Celebrating Student Success On and Off Campus
I believe that student leadership is an important platform, leadership experience in Fleming not only helps me to enhance my leadership skill at the same time it helps to build confidence and helps to make the best version of myself. Having experienced being involved in different international platforms, I know the value of leadership skills. I always look for such a platform where I can involve and showcase my skills. Luckily, Fleming is among the limited college that encourages and promote this side of student. I have realized that the college has provided this platform to showcase my leadership skills which are surely required for the future. Indeed, creating such a platform from college can be considered the biggest support in a student's life. Being an international student surely leadership experience allowed me to give exposure required for the future. It means that it helps to make myself motivated as a whole. I found that staff from Fleming is always motivated to acquire my leadership skills and to support to grab opportunities associated with it. Everyone from Fleming involved in this process was supportive and encouraging which surely help me to grow and learn more. Mainly for students like me, who are always interested to seek a platform to showcase their talent, skills, and involvement, the concept and platform provided by Fleming college hold significant importance to shape leadership skills and enhance the experience of the student. I am always thankful to Fleming for providing such a platform.
I surely want to do something good for society, no matter where I am. Being born as a human is a responsibility to do something for others rather than being self-centric, which never justifies humanity. It comes without saying that I want to be professionally successful as well and do better in my professional career. For both these plans, I have realized that leadership quality is vital. I am glad that I get to enhance my academic and leadership and other soft skills in Fleming. All thank Fleming for this student leadership experience which surely made me more confident regarding achieving my future goal. I want to continue my work in the future working for SDGs and youth empowerment which I have been doing since my high school days.
I strongly recommend a student to get involved on campus as to get such an opportunity to provide by Fleming. Thus, I highly encourage students to get involved on campus, as it not only helps you to develop your confidence at the same time it helps you to understand yourself as a person. I feel on-campus involvement can be considered an opportunity that makes you prepare for your future. I want to say that the importance of this involvement, which students will realize later and will thank themselves in every phase of their life for this.
Since my entire course was online, we as a student were missing out on a lot of experiences so as an international student, I wanted to grab every opportunity that came my way to learn more about the Canadian culture. Hence, I started applying for all sorts of activities SAC or Fleming Athletics came up with and taking part in various college events helped me learn more about the culture here. As a student I started sharing this information to my classmates and made sure even they don't miss out on these opportunities. And with time, I became the friendliest and most active guy in the class and brought my classmates for fun activities that they've been missing out on due to Online classes.
I don't look much further when it comes to the future, love to take it day by day as and what comes my way. But the goal is to keep trying out something new and learning new things and give back to the community in some way.
Keep engaging with any activities that SAC comes up with, keep trying out new things even if you know you won't be good at it. Reach out to your classmates, teachers or anyone if you need any help, that's how I made my friends. Just try to have fun as much as possible, campus life is for fun and making memories.
My student leadership experience at Fleming is that I'm always trying my best to help and motivate others to achieve their goals. I like seeing other succeed and be successful.
My future goal is to after I gradate from the PSW program which I'm currently in and then to hopefully bridge and get my RPN and work in a hospital setting.
One piece of advice I would give to students is to try and get out of your comfort zone, and just go for it. It's surprising what you can do once you get your mind set on it.
My student leadership experience at Fleming has been fun. I am apart of the PSW program and having work experience already I help other classmates to understand the course material in more detail.
My future goals are to get my RPN after finishing the PSW program. I would love to find work in the healthcare system in Peterborough.
One piece of advice is to just put yourself out there. Get to know people, be involved, and work towards your goals.
I encourage and support all of my fellow and future Fleming students with genuine care in regard to their own education. I lead by example and always demonstrate a positive outlook on situations and work with my Fleming peers to problem solve effectively and efficiently. The best leader is one who uses their strengths to make positive impacts on their community and uses every opportunity given to them to do better. I believe that I demonstrate this daily to my fellow and future Fleming students.
