Next we're heading to meet Julian. Julian recently graduated from Miami with a bachelor's degree in psychology. He's going to tell us how joining student organizations helped him meet new people, develop leadership skills, and give back to his community. Over to you, Julian.
Thanks, Alex. I'm a recent Miami University grad who's had the opportunity to experience some of the wonderful things that university has to offer. I came to campus after feeling just how much Miami valued students diverse experiences. And from the first time I walked up to the red brick buildings, I felt a sense of warmth and acceptance that I felt I had no other university. This feeling of belonging and inclusion was further solidified through programs and organizations like bridges, a program for students of diverse experiences and Miami My Place of program for first generation college students. These programs allowed me to form relationships with faculty members, and make lifelong friends all of which truly helped me find my place here. Through university sponsored resources like Mega fair and the hub, I was able to find other organizations like Four Paws for Ability and Big Brother Big Sister, where I could go out to the local community and help children, who may possibly come to campus one day. One of my most impactful experiences, however, was when I had the opportunity to join the Miami University Hawks Peer Health Educators. The Hawks are a wonderful group of student employees who are focused on providing their fellow students tips on how to live healthy lives. In the organization, I was able to join like minded individuals to reach 1000s of students, achieving rewarding results and tangible change. I had the opportunity to represent this group at national conferences, where I can interact with members from other universities, while also getting important skills like public speaking, networking, program development facilitation, leadership skills, and so much more. At times, when I may needed an encouragement boost or advice, I asked faculty mentors within the organization, who were always there to guide and root in my success. This, however, is just one of the endless ways that Miami supports our students outside the classroom. These unique experiences provided by Miami have allowed me to grow as a student, a leader, and a person, overall, prepare me for future success in any endeavor. Thank you for listening to my story. So what's next Alex?
Thank you, Julian. It sounds like your extracurriculars provided that sense of fit that's so important to the college experience. With more than 600 student organizations to choose from. It's easy for Miami students to find their place. The added benefit of gaining leadership skills and giving back is just awesome. Thanks again, Julian. Great job.