Written by: Angela Mott
I’ll be honest and say that for the first two years of my undergrad here at Brock, I did the bare minimum to get by academically.
Luckily, I understood the course material and enjoyed most of the readings, and got through with decent marks, as a local part-time student who had no interest in the extracurricular activities on or off campus. I coasted through the beginning of my undergrad, barely noticing the people I shared the space with, or anything else happening on or around Brock’s campus.
What I started to notice was that by giving the bare minimum to Brock, I was in engaged in an adverse reciprocal relationship with the university. It may be a cliché, but it’s true – you really do get what you give.
It’s up to you, the individual student, what you take away from Brock when you leave here after convocation. If I had stayed in my comfortable bubble of the first couple of years of my undergrad, I would have been one of those who maybe felt like they received an over-priced four year extension of public school.
As I enter my fourth and final year of my undergrad, I look back and see the stark contrast between my second and third years, and it all happened because of the simplest change in my behavior. I got involved – involved with my peers, my academic program, and the Brock community. I opened up to those surrounding me, and began trying new things, pushing my boundaries, and finally popped that insulating bubble that I had lived in for so long.
By opening up my mind to the endless possibilities that were offered to me at Brock, my education began to mean so much more than marks. It wasn’t all about lectures and labs and seminars; it was about the people within these classrooms and hallways, the experiences we could share, and learning in a more holistic fashion. I transitioned from a part-time student to a full-time student and employee at Brock within a year just by getting involved.
I am now proud to be a Badger. Trust me – it is never too late to start. A small step can lead to big changes.