My goal is to continue supporting our communities inside and outside of Fleming college. By using my ongoing education, I support the youth community in many ways. By being there as a resource and a positive role model I have built many connections in our communities and will continue to do so in the future.
Do everything you possibly can. You only live once and you may never get the same opportunity again. Take the risk because it may be the one thing you remember for the rest of your life.
I constantly strive to be a better person and a better leader. In the Project Management program, I do my best to be active in class and outside of class. With the program delivery being fully online, it has been a great opportunity to learn how to lead online. I find that I have been able to help my peers from across the globe, whether it be providing insight about Fleming College and school in general, or to help keep our groups engaged and motivated to get the work done. I have learned how important it is to remain active while studying remotely, and if you are active remotely you will encourage others to be more open and active. I have truly valued working with peers from around the world and learning about their lives and I am inspired by how they attend class in the middle of the night sometimes.
Moving forward I have a goal to complete my CAPM exam and then in a few years finish my PMP certification. I am very honoured to work as a Project Manager for a local marketing company. Already working in my field is extremely rewarding and I am able to constantly apply what I learn in class to my work experience and vice versa. Working as a Project Manager I am able to help lead our teams to get tasks and projects completed. Outside of work, I have some goals to finish my Comp-Dev certification in the fall. Completing this certification will allow me to coach and manage Provincial Teams, and take them to Nationals. As the VP of Junior Development for Archery Ontario I continually strive to promote the sport to youth athletes, and aim to coach and help lead the path for them in the sport.
Be active, reach out to professors to see how you can become involved within your program. Reach out to SAC to see how you can become involved in student experiences. Attend events, whether online or in person, take in the experience and all the great things we as students have access to. If you feel that you would like to see more of something, whether it be events, or support, or anything, reach out to someone to see how you can make it happen. The entire faculty at Fleming are there to support students and their success, do not ever hesitate to reach out to others. Value your connections with both peers and faculty, experiences and opportunities will always arise, and you will find yourself walking into more and more opportunities as you advocate for yourself and increase connections within the campus.
I pride myself in my ability to be a strong leader to those around me. I have taken the initiative to be an active student within the School of Justice and Community Developpement by volunteering with orientation events and being available to new and future students in a law and justice program. I value the role that a student mentor can play in a new student's academic journey and I understand that now, more than ever, connecting with upper semester students is an essential component to the start of a student's journey here at Fleming. I have learned so much about how to be a leader for my school community through my position as a Student Ambassador with the recruitment department and was honoured to have been the selected student for this position when the college transitioned to the online format. I loved getting to meet the new students face-to-face during campus tours and at the Open House events, but it has been so rewarding to be a resource and a guiding source of encouragement for the incoming students during these challenging times.
As a graduate of the Paralegal program, I am preparing to write my licensing examination in July of 2021. This is a huge goal of mine and I look forward to achieving my paralegal license and to join my fellow students and faculty members in this honourable community. I plan to work towards gain experience in my field and to one day obtain a position as a paralegal advocating for others by offering legal services for provincial offences matters.
If I could give students' one piece of advice about getting involved on campus, I would say to value your connections and relationships with your faculty the same way that you do your peers. Your faculty are a strong network that will aid with your school community involvement, and as students at Fleming we are truly lucky to be taught by such great faculty members. Take them up on the opportunities that they offer you about school volunteering events! These events help broaden your network and most importantly, can help make a difference in someone else's life. Fleming truly is such a fun community to be involved in.
Playing the role as a Peer Mentor of the School of Community in Fleming College, my goal is to be a good role model who demonstrates and encourages participation in academic success, personal and professional growth and college life. Therefore, I was able to support and connect with peers from other programs, refer them to other college services, and share my real life experiences to help others succeed. Through encouragement and openness, I was communicating and guiding students to get needed supports. I was working with the Student Experiences Team to plan sessions and activities to help new students get off to a great start during the Orientation and other college’s virtual events..
