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The first thing you should know about me is: I am a people person! I like pretty much anything that involves interacting with others – playing board games, meeting new people, and volunteering. I also enjoy outdoor activities – biking, camping, hiking, and stargazing. Believe it or not, I don’t like candy, but I absolutely LOVE coffee – the mocha from the Odyssey cafe is a favourite of mine! So, if ever you want to cheer me up, one of those and an oatmeal cookie will do the trick. Last, but definitely not least, I am a great listener. If you need a listening ear and someone to help you figure things out, I’m your gal!
My time here at SAIT has equipped me with much knowledge, especially as it relates to the academic process. One of the best pieces of advice I’ve ever received is to always, no matter what, have three mentors by your side throughout life: one being an experienced mentor, a futuristic mentor, and lastly a generational mentor. Should you need an experienced mentor, I’d love to lend a hand to help you navigate whatever life throws your way.
Speaking of life… it’s insane how fast it flies by. I think back to 2014, when I first came to SAIT, and oh how the times have changed! I was so scared of the unexpected, but now,
I don’t mind uncertainty because I have learned that sometimes, you just can’t plan for things. When that happens, you just have to know how to respond and adapt. Since I have been at SAIT, I have changed – for the better, of course. SAIT and my Students’ Association, Saitsa, has helped shape me into the amazing woman I am today. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without the support of SAIT faculty and Saitsa staff by my side. In my role as VP Academic, I’d like to help you in your journey to become the best possible version of yourself!
My role is centred around being your academic advocate. What does that look like, you might ask?
• I can clarify and/or explain applicable and relevant SAIT academic policies and procedures.
• I can communicate with SAIT about irrelevant and/or out of date academic policies and procedures.
• I can help you find the appropriate internal SAIT contact to support your needs.
• I can actively listen to your academic concerns and support you by offering general guidance/specific solutions,
For some of us, there might be those days when your academic concerns seem too hard to tackle and that might make you not want to get up and go to class. What helped me through all the ups and downs was finding something that motivated me to get up each morning. For me, this is my passion for student advocacy and helping people through complex situations within SAIT and the community. I thrive on making a positive impact! So, as I approach another year as your Saitsa VP Academic, I want you to keep in mind that I am here for you. Should you have any kind of academic concern – big or small, don’t be afraid to reach out to me.
Vice President Academic firstname.lastname@example.org