Walking down the halls with me can be amusing. My hall walking conversations are punctuated, frequently, by my waving at people and saying "hey." I often get teased by my class mates that I know everyone at school; oddly, I rarely get asked why. The reason is my experience with Student Life.
Last year I volunteered as a Respect Rep, and I enjoyed it a lot. In all honesty, I started volunteering to build my resume, but I soon found many other benefits. I met people, and not just students. I met and interacted with custodial staff, faculty, and Student Life programmers, people that have always embodied the personality that we want to experience. These day to day interactions have helped me out in a lot of different ways. Sometimes when I was feeling down, I would get people coming up to me to have a conversation. These small interactions would be the points in my day that turned my outlook around. The experience volunteering was good enough that I thought it would be nice to work for the Student Life department the following year, so I applied and, thankfully, I got the job.
I started the 2012/13 school year as a Respect Leader. This has been the best job I've ever had. I get to work with a diverse group of like-minded people. It's amazing how the core ideas of respect are so cross cultural. This is a concept that people understand and appreciate. Often, I've seen amazing personal growth in people because they've understood that past behaviours were hurtful to others. There is little in life that is more satisfying than seeing someone grow as a person. That alone is why this job has been so amazing. I don't need to list all of the other ways that the job has contributed to my own personal growth, or how it has impacted how and what I want to do now and in the future. Thank you, Respect Reps and Student Life for being the difference to me.
- Jacob Tremaine
Health Informatics Management Student, Year One