In the role of a student assistant in the International Student Services department, I have been being a connector and supporter for international students, especially during the pandemic, I was hosting and participating in virtually social events for both international and domestic students, contributing to promote our multicultural community. Being a leader in these groups made me feel valuable, recognized and also enhanced my confidence and communication skills. When leading others, I gained trust and rapport, being more responsible, and was able to grow my strengths.
My future goals include self-development and career contribution. I noticed that I am having some personal areas needed to improve such as better managing time, being more flexible so I can become an effective role model for other students. Otherwise, as I will graduate in May, I hope that I will be able to apply leadership skills in college to my field to better serve the community as a Social Service Worker.
What is the one piece of advice you would give to students looking to get involved on campus?
My advice is to take as much as workshop and training events offering by Fleming College, because it is FREE! Not only helping you to improve your skills, broaden knowledge, these events also beneficial in expanding your social network, and make your resume look so much better with CCR (Co-curricular record). Getting involved in virtual social activities and volunteering also help you to strengthen your leadership skill.
During my time in the PSW program, there have been many issues and concerns caused by COVID-19 and the changing restrictions, lockdowns/shutdowns. When my peers are confused or concerned, I take the initiative to reach out to my teachers and faculty ot ask them questions and express my peers concerns. I was also the semester 1 Personal Support Worker student representative for the Program Advisory Counsel.
My future goals include completing my certificate, paying off my student loans by 2023, and continuing my education in the health care sector.
One piece of advice I would give to students would be: Do not be afraid to put yourself out there. It can be scary at first, but it just takes one burst of courage to get yourself out there. Just be yourself, you are amazing. No matter what
I am beyond grateful to receive the Fleming SAC Renie Steele Community Award. I am appreciative to know that the Fleming college community has given me the chance to represent my leadership ethnicism and to recognize my steps to be here. My leadership experience at Fleming college was helping fellow classmates achieve their common goals and help them be a part of new friendships. I tried my best to build relationships with classmates in my program to have a better experience as first year college students, as well to make group projects easier to approach because of the relationship that is being built and the trust that is being established. Even though it's been difficult year to find new friends due to covid 19 restrictions and through online formats, I still manage to incorporate enthusiasm, generosity and positivity when working with fellow peers. One way I try to stay interactive with my peers is using my social media to maintain connectedness. This helped each of us because we were able to ask each other questions on a topic or assignments or get together for a group project. I always have an open mind to group discussion and lending a helping hand when someone was confused on school related topics. throughout my first year at Fleming college, I encouraged others to not be afraid to speak up when they are feeling isolated, sad or frustrated of how things are going, it's important to know that there's a whole community out there to support each other through the difficult time we are going through. My future goals are to graduate from my program in Mental Health and Addiction work and Social Service Work so I can get a job where I will be helping individuals who are dealing with substance use and mental health issues. I would like to work with any age group because no matter what a person age is, they can still be affected by mental health and substance use issues. I hope when I work with individuals who are dealing
with these concerns, I can help improve their quality of life and support their independent living. For me as the worker I hope I can gain better insights as to how I can support individuals, families and communities who are affect by mental health and addictions issues. a piece of advice I would give to student who are looking to get involved on campus is reading the community emails delivered by Fleming, to look on the dashboard under upcoming events, as well to follow their social media to stay updated on new accountments. Getting involved on campus can help students meet new friends, engage with exciting activities and to get extra help on their well-being or schoolwork. Thank you for this astonishing opportunity, I will continue to display my leadership skills through any given moment I have with the Fleming college community and other communities.
