Laurentian University: Student life on campus

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An insider’s guide to the best place to live, campus food and more

Lacey Hambleton, 21
Simultaneous education and history

Lacey Hambleton (Courtesy of Lacey Hambleton)

Why did you choose Laurentian?
I had never heard of Laurentian when I encountered their booth at the Ontario Universities Fair in Toronto. After chatting with several students and professors for over an hour, I was sold. I was particularly drawn to the five-year concurrent education program; students complete a B.Ed. degree alongside a Bachelor of Arts or Science.

Describe some of your best experiences so far.
My most memorable college experience to date is the 2019 Laurentian Residence Baseball Tournament. This is an annual event where all levels of residence compete against each other. My floor lost every game we played! Nonetheless, we had a blast and are still laughing at our performance today. Another great experience was a course I took in Canadian history. Although my focus is still on becoming a teacher, this course helped me discover a passion for Canadian history and opened my mind to new possibilities for myself.

Do you participate in extracurricular activities?
I was part of the residence life team, got to know many freshmen and helped them adjust to university life. I also devoted time to Lambda, Laurentian’s English-language student newspaper (Laurentian is a bilingual university) and participated in multiple intramural sports.

What do you think of your teachers?
I cannot commend my teachers enough for their support, understanding and accessibility. There are always exceptions, but overall I have found that Laurentian professors are always responsive when students need help.

What do you think of the school administration?
Laurentian University’s administration has faced challenges over the past two years, but continues to provide students with appropriate guidance and support. While I can’t deny that our community suffered extreme losses last year (when Laurentian filed for creditor protection and had to close several programs), I want to reassure potential students that that our student body, staff, and administration are resilient and that our institution is on the mend.

What is life off campus like in Sudbury?
Sudbury’s most striking feature is its close relationship to the natural environment of northern Ontario. The city is home to a slew of trails, forests, and lakes, making it the perfect place for students to connect with the outdoors.

PROFILE: Laurentian University | Sudbury, Ont. | Founded in 1960

If I wrote the school motto: “Heart of the North”
Best place to live: University College Residence for freshmen; West residence for second year students
Best place to study: Third floor of the JN Desmarais Library
The best events on campus: All events organized in residence (Pizza Hut Prom, Sunday sports, Residence Formal, Airbandz, etc.)
Best kitchen on campus: Definitely the Pub Downunder
Best cheap lunch: Tea & Flowers
Best Pizza: APP Sudbury Club
Best place for a fancy dinner: MIC Canadian Eatery & Whiskey Pub or the Laughing Buddha
Best gift: The 12 days of SGA giveaways in December
The best bar to go out: The Coulson or the Nash
Best Live Music Venue: Little Montreal Bar & Restaurant
Best breakfast for hangovers: The big room
Best place for a nap: Brenda Wallace’s Reading Room
Best activity of the weekend: Skating on Lake Ramsey in winter; hang out at Laurentian’s private beach in the summer
The thing that surprised me the most about school: How close the Saint-Laurent community is. By the end of my freshman year, I knew just about everyone I met on campus!
If I could change one thing about school: No more tunnels to connect our buildings!

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