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Meet your 2017- 2018 Guelph-Humber Academic Program Reps

by Miriam Mohamadi

Guelph-Humber Academic Program Representatives are here to make GH students’ voices heard!

The Guelph-Humber Academic Program Representatives (APR) have been selected for the 2017/18 school year to help Guelph-Humber students’ voices be heard. They’ll make sure that your concerns are brought up to the administration and that you’re getting the most out of your program.

Meet your 2017-2018 Guelph-Humber APR’s:

Amandeep Singh– Business

Amandeep Singh, Guelph-Humber Student Academic Program Representative for Business

What are you bringing to the table as an APR?

“As a returning APR, I will continue to  provide the value that I did last year and expand that. Dilshan and I are looking to communicate with students and understand what they want. We want to make it easy for students to be heard and that’s what we’re planning to do.”

Why did you want to become an APR?

“Last year, I liked seeing the changes brought to life and how it impacted students. It was an exciting feeling, and I liked helping students get what they wanted from the institution. I want to continue that this year.”

Favourite quote?

“Laugh as much as you breath and love as long as you live.”

Dilshan Jayasinghe– Business

Dilshan Jayasinghe, Guelph-Humber Student Academic Program Representative for Business

What are you going to bring to the table as an APR?

“I want to try and find a way to get more placement hours for students in the business program.  I’m hoping to add more hours so that students can get more of an experience before they graduate. Another thing I want to incorporate is getting a more international focused business course.

Why did you want to become an APR?

“I want to help the APR program become better, and not just for current students but also for future students.”

Favourite quote?

“It would be Dr. Emmette.L . Brown’s quote from Back to the Future that if you put your mind to it, you can accomplish anything.”

Ashleigh Pietrzyk– Psychology

Ashleigh Pietrzyk, Guelph-Humber Student Academic Program Representative for Psychology

What are you going to bring to the table as an APR?

“What I plan to do differently from last year is to keep students more in the loop, which was a little difficult last time. We reached out to a lot of students and got a lot of great feedback but trying to get that back to the students is going to be my number one priority.”

Why did you want to become an APR for the second time around?

“I wanted to reprise my role as an APR because I really care about our academics. I care about the quality of education we’re receiving. Because we’re paying for it I believe that we should have a say in how our education is mandated in how and what we’re being taught.

Favourite quote?

“Kid you’ll move mountains.”

Priscilla Chou– Psychology

Pricilla Chaw, Guelph-Humber Student Academic Program Representative for Psychology

What do you bring to the table as an APR?

“I’m really passionate about the psychology program. I want to get student feedback on what they enjoy and their suggestions, whether its about courses or placements and I’m hoping that I can make a difference.”

Why did you want to become an APR?

“I’ve had such a positive experience at Guelph-Humber and I really want to give back to my school and help improve it and the program as much as I can.”

Favourite quote?

“Everything happens for a reason.”

Madison Moroney– Early Childhood Studies

Madison Moroney, Guelph-Humber Student Academic Program Representative for Early Childhood Studies

What will you bring to the table as an APR?

“I want to be very open about how we’re gonna incorporate everyone, and make sure that all voices have a chance to be heard. I want find ways to make the program better and help fix any problems that arise.”

Why did you want to become an APR?

“I wanted to be involved. I heard about this role from someone who inspired me to get my feet into this and get this experience.”

Favourite quote?

“Everything happens for a reason.”

Rose Bonello– Early Childhood Studies

Rose Bonello, Guelph-Humber Student Academic Program Representative for Early Childhood Studies

What do you bring to the table as an APR?

“I’m hoping to be able to take everyones opinions and incorporate everyone’s thoughts into what we come out with; whether its something major or something minor. I’m here to help everyone that’s struggling in the program or to hear things on what we could do differently.”

Why did you want to become an APR?

“I wanted to be apart of IGNITE and help people to grow and learn new things about the school and to become more actively involved.”

Favourite quote?

“There was one by Hellen Keller and I don’t remember the exact quote but it was about how individually we can’t accomplish as much as when we work together and put our differences aside.”

Brooke Arruda- Family & Community Social Services

Brooke Arruda, Guelph-Humber Student Academic Program Representative for Family and Community Social Services

What do you bring to the table as an APR ?

“I want to bring a positive energy to making change happen. I want to bring a better understanding about what Guelph-Humber and its programs are about. Also, I want to give a voice to students.”

Why did you want to become an APR ?

“I liked that I would be involved in school. As a fourth year student there were a lot of things that I didn’t know were available to students so I want to be able to pass that info on to other students.”

Favourite quote?

“The best is yet to come!”