I was taken aback when I was identified as a student leader, because I hadn't viewed myself that way. I am genuinely a very friendly, outspoken person so it worked out that in the online setting, I felt comfortable participating and looked forward to engaging with others. Initially, I thought that whoever nominated me mistook my talkative nature for genuine leadership skills. When I reflect over the least two semesters though, I can recognize some key moments when I did demonstrate leaderships that perhaps had an impact on my peers and faculty. After struggling to manage home life, school life and pandemic life in the first semester I reached out Fleming Student Life and accessed academic and counselling supports. This helped immensely and I attribute that to much of the success I have at Fleming. When peers shared that they were coping with similar struggles I was candid about what I had experienced and advocated time and again for the supports that helped me so meaningfully. In break out rooms and group chats, I noticed that some of my peers were reluctant to participate. When I noticed that happening, I worked to make space or to reach out privately to offer support in a one-on-one setting. If my peers expressed anxiety about tests or assignments, I was sure to connect with them and offer to study together over WebEx. There were also several instances where I became passionate about advocating for social justice issues during class or college events. In those moments I was able to incorporate my lived experiences, with the knowledge acquired from my program to share information in ways that made an impact on other students and faculty. When I look at the culmination of these things, I guess I can feel proud and understand why I may be perceived as a leader. Afterall, what is leader if not someone who takes care of their mental health and wellness, gets involved, shares space, creates space and advocates for more space when there is a deficit. If that's what a leader is, then I am excited to be in a program full of other emerging leaders. Maybe some aren't as loud as I am, but the value they have brought to my personal learning experience is immeasurable. I am humbled by accepting this honour, its one I share with all the students in programs who bravely chose to pursue a career in a helping profession during an unprecedentedly challenging time. Leadership isn't one person at the head of a line, it is a community that values the attributes of each of its members so they can all thrive.
One of the exciting things about the SSW Program is that each time I meet a new teacher or begin a new course, my goals evolve and develop. I am so excited for my future and I want to do so many things! I am optimistic that I can secure employment after completing placement and I would be particularly interested in working in the capacity of an Outreach Worker. While working, I hope to attend Trent University to earn my BSW so that I can peruse other avenues of social work. I have ambitions of creating an accessible resource to expressive arts therapy programming for marginalized populations who have experienced trauma. I imagine this existing in Peterborough and being adopted in other communities. I expect these goals to grow as I grow and change as I change. I have been told once or twice that I cannot be everything to all people, and I think that is only half true. I think I can be everything to me, and for me that looks like being a helper. I want to try to do that as many ways as I can, while I can.
I think a lot of students would love to be involved, but they are contending with barriers like social anxiety, time management, heavy course loads and the struggle with connection in an online environment. These are totally valid reasons to be struggling to participate. But they are not insurmountable. As a student at Fleming, you deserve to have a whole and complete college experience, whatever that looks like for you. For me, that looks like community building and sharing experiences with my peers. If going to things 'alone' in the online world is stopping you, then go with me! My name is Kristal, I love cats and cheese and I am socially awkward, and I snort when I laugh and now, I am your new friend.
If any of the other barriers I mentioned are familiar to you, I cannot recommend the resources available via Student Life on the My Campus Website enough. They offer everything from learning strategists to counselling, tutoring to financial support, all right there at your fingertips. I know for me; I was hesitant to access these supports because I felt like they weren't meant for me. I felt they were meant for someone who had a bigger struggle or was otherwise more deserving. Thats just not true. So, my one piece of advice is this; You are deserving. You don't have to struggle. You are valuable and your success is important. And every event at Fleming will be 100% improved by your presence.
I never thought that I could become a leader at first. But everyone here at Fleming saw something in me that took a long time for me to see. Becoming a leader has been one the most awarding experiences in life and am proud of what myself and my team has achieved over the last few years! This is all because the amazing role models I had here at Fleming.
I am looking forward to joining the workforce with my newfound leadership skills and making a difference in the world.
Don't be afraid to make mistakes! This is the time to learn from those mistakes in a safe environment and a few of those mistakes can become something amazing.
One of the things that I strive to do everyday while attending school is learning to be present, to be aware and attentive to our experience with people throughout the day. It’s the way you interact with people and seeing people for people, after all we are all humans.
