Random Act of Kindness Day: Spreading kindness on campus

Student volunteers in the Bridge to Academic Success in English (BASE) program bring more kindness to campus

By Taylor Legere

University Communications

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Four waterloo students stand in front of kindness kiddie pool and sign that reads "Make a new friend"Student volunteers from the Bridge to Academic Success in English (BASE) program will be spreading kindness across campus on Friday, November 3rd for National Random Act of Kindness Day. Activities will take place in Student Life Centre Great Hall from 10:30am to 1:30pm.

The event will include a kindness photo station, adult colouring pages, a thank you card station, and a kindness kiddie pool.

“Helping with Random Act of Kindness Day gives me a chance to make people feel good about themselves,” says BASE engineering student Shuoyang Ma. “It also allows me to feel useful and feel that I have accomplished something.”

The BASE program helps students improve reading, writing, and oral English skills in a university setting while working towards their Waterloo degree. Ma will be participating in BASE for eight months before beginning studies in nanotechnology engineering.

“The BASE program gives me many opportunities to improve my English and academic skills and also build volunteer experience,” says Ma. “We are a community together and we help each other, and I think that is a big advantage whenever you volunteer.” 

This will be the second year in a row that the English language foundation program, offered through Renison University College at the University of Waterloo, will be encouraging students to build leadership and language skills through promoting kindness in the community.

On the topic of the best ways to spread kindness, Ma says, “When you take the time and really ask someone how their day is, it can make a big difference for someone. The small things make a difference.”

To find out more information about BASE’s involvement with Random Act of Kindness Day check out their event page.