After the swirl of chaos and midterms that is November, it’s time to finally settle down into December. It’s that time of year when you have a chance to take a deep breath, reflect on the past semester, and get ready to return home after exams.
So now what?
Now you get the chance to reflect on what you learned this semester. I’m not just talking about your courses and classes (though those are pretty important!), I’m talking about what you’ve learned during your first semester as a Ryerson student! You’ve learned about Toronto, you’ve learned what it is like to live with people on a floor or in a house, you’ve learned how to gather food for yourself, and you’ve learned more and more about the type of person you are.
University is a chance where you can learn so much about yourself. This isn’t high school 2.0, folks! There are so many ways for you to get involved in projects that really speak to you, so many ways for you to better yourself as a student, person, and member of our community. In other words: you get out of it what you put into it.
You can cruise through your time at Ryerson here and never get involved in anything. You can look at residence as just a place to live. Guess what? If you do, you’ll be missing out on so much. This is more than just a place to live, and more than just a school. It’s your community for the next four years (3.5 now!), and one which will be all the richer by your involvement in it.
That’s why I hope you will consider attending AMPED. It’s a great opportunity for you to get involved in your community, to learn more about yourself, and to just have a good time and meet new people! You have so many opportunities in residence; I hope you take advantage of as many as you can! I know I did, and I know I’m a better leader now because of it.
And now, just because, here is the Ryerson version of Gangnam Style!