The Student Affairs team helps students with all aspects of their academic career, from residence to academic support and wellness counselling. In the second post in the series Emily Litster, The Spiritual and Student Development Advisor at St. Jerome’s, will be interviewed. Emily has been apart of the St. Jerome’s community for seven years as both a student and within this role.
Please describe your role and position at St. Jerome's University
My role at SJU is a really unique blend. I spend some of my time working in Campus Ministry, supporting our Worshipping Community with Sunday liturgies, and our awesome student team who plan meaningful spiritual programming. The rest of my time is spent working with the Assistant Activities Coordinator, and by extension, the Student Activities Team. This awesome group plans incredible events for students in our community. I get to work on lots of other cool projects with the Frost Leader team, the Green Team, and a bunch of other stuff in between. It's a dream job!
What is your favourite St. Jerome's Memory?
My favourite memory at SJU was my very first Coffee House during Orientation Week. After every performance, the entire audience stood and gave a standing ovation. It was such a cool experience - I've probably attended more than 20 Coffee Houses after that, but that first one was special.
What advice would you give to a first-year student who is coming to St. Jerome's in the fall?
Be fully present. Sometimes the busyness of life and all of the new shifts and transitions makes you want to be somewhere else - at home, back in high school, places that feel comfortable. Your first year at SJU will fly by, so be all there and experience each moment. It's unlike anything that you'll ever experience.
What advice do you have for graduating students as they finish up their degrees?
Graduation is the epitome of bitter-sweet. It's such an exciting celebration of the many accomplishments of your time at SJU and the University of Waterloo, but also a time to recognize that this large chapter of your life is coming to a close. Feel every emotion that comes with those celebrations and reflections - and know that your impact on our community has been abundant. We'll miss you and can't wait to cheer you on from the sidelines for whatever adventure comes next!
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