Welcome to Concordia University of Edmonton. I am so pleased that you have elected to study at our amazing university. You have made the right decision.
You will always remember your first few days and weeks as a university student. When you look back you will think of this time as being fun and exciting as you make new friends, meet your professors, become involved in our range of extra-curricular student activities, and learn to navigate the life of a university student both on and off campus.
Many of you will also be a little nervous, wondering if you have what it takes to be a successful university student. Let me assure you that you most certainly do. Your success to this point, and the fact that you have admitted to CUE, tells me that you will continue to be successful. You will find your classes to be challenging but engaging, and our faculty and staff are here to work with you and support you every step of the way. We are successful when you are successful.
I encourage you to participate in as many aspects of campus life as your time and energy will allow. Your studies are your highest priority, but there is also scope to involve yourself in athletics, musical groups, drama, wellness activities, special research seminars, student government, and a wide range of student clubs, including our Model UN Club, which is hosting a very important international conference in Banff this November. You might also want to consider spending a semester studying overseas at one of our over 50 international partner institutions. Concordia is overflowing with opportunities for those who want to make the most of their time at university.
I look forward to meeting each of you this year. I am frequently out of my office and walking around campus, so please feel free to approach me and introduce yourself. We might even be able to find some time to chat over coffee.
Wishing you every success,