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Sophia Ersil

FPA Ambassador

First Year, Public Affairs and Policy Management

Advice for Current and Future Students:

Put yourself out there and don’t be afraid to be yourself. I know that probably seems cliché but when you come to university you are surrounded by thousands of new people who you have never met, and it will stay that way if you don’t make an effort to meet them too. I met two of my best friends during Student Orientation Week because I complimented one of them on her shirt, because I had the same one. Since I wasn’t afraid to reach out, I was able to become friends with two amazing beautiful people who let me truly be myself and put up with my weirdness.
Another way to meet people is by joining at least one club in your first year or at some point during your degree. I tried out for the Carleton Ravens Swim Team and rediscovered my love of swimming, something which I had forgotten about. Through joining the swim team, my mental health was improved and I met a bunch of amazing individuals who I would not have met otherwise.
One important thing to note is that if you are yourself, you’ll meet people who like you for you. Not the version of yourself that you want to everyone to think you are. With this in mind, remember to keep a good social and academic balance because you came to university for academic reasons, but manage your time wisely and you’ll have enough time to have fun and study.
Coming to University can be a big adjustment from high school, but as long as you find a way to stay on top of everything, including doing your readings every week, you’ll find it is not as difficult as you thought it would be! When it comes to assignments, don’t forget to use your resources including professor and TA office hours, peers, PASS sessions and Writing Services to improve your writing and understand class concepts.

Fun Fact about Me:

I’ve been on 5 of the 7 continents.