2014Apr 7

A Final Frosh Perspective

By Blog Contributor: Matt Sallows

froshAs the cold winter starts to fade, and the new days of spring and summer are, hopefully, just ahead, we find ourselves noticing a craving for summer vacation, and a break that is much needed and very much deserved. Final exams have started and once again, we face the stress that comes with being a responsible university student as we go over notes and prepare for our final goodbye to being a first year SPAD student. Students are busy studying and the stress is starting to take its toll with long nights and early mornings. As the daylight hours get longer, they get even longer for us SPAD students as we prepare to complete our first year of university.

Now that April has started, we have a chance to reflect on how great a year we had as SPAD students. There were so many great events, and fun times that we had with our new found best friends. The SPAD family continues to get tighter and tighter as we move past our first year. This year’s highlights included watching the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics and the Canadian mens hockey team striving for a golden repeat, with us SPAD students, and especially me, so amped on what these Olympics have had to offer. Who knew you could watch and learn everything about the function of the Olympics at the same time as we completed our Olympic Bid Projects. This program has taught me many things about sport and how its run, but I must say that working on our Olympic project when the Olympics had just been played was pretty cool.

It was about 8 months ago when I made my first step into the SPAD family. I was nervous at first, wondering if I would fit in, if I would like it, and if I would have fun. When I arrived at Laurentian, there was this huge abundance of people who helped me to get by bearings and I met some of the most exceptional people that I have ever met who have become great friends. This program’s social fabric could thrive on friendliness alone. That friendliness and charisma has rubbed off on me and my fellow SPAD frosh. We are now integrated fully into a fantastic program; we live and breathe SPAD, and it’s now in our blood. It’s amazing to think that in the world that we live in today that you could meet such amazing people in such a short amount of time.

Now, as first year ends and second year begins would like to send a shout out to all the prospective SPAD frosh out there: if opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door. You never know when the opportunity of a life time will be right in front of you and if you are not looking, you may never notice them. From my experience over this past year, those knocks don’t come unless you do everything you can to build yourself up to be the best person you can be. Never let your confidence crumble and if you fall down or don’t do as well in a class that you would have liked, get back up, and try again. The SPAD family will support you and you’ll be surprised at what you can achieve with concentrated study time and a little hard work. Also, my advice to the frosh of 2014 would be to get involved whether its student council or attending Rez, SPAD or floor events. This is a great way to meet people.

I cannot say enough about this program. University is a completely different experience than high school and the program is both interesting and challenging. I absolutely loved my first year at Laurentian University and I am a proud member of SPAD. I am sad to be leaving in a few weeks for the summer vacation but the experiences and friendships we have all made will last a lifetime and plans are already underway for many of us to meet throughout the summer.

Here’s to second year!

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