Advice, tips and well wishes were the order of the day as MacEwan President Deborah Saucier, Minister of Advanced Education Marlin Schmidt and other university representatives (including more than 70 student volunteers) offered a warm welcome to our newest group of first-year students.
“We want you to have a great experience here, and we also recognize that learning can be hard – that you’ll sometimes feel pressure and be anxious about your future,” said Lynn Wells, associate vice-president, Students, who is also a self-described MacEwan mom (her son and daughter both attend MacEwan). “It’s why we’ve designed this university to make our students feel included and engaged. If you have questions, reach out. If you don’t know, ask. We want to help.”
Before students split off into their faculties and disciplines to prepare for the first day of classes on September 10, they also had the opportunity to hear from local actor and entrepreneur Jesse Lipscombe. Co-founder of the #MakeItAwkward anti-discrimination campaign, Jesse shared personal stories and spoke about what can be achieved through acceptance.
"My only hope is that the students realize how powerful they are and that their future, whatever it is, is in their hands and they need only move to create their dreams," he said.
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