Dana Andersen– Family and Community Social Services

Dana Andersen, Guelph-Humber Student Academic Program Representative for Family and Community Social Services

What are you going to bring to the table as an APR?

“I worked in a group home for mentally ill adults for the last two years and I was always the younger one so I’m not intimidated by people that are older than me or that have more authority. I really tried to make sure that everyone felt valued and not controlled and I want to bring that here.”

Why did you want to become an APR?

“I regretted not getting involved in student council when I was in high school.I wanted to be involved and make sure that people knew me, and that I’m here to help everyone.”

 Favourite quote?

“It’s not really a quote but more of an idea. My mom is really in touch with herself and the universe and she has this belief that everything happens for a reason. She’ll write notes to herself thanking the universe because she believes that the universe does everything for a reason and I really love that idea.”

Maheen Nazim– Justice Studies

Maheen Nazim, Guelph-Humber Student Academic Program Representative for Justice Studies

What are you going to bring to the table as an APR?

“As an APR I really care about our students. I know what it feels like when the power is given to our professors and to administration (which is great they’re obviously there for a reason) but I know that I want to communicate to students, I’m comfortable coming up to you and talking to you. I’m on your side and thats who I’m gonna advocate for.”

Why did you want to become an APR?

“After I ran for Board of Directors and lost, I was lost and didn’t know what to do. Then I heard about APR and realized that I could make a direct change. So for me this was just a stepping stone where I could still help students do something about the problems in our program.”

Favourite quote?

“Don’t live an ordinary life, live an extraordinary one.”

 

Hira Zulfiqar– Justice Studies

Hira Zulfigar, Guelph-Humber Student Academic Program Representative for Justice Studies

What will you bring to the table as an APR?

“I’m going to focus on what the students feel about the courses. I know that there are certain courses that students wish were in first year instead of fourth year. I also want to have more agencies come to our placement classes so that students can learn more about the opportunities out there.”

Why did you want to become an APR?

“I’m passionate about bringing about change. As a program representative this is the best opportunity for me to not only interact with students but also bring some changes to courses that students are struggling with.”

Favourite quote?

“Kindness is a language the blind can see and the deaf can hear.”

Emmy Patterson– Kinesiology

Emmy Patterson, Guelph-Humber Student Academic Program Representative for Kinesiology

What will you bring to the table as an APR?

“I was one of the reps last year and I got to learn a lot about the processes that are involved in the curriculum meetings and really what my role was. Now that I had my feet wet with it I’m ready to dive in. My main goal this year is to improve some of the redundancies in the program and to continue to make the role more concrete since it’s newer.”

Why did you want to come back to this role?

“It was fun. I got to build a lot of really cool networks with people and this school just rocks. I think that this is the best school in world so I just want to be apart of it.”

Favourite quote?

“I say if your knees aren’t green by the end of the day you ought to seriously reexamine your life.”

Cassandara Holinaty -Kinesiology

Cassandra Holinaty, Guelph-Humber Student Academic Program Representative for Kinesiology

What will you bring to the table as an APR?

“I want to help people in my program understand what they can do. If they need help getting to where they want to be with they career I want to help that out.”

Why did you want to become an APR?

“I wanted to get involved in my school. Last year I was really intimidated to join something but I became really good friends with my FYE leader and she said that one of the best things you can do is to get involved. I want to get the best out of my school experience and learn more and make sure that my friends and classmates also get the best out of their experience.”

Favourite quote?

“I go within to never be without.”

Eva Osterlee– Media Studies

Eva Osterlee, Guelph-Humber Student Academic Program Representative for Media Studies

What will you bring to the table as an APR?

“I hope to meet with a variety of media students and get to hear their concerns about the program. I also want to bring in more relevant aspects to our program.”

Why did you want to become an APR?

“I really like to try and change communities.  I feel like in our last year its important to leave an impact so I want to do that.”

Favourite quote?

“Get busy living or get busy dying.”

Kendrick Tran– Media Studies

Kendrick Tran, Guelph-Humber Student Academic Program Representative for Media Studies

What will you bring to the table as an APR?

“I’m very approachable and as an APR I want people to not be scared to talk to me. I like to go and do things myself and be as helpful as I can.”

Why did you want to become an APR?

“I wanted to become an APR because I didn’t know how to get involved. When I heard about this opportunity I knew I had to jump on it. I like to help bring change to communities and am very involved in community work outside of school. Any way I can help students is something that I’m interested in.”

Favourite quote?

“No matter what.”


Your APR’s are here to make sure that you get the best out of your school experience this year. They’re on  your side!

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*These interviews have been edited for length and clarity.