We are proud of our SLG alumni who are an inspiration for our current and prospective leaders.
Meet Ben Robinson, a 4th year UBC medical student and former UFV Biology major Chemistry minor student. Ben supported Chemistry 113/114 as an SLG leader for a year and the students absolutely loved his charm and innovative ideas.
Here is what Ben has to say: "I will always remember dealing with uncertainity of getting into medical school during my four years at UFV so I know how many students feel who or are going through the same path or another highly competitive field that requires good grades, and just as importantly, having good life experience and being well-rounded. For me, being an SLG leader played a huge role in the development of these attributes. The commitment of being an SLG leader seems to be excessive in the already busy lives of undergraduate students, but I found that the experience rather kept my mind sharper even in my own studies, especially if you are supporting a class relevant to your studies. Secondly, SLG allowed me to develop my public speaking and leadership skills, which were never my forte and are essential in the field of medicine. SLG leadership has helped me in many ways, not only in getting into medical school, but hopefully also being a good doctor".
We wish Ben all the best and know that he will one day be an incredible doctor!
Nik Venema completed his M.Sc. in Finance with Risk Management option at Simon Fraser University. Nik supported MATH 141 as an SLG leader in 2011. Nik was accepted into UFV Business School as sessional faculty to teach Finance.
In Nik's own words: " Since graduation from UFV, I have been fortunate to be able to maintain a connection by serving as a Director on the UFV Alumni Association Board. UFV in so many ways invested in my life and it's just a small token of appreciation to be able to serve the University at large and, most importantly, other students as they pursue their interests in both academics and leadership. Currently I have the privilege to work as a finance teaching assistant at Simon Fraser University for a favourite professor of mine who instructed me in several courses during my undergrad at UFV. Post graduation I plan maintaining my volunteer role as a Rope Rescue Technician with the Central Fraser Valley Search and Rescue Society and work in financial risk communication, mergers and acquisitions, security underwriting, or exotics pricing."
Nik believes that being an SLG leader gave him the confidence and the strenghts needed to go further in his career especially while working as a teaching assistant at SFU. The SLG team is proud of Nik and we wish him all the best.
This is Kim Fox our super woman accepting the 2013 Dean's Award from the Faculty of Health Sciences for her academic achievement and involvement in the school. Kim supported KPE 270 during 2012/2013 school year. We were sad to say goodbye to her but proud that she had been accepted to the University of Alberta to do her Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy.
Kim says that " The SLG opportunity enabled me to gain a deeper understanding of the material covered in one of the fundamental courses in the kinesiology program by attending the lectures again and discussing it with other students. I developed leadership skills through facilitating SLG sessions and improved my study skills as I prepared the material for each session. My involvement with SLG also enabled me to develop closer connections with the faculty in my department.The skills and connections I developed through SLG strengthened my grad school applications and helped me gain entrance into my desired program".
We are sure that the U of Alberta would gain a lot by having Kim as their student. Good luck Kim!
Kevin Janz is our upcoming doctor. He got accepted into UBC and is enoying his studies but still misses UFV and SLG. Kevin suppoprted KPE courses and was a leader and a mentor.
Angela was the most vibrant leader that I had ever seen. Always smiling! She is now following her dream to become a doctor. She travelled to Uganda, East Africa on a medical mission trip and since then this profession became her passion. She is currently at UBC, along with Kevin and feeling truly blessed. Angie wrote to us recently, "I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I have to do things that I learned to do in SLG…I’m so grateful! The other day I had to facilitate a discussion for a group that meets every wednesday afternoon, and afterwards my instructor/tutor told me that it was the best facilitating he had seen yet this term :) I definitely accredit that to SLG!"
We wish Angie all the best!