Name: Natalie Zammit
Program: Business Administration
What are some tips that you wish you knew before coming to Laurier that enhanced your first-year experience that you can share for incoming students?
The number one thing I was told about coming to university was to get involved, and I have. But what everyone forgets to mention, is that the more involved you are, the more complex your schedule becomes, and it can spiral out of control very quickly. When getting involved, you need to keep an organized agenda, and you need to find what kind of planners work best for you. I personally use 3 different types of agendas. Find a way that works for you before coming to university, and be willing to adjust it once you’re here. Another tip is to plan your budget, and spending allowance before coming to school. Walking by the bookstore and the Hawk Shop, because let’s face it, we rock the purple and gold gear, but you’re going to run out of money quickly. But if you’re ever stressing, or need advice about being organized, budgeting, whatever it may be, talk to your Don! They are super helpful.
How do you relieve your stress during midterms and final exams?
I am a very athletic person, so personally, I have a hard time sitting and studying for long periods of time. I try to take every opportunity to study outside, hit the gym or go for a run between study sessions. It is really important to do whatever it takes to relieve stress. I know that at the end of the day, I cannot focus on my studies, then I know that I’d done studying for the night.
How has your experience at Laurier been up to this point in time?
My Laurier experience has been incredible so far. Academically, I love a majority of my professors. You can tell that each and every prof cares about the subject they are teaching, and goes and beyond to make sure that we are understanding the material. They are accommodating and very welcoming during office hours for questions. Outside of Academics, I am a part of the Women’s Varsity Lacrosse Team, the Director of Engagements for Laurier Consulting Club, a member of Foot Patrol, and in the Business & Economics Residence Learning Community, so I definitely keep busy… all the time. Being a part of all these activities has allowed be to engage in so many of my favorite things, and make friends in so many of these communities.
If you had a whole day to do whatever you wanted, and there was no budget what would you do?
If I could do anything, I would round up all my ski and snowboard friends, find a Jet to New Zealand, buy a house in the mountains and never come back. We would all gear up and get some rad gitch, and spend the entire day ripping the slopes at Cardrona and Mount Olympus in NZ. It would be the most incredible time of my life.
What has been the most life-changing experience you’ve ever had?
My most life-changing experience was my recent 2 month backing trip in Europe. I toured 4 countries: Malta (where I’m from), Germany, Austria and France. It was my first time in Europe and an amazing opportunity. I learned so much about my own country, Malta, and spent so much time exploring all over the island, which was an incredible opportunity. I spent a lot of time in Germany because I have family there, and we went on numerous adventures. My favorite places that I visited while I was in Europe were the Louvre in Paris, and climbing the Alps in Germany and crossing the border into Austria at the top. This experience helped me prepare for university because I was living on my own for a long time away from my family, so I had the opportunity to grow so much and increase my independence.
What is your Favorite food?
My favorite foods are sweet potato fries, and Pillsbury chocolate chip cookies. I could eat them all day every day, without regret.
What was your most embarrassing moment?
My most embarrassing moment was running the bleachers after practice this season, and tripping… and falling down some stairs… in front of a team that was practicing and they all turned to look. Thankfully, I recovered from that fairly quickly, and kept running.
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