Get involved with Douglas College outside of the classroom

By Sarah Rossi, Marketing and Communications

College is about more than exams and textbooks. And no one can attest to that more than Douglas students Paula Mendoza and Helen Vu. Both students jumped headfirst into the college experience and invested time in volunteering, clubs and activities.

Find out why it’s worth getting involved at Douglas outside of your classroom below.

Helen Vu

Post-Degree Diploma in International Business Management

Involved in: International Student Office, Student Engagement, Douglas College Student Union (DSU), Latin Dance Club and the Douglas College Business and Commerce Association (DCBA)

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Helen Vu

 

Why did you decide to get involved in activities outside of class?

I came to Canada alone from Vietnam and I needed to make friends. I soon realized that the best way to make friends here is getting involved with social activities and volunteering.

How did getting involved impact your experience at the College?

It definitely help me make new friends. I met someone new every time I attended or volunteered for an event. It’s easier to talk to someone new when you’re all in the same place and working on a shared interest. I learned about the differences between Western and Eastern culture when organizing events, how to adapt to a new environment quickly, how to start up a conversation with new friends and the importance of being inclusive, respectful and responsible.

Advice for new students?

Take advantage of Douglas College services, including the Learning Centre, the library, Career Centre, International Students Office and the DSU.

 

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Paula Mendoza

Paula Mendoza

Bachelor of Arts in Applied Psychology

Involved in: Douglas College Business and Commerce Association (DCBA), International Office, Student Life, EDGE and athletics.

Why did you decide to get involved in activities outside of class?

Initially, I wanted to meet new people. I had come to Canada from Colombia and I felt lost on my first few days of classes. I had to get used to a new routine and start off my new life in a new country. That’s when I started to find chances to get involved and I realized I just need to take risks and participate in any opportunity open for students.

 

How did getting involved impact your experience at the College?

I found work opportunities on campus, I improved my communication skills and I was able to help other students, as well. Douglas has helped me to grow, both professionally and personally. Now, I consider Canada as home and I have met incredible mentors and friends who are always there to support me

Advice for new students?

Do not be scared to take risks and get out of your comfort zone. Exploring opportunities beyond classes on campus is the best decision I made.

How can you get involved?

Head to the Student Life website to learn more about how you can get oriented, healthy, involved, and gain experience! You’ll find information about new student programs, academic success, wellness, student leadership programs, employment opportunities, and campus events.

Your tuition fees include a membership to the College’s fitness centers at both the New Westminster and Coquitlam campuses.  Fitness classes such as yoga and pilates, zumba, core strength, and boot camp, are offered at both campuses. Hours can be found online [https://www.douglascollege.ca/student-life/get-healthy/fitness-class-schedule].

Douglas College Student Leadership and Peer Programs, as well as Student Union Clubs are a great way to get involved and include the Business Association, the Photography Club, the International Association, several dance clubs and many more. Get the complete list on the DSU website.

 

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