Featured Newsletter - September

We Never Stop Growing 

By Louis Nguyen 

My plan going into UTM was to obtain my commerce degree to become an accountant, but I ended up completing my degree with an entirely different goal in mind—to go into student affairs.

UTM offers endless opportunities to get involved. By the end of my second year, I knew I wanted to find something that would allow me to meet new people, give back to the community, and make a difference on campus. It wasn’t until I saw that the Centre for Student Engagement (CSE) was hiring for LAUNCH Leaders that I knew it would be the perfect opportunity for me to begin my growth. With all the new challenges (academically, socially, etc.) that first year poses, going through it alone can seem like an impossibly daunting task. This is what drew me to LAUNCH as I could understand why it is so important. It's a program that allows first year students to have a mentor in this new environment where they are introduced to a variety of new experiences. 

I always considered myself to be a shy and quiet person in high school, but once I got into university, I broke out of my shell and quickly became passionate about my ability to grow as a leader and as a mentor. Being a LAUNCH Leader allowed me to move out of my comfort zone as well as acknowledge my own potential to be a leader, and I quickly became conscious of the various ways I could positively impact other students. A part of my role was to deliver engaging weekly sessions for first year students and be their mentor—something I never imagined myself being capable of! I didn’t know what to expect during the LAUNCH internship, but I never could have imagined how big of an impact it would have on my life.

Working with CSE ended up changing my career goals and my perspective on university as a whole. The opportunity to interact with and meet so many students (for example, through LAUNCH or working at O-Week) truly excited me and from these experiences, I knew that I wanted to continue helping other students unlock their true potential. I am a strong believer in mentorship and the impact it can have. This was when I found out that there is an entire field of careers dedicated to helping students. This ultimately led me to change my career path to pursue a career within student affairs.  

Throughout my time at CSE, I eventually took on more leadership roles, such as being a LAUNCH Team Leader and the New Student Outreach Leader. These new positions allowed me to gain so many valuable skills, including project management, time management, public speaking, and leadership skills, which I believe are all transferrable to everything that you do.

Being a part of the Centre for Student Engagement has truly been one of the best experiences I have ever been involved with. CSE has prepared me for my future professional roles, and as I embark on a new journey in my new role as a Student Recruitment Officer, I will always cherish the amazing long-lasting memories I have made. I am thankful for all the wonderful people who have supported me and helped me enhance my educational experience.