My future goals involve learning as much as I can until I take on a leadership role. I want to travel the globe and connect with people, the land and the animals while it still lasts. Environmental awareness proves important for several reasons; it fosters a sense of connection to the natural world, promotes sustainable development and encourages conservation of irreplaceable natural resources, vulnerable plant and animal species.
My experience at Fleming College consists of more than just going to class and being present. It involves being engaged with fellow students and programs throughout the school. I encourage all students to take active part when you see your peers standing in the main foyer with a presentation. Go to the different departments in the school and volunteer your time. It’s a great way to meet people from all walks of life and to create the opportunity in networking and making lasting relationships. Get out of your comfort zone, don’t be afraid to try new things and talk to new people.
My leadership experience at Fleming College started by reading the posters and communications emails and poking my head through the doors that those opened up. I got a job at Students for Sustainability and was able to turn a project around removing invasive species into some grant funding from the WWF and the Office of Sustainability. From there I have tried to facilitate opportunities for my fellow students to get engaged with the initiatives involving the Seed Bank and native species restoration work that also counts towards the Co-Curricular Record. It has been an educationally enriching and most of all fun experience.
My ideal future livelihood would be designing and managing transitions between human activity and wilderness. What this could look like is restoring landscapes to native species compositions in critical habitat around waterways and wildlife habitat; then gradually moving into areas where humans would interact consistently and directly with nature through agro-forestry and medicinal herb patches; and completing a healthy, harmonious transition into areas with denser human populations. A practical example would be establishing ecologically sound and economically productive hedgerows and vegetation cover along creeks and farm fields, but the possibilities are near endless. I am sure I will be learning more in my second year and be able to narrow down the next steps from there.
My advice would simply be to follow your passion and find a way to express it. I have found the faculty and staff at the College incredibly helpful in this. If you don’t have an idea of where your passion lies try out
Returning to college as a mature student was a bit intimidating, however since day one I had made a connection with a peer mentor. That relationship helped me navigate this new experience, I had someone there to answer all my silly questions! Having that help, I knew second semester I had to return the favour… I wanted to ensure my peers could have that support as well. Through the peer mentorship program I made many new friendships, and built networks that I am grateful for. I believe the support I was given and the opportunity to give back was what made my academic semesters so amazing!
I feel my future goals have changed a bit with the scare of the virus. I plan on finishing my second placement and working in the field of Social service work and mental health and addiction, while furthering my education as I work. I feel my future goals have changed a bit with the scare of the virus. I plan on finishing my second placement and working in the field of Social service work and mental health and addiction, while furthering my education as I work.
Go to all the events, check out all the booths, add your email to everything… it doesn’t mean you will click with every group, but you will find the group, committee or cause that does interest you.. and from there you will have more to look forward to, build friendships and network and finish your semester with a sense of purpose or cause. Being involved at Fleming is what made my experience back at school an incredible one!!
My experience at Fleming as a student leader has been wonderful. It has taught me a lot of skills and has encouraged me to take part in activities and learn more. Every day was a new opportunity for me to become a better version of myself.
My future goals are, to be able to contribute as much as I can for the development of the institution and society. I am looking forward to conquering more challenges.
One piece of advice that I would like to give is, “don’t be scared to take an initiative” every member of SAC is really supportive and can really help one grow.
My experience in student leadership at Fleming has been nothing but remarkable. I have always been an introvert (and will probably be the rest of my life ) but working as a student leader has made me better at handling impromptu communication as well as being able to express myself better verbally in any setting. Every day that I worked at the kiosk I learnt a new facet of communication, be it cultural or individual.
My immediate goal is to complete my program in order to apply for a Master’s degree in Computational Physics. After that I would love to go into research and instruction of the same while I obtain my Doctorate.
My advice to anyone wanting to get more involved is – show up. That’s it. We always need help in form or another and there are times when a fellow student’s insight is exactly what is needed in a situation. Even if you think you wouldn’t be of any use, a lot of your peers are reassured when they see a familiar face who they can ask for help.