Hello there! My name is Seraphin, and I am a third-year co-op student at ULethbridge and the writer of the “Student Guide to ULife.” However, I certainly did not write this guide on my own! In fact, I collaborated with a fantastic group of students and recent graduates, and most of the content came from them.
My manager asked me to create a capstone project to finish the final semester of my 12-month co-op work term (more on co-op later in ULife Hack #7 Elevate Your Degree on page 42). When I reflected on my first days on campus, the idea for this guide came to me.
I transferred to the University of Lethbridge as a second-year student from a larger institution. Like many, I moved away from home for the first time. I didn’t have any friends in Lethbridge, but I arrived with high hopes for what was to come. However, once I arrived on campus, I had no idea what to type into my search bar to find the information I needed. I remember feeling overwhelmed by the amount of information coming at me from all sides.
The resources are available and ready for use, but there is so much information to digest. What I needed was a friend to point me in the right direction. This student-created guide is intended to be that friend. It will provide you with a number of useful resources and straightforward advice from your peers to help you navigate and get the most out of ULife. Use the guide as a ‘toolbox’ of knowledge, so you don’t have to go looking for information when the time comes.
Coming to ULethbridge, I discovered an amazing community with incredible supports and opportunities. Even with the best resources, I’ve learned that you can still have stressful or lonely experiences, and this is normal. I most certainly did! Recognize that you are not alone.
I hope this guide helps you feel more connected to your peers, campus, and the Lethbridge community. After all, that is the whole purpose of this guide!