I found that Explorations allowed me to connect with both my professors and peers. Being a first year student at university can often be overwhelming but Explorations provided a setting in which I was comfortable to ask questions if I was unsure, giving an excellent introduction to the expectations of university. My Explorations professors were always very available for extra help and it made me feel comfortable to speak with other professors in their office hours as well. The professors I had are now great resources when I need a reference as I was able to get to know them through the small class sizes offered in Explorations. The closest friends I made in my first year were also in Explorations -- it was great to be able to connect to other students so easily through small classes. Although I already had an idea of my interest in international studies, Explorations provided an excellent base for the arts and social sciences and it would be extremely beneficial for students less sure of an intended major.
I am currently entering my second year at SFU and am planning an international studies major specializing in conflict and security studies with a potential political science minor. I am also participating in the Co-op program here at SFU and planning to partake in my first placement in the Summer of 2012. Eventually I would like to work with an international organization, as I am very interested in humanitarian intervention. I have had experience volunteering with both the Red Cross and event planning to raise money for Free The Children. In high school I was the leader of the Global Issues club and this is how I came to be so sure that I would enjoy studying international issues. I am currently looking to get involved with Schools Building Schools, a charity that is now beginning an SFU branch.
Stacey Bryant, Explorations 2010/2011
BA Candidate, International Studies Major & Political Science Minor