couple of days I went to check the posting and they gave me the male lead! I had the most male lines in the entire play! I absolutely loved it. the next year I did a one man show, it had about thirty-five pages of text that I had to memorize, and it had seven different characters. I’ve played Lady Macbeth before, the mom off of “Hairspray;” I’ve played a lot of different woman characters! Theatre interested me because of public speaking, it got me into MC’ing weddings, and I MC’d a lot of events around Concordia. People don’t really know my story of how I came to school here and I found out who I wanted to be.”
PF: “What is the most funny or strange thing you have seen on campus?”
BF: “When I was a student at Concordia, we had live animals in the science labs, and once we had a bat. The bat got let out and it was flying down the hallways from the science lab all the way to the cafeteria, and back and forth. All the girls and guys were screaming! I remember I grabbed a big box and I was trying to catch this bat as it was flying back and forth, eventually we caught it by chasing it back into the science lab. That was probably one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen on campus.”
PF: “What advice do you have for students entering their first year?”
BF: “Try new things, and don’t be afraid of failure. Students don’t always get involved, and just sit back and watch; you only have three to four years, and university flies by really fast, so you do not want to waste your time here. Every year matters; and the more you get involved, the better it’s going to be for the rest of your time.”
Thank you very much Brett for a fantastic interview, and great advice. I hope this article can show everyone what a fun, approachable and helpful individual you are.
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