I'm Hannah Sesink, and I’m in my 4A term studying for a Joint Honours in Recreation and Leisure Studies and Social Development Studies (SDS)!
When I arrived at Waterloo, my passion for community pushed me to seek out new opportunities and get involved from the very beginning. I started out as a Renison Ambassador in my first year, a Renison Don in my second, and a SDS Peer Leader in my third. More recently, I have worked with the Federation of Students (Feds) as a Welcome Week Coordinator, FOC (Federation Orientation Committee) member, and Warrior Tribe Coordinator. I currently sit on Feds’ Board of Directors and the University’s Senate.
Being involved in student life has been the highlight of my experience at Waterloo. I’ve met amazing people, gained new skills and experiences, and have met friends that have carried on beyond volunteering, while also gaining a professional network. My favourite experience of all was working with Warrior Tribe, building a community of Warriors across campus and spreading black and gold pride wherever, and whenever, I could. I had the opportunity to develop Warrior Tribe into a functioning organization on campus with an internal structure, a new fan zone at varsity games called the Warrior Tribe Zone, and an Orientation Team to help spread Warrior pride from the moment our new students arrive on campus.
The amazing thing about Waterloo is that there are so many unique ways to get involved. Looking for a one-day commitment? Check out the Canada Day opportunities on Leads. Want to get involved, but don’t have experience? Take a Student Leadership Program workshop to develop your skills! Looking to explore your leadership abilities and develop these skills? Apply for an Executive position with a Feds Service (applications open in mid-June; keep an eye on Leads)! Want something fun, but less of a time commitment? Feds has over 300 clubs you can get involved in! If you don’t see a club you would enjoy, you can also apply to start a new club! Be sure to keep an eye on Leads, Feds.ca, and your faculty’s webpage or communication tools for exciting new opportunities. And don’t forget to visit the Student Life Centre during the first couple weeks of the term for the Campus Life Fair and Clubs and Societies Day to learn more about how to get involved at Waterloo!