Seraphin Yip chose uLethbridge for its friendly atmosphere, location, and most of all, the abundance of opportunities available. After taking part in 'Student for a Day,' she knew she was in the right place.
I'd recommend co-op to any student in search of real-world experience—working full time in a setting where you're treated as a professional is an incredible opportunity.
Did you know what you wanted to study before you joined uLethbridge?
I've taken a twisty route in my educational journey—I started a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of Calgary before transferring to the University of Lethbridge to study drama and psychology. Now at uLethbridge, I am studying management and psychology. I'm exploring many possibilities, particularly in organizational psychology, event planning and marketing.
What kinds of experiential learning opportunities have you done outside the classroom?
This December, I finished my year-long co-op work term with the Faculty of Arts & Science as a digital content development student. For the last six weeks of my placement, I had the opportunity to pursue a project of my choice. The 'Student Guide to ULife,' is a guidebook made for students, by students, in hopes of bringing our campus, peers and Lethbridge community closer. I compiled advice and information for this guide directly from students through surveys and uLethbridge websites.
Co-op has made me a far better technological problem solver and communicator. I've also gained confidence in my writing skills and interviewing. At the beginning of the experience, I was nervous about picking up the phone and I would check my emails repeatedly before hitting send. Now, I reach out without hesitation. I'd recommend co-op to any student in search of real-world experience—working full time in a setting where you're treated as a professional is an incredible opportunity.
How do these experiences enhance or complement what you are doing in the classroom?
These experiences are a fantastic way to make friends and meet people, as well as give context to what you're learning in the classroom while (hopefully) having some fun! Finding ways to flesh out your degree are imperative for finding what you're truly interested in pursuing.
What didn't you know before coming here that would be helpful for an incoming student?
- If you are struggling, you aren't alone. There are so many supports available; be brave and ask for help.
- Don't be afraid to change direction. Do things that make you curious and that you can apply to your life.
- You are enough. Grades are important, but everyone has some figuring out to do in their first year. University is only one part of life, and you are immeasurably valuable just as you are.
Also, shameless promotion, keep your eyes open for the Student Guide to ULife, where I've compiled the advice of many knowledgeable students!