I’m currently the President of the Arts and Humanities Students’ Council, where I work with a fantastic team of 45 students to put on events for Arts and Humanities students and the greater campus community. The AHSC also acts as an academic resource for students, so we put on a number of essay-writing and peer review study sessions throughout the year.
During my third year, I was the VP Communications for the AHSC and co-president of a community service group on campus, Rotaract Western. Rotaract finds many volunteer opportunities for students with London organizations and runs many of its own events, such as a camp for kids with Juvenile Diabetes and a tutoring program at a local elementary school. I’m also a past coordinator and participant of this program, which was a very rewarding experience.
In the summer between second and third year, I was the recipient of an EXPLORE! Bursary, which allowed me to study at Western’s French Immersion school in Trois-Pistoles, Québec. This was an amazing five weeks, as I got to improve my French, earn a credit towards my degree, and enjoy and participate in Québécois culture. I also met many wonderful people, some of which I’m still in close contact with. I would highly recommend the experience!
In my first year, I lived in Saugeen and was floor president for 8 Low. I got involved with the Arts and Humanities Students’ Council at the end of first year, and it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made (second only to my decision to come to Western!). I became friends with many people on my floor, and many of us are still friends now. We enjoy reminiscing about all of adventures from first year whenever we get together!
As my time at Western comes to a close, I am so happy that I chose to come here. The sense of community and school spirit here cannot be matched, and that’s why I consider Western my second home. As you read this, you may be considering coming to Western, and if you are, I cannot encourage you more strongly to come visit our beautiful campus to meet current students and faculty and to find out more about what our great school has to offer you. The possibilities are endless. And if you’re a current Western student or a Western alumna, well, you already know what I’m talking about. I’ll let the Western song sum up my thoughts on Western:
White and purple colours are
Worn by all who know
Just which college is the best.
Sarah Emms is in her fourth year at Western and is studying Honours English and French Language and Literature.