In February I interviewed Dr. Barbara Van Ignen, her advice to students was “Academics of course are important, but so are the co-curricular things. So get involved to get the most out of your university experience.”
In March I interviewed Dr. Matthew Unger, his advice was to “Perpetually keep an open mind to the ideas you are reading, people you are talking with, and teachers you have during school; understand you can never exhaust any idea or perspective. Also understand that if you feel like you are a beginner in your first year, this is a good feeling and something you should never let go of – after 15 years of post-secondary education I still feel like a beginner and am always learning from my teaching and discussions with students.”
In April I spoke with student-extraordinaire, Kelsea Gillespie. Kelsea’s advice was “Don’t be afraid of getting involved in school, I believe that my extra curricular activities have enriched my experience so much that I honestly would not have gotten the same educational value from my time here at Concordia if I did not participate in those things.”
To start the school year in September, I spoke with our very own Editor-in-Chief here at The Bolt Kayle Sieben, his advice came from a very special person, Kayle quoted our Mayor, Don Iveson, who said “focus as much on your studies as your extra curricular activities, I think that’s very important because you can really drown yourself in school work, or get caught up in hanging out with your friends every single day. I think it’s important to find a balance between the two, and really excel in both areas, and learn and grow as a person.”
In October I had a conversation with Andrew Sterne, the director of security and custodial services. Mr. Sterne’s advice to students regarding safety was to “Trust your intuition, and this is not just on campus but in your everyday life, if intuitively you sense that something is not right, you’re probably correct. It’s not always about your own safety, sometimes you might be observing a friend who is having difficulties in life, you might think that something is not right, trust your intuition. And if you’re uncomfortable to support that friend yourself, then get help. One of the things we have here at Concordia is a behavioural support intervention team. That team’s purpose is to intervene when people have troubling behaviours, it’s for the well being of the campus as a whole, but also for the individual.”
Finally, in November, I got to speak with Dan Mirau, the library directory of Concordia. The advice Mr. Mirau gave me was a reminder that he would “like all of the students to know how much support that we do offer at the integrated service desk here at the library. We try to send out information that may be helpful as the term progresses, we might do that through email, or Facebook, or through our Twitter page, we also have a Tumblr page and a Pinterest account. If all else fails they can come in, they can phone, use the chat on the library website, text us, or monitor the social media channels and hopefully we can connect at the right points in time. I like believe that everybody here on the library staff is very friendly and also approachable.”
Thank you, Dr. Van Ignen, Dr. Unger, Kelsea, Kayle, Mr. Sterne, and Mr. Mirau for your fantastic advice in 2015. As the calendar switches to 2016, I hope all you readers will remember the wisdom that they shared.
If you would like to read the full interviews I had with these awesome individuals, as well as interviews I’ve had with even more special people, feel free to visit theboltnews.com, as we do an excellent job of archiving each previous edition of The Bolt. And be sure to look forward to the next interviews that I have in store for you in 2016!