Meet Alex Burgess…
Hometown: Calgary, AB
Best piece of advice for incoming students:
Don’t be afraid to take risks. It’s cliché but you will learn more about yourself by pushing your personal boundaries and putting yourself in unique situations. Remember to keep your head up, look around and enjoy the moment. Don’t simply go through the motions of university life; embrace it and shape it to become whatever you want it to be.
Favourite space on campus:
I love being outside, so when I’m not tucked away studying I can be found on the fields playing a pick-up game of soccer with my friends and passer-bys. It’s an excellent way to spend an hour socializing, exercising, and having fun, which refreshes my mind and helps me stay focused for the remainder of the day.
Fondest UofC memory:
Two years at the U of C has created lots of memories for me and it was very difficult to select just one to share, but here it is. It was my first year and I was in a room with about 19 other peers, all of us donning our white lab coats and blue gloves. The room was a bit chilly but brightly lit, and a strong odor hung in the room. Within my hands I was carefully holding a preserved human heart for the first time. I know many people probably wouldn’t describe that memory as being “fond” however I still think of that moment as incredible. To be able to hold a human heart is cool in itself (in my opinion), but to do so for a first year class? That’s simply unheard of. We are very fortunate at the U of C to have many resources within our grasps as students. I encourage you to take advantage of them to improve your learning experience and find your passion.
Why Alex loves OWEEK!
The people and the energy!! Everyone has been saying it and it’s true: you get to meet tons of new faces! The people I met during my orientation have become really good friends. Last year my OL partner served as a mentor for me and she also became a friend. Not to mention all of the other OLs and TLs that are wonderful and amazing in their own unique ways! During OWeek, you will be surrounded by hundreds of individuals in the same boat as you, so don’t be afraid to strike up a conversation (tip: ask questions – people love to talk about themselves). The amount of energy and enthusiasm that OLs and TLs bring to OWeek is something I had never witnessed before and I guarantee you will be blown away. To summarize OWeek: you will lose your voice cheering, you will get loads of free stuff (including food), you will learn about your program, you will navigate campus, you will hear of the legend that is BSD, and you might see me running around in a cape…again.