Hello! My name is Karen Ma and I am in my last year of the Concurrent Degree (Honours Science and Honours Psychology) program here at the University of Waterloo. After graduation, I want to do something in the mental health community, along the lines of counseling; or hopefully become a police officer.
Being a Library Ambassador is a lot of fun - and it is all thanks to you. Being in this position, I get to meet a lot of people I may not get to cross paths with: students from every faculty, from different levels of study (i.e. undergrad to post-doctorate), from different cities and countries! Also, as a Library Ambassador, we get to have the fun, the energy, and the enthusiasm from Orientation Week all term long! Personally, I wanted to become a Library Ambassador because I am passionate about student engagement and connecting people with the UWaterloo community. I have also been around campus for quite a long time, and thus have acquired a lot of tips, hacks, and knowledge that I enjoy sharing with my peers. Furthermore, I wanted to face my fears, learn about the library and develop comfort around it, so that it is not a daunting place anymore. I wanted to help others feel this way too.
Next week the Library Ambassadors will be conducting feedback sessions to get your opinions about the library and the services and events we offer. I hope I get to meet and chat with many of you, and address any questions, comments, or concerns you may have for the library. It is also a really easy way to get a discount coupon for the Waterloo Store! Around Halloween, Dennie (another Library Ambassador) and I, will be hosting a board games event/social. You can come out and play some board games from the library collection, enjoy some Halloween treats (of course), and destress from midterms, assignments, presentations, etc. Fun fact: you can borrow board games from the library for up to 3 days! Invite your friends over, host a party, make a night of it! We’re also going to feature an extremely cool handmade board game from the 1890s that the library’s Special Collections & Archives have graciously lent us.
So far, being a Library Ambassador has been a rewarding, educating experience; and I am very grateful for all the wonderful people that I have gotten to talk to and learn from. I think the Library Ambassador program is very important because it serves as a connector between the student body and the librarians and library services. We get to help you communicate what kind of changes and resources you’d like to see from the library; and on the other side, help you become more familiar with what the library offers – like about the Rare Books and Special Collections you read about above ;)!
That’s all for now, folks! I hope you have a great term, and don’t be shy to come say hi if you see me around campus! I’m always up for free hugs :)