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My Summer at SFU~

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Stephen Ouellette

on 30 July 2015

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My Summer at SFU~
Overall, my camp experience was amazing, I could even consider it being one of my best summers ever. At first, getting to the university itself via multiple buses and skytrains was troublesome, but I got used to it quick, and started to enjoy the quit rides on the skytrain. If I could, I would definitely attend this program again as a highschool student, as I feel it's a very unique and enjoyable program in which I wish everyone could attend and participate in what we all got to do, but next year sadly i'll be going to be going into Grade 12, and will start having to plan my life on ahead from there. I would defenitely recommend this program to others, especially Aboriginal students, as I feel it's something you'll always look back on and keep memories of all the enjoyable activities and people we met. My favorite activity throughout the whole camp would have to be when we went on a fieldtrip to UBC and the MOA, as I've never been to the MOA since I was very young, so it was cool to re-live that experience. I've met a lot of cool people here, and this is the first time I've ever been with a large group of Aborginal students, for at my school there aren't many students of Aboriginal Heritage, atleast not in the same grade, so I felt very connected and accepted by everyone else.
My name is Stephen Ouellette, I am Métis Filipino. Im currently Grade 11 going into Grade 12 at North Surrey Secondary School. I've never really been connected to my Aboriginal Heritage or community at all throughout my life, so one of the reasons I decided to take this program was for this reason, to try and get more connected to my heritage, and also get more information about Aboriginal Culture as a whole, which I feel like I've did, and will continue to do so even after this camp ends. Recently, I went to a festival called the Fusion Festival, which is a free multicultural event in Holland Park. Inside the festival, it has a bunch of tents with all the different kinds of cultures in which you can visit them and get information, some tents even sell food and clothing. They also have bands playing at the festival aswell. There is also a parade sort of event that happens when a few representatives from each culture hold their flag and sign with their culture name on it, and march around the park. I found it very eye appealing, I then noticed there were a few people holding the Métis sign, and I was caught by surprise because I didn't think they would be there.

Janelle Dobson
Janelle Dobson's presentation and story about the issues she had when she was younger and all the obstacles she had to overcome because she was Aboriginal was a very touching story to me and made me realize a lot of things I didn't know about before. Since I didn't really know anything about Aboriginal history or culture before I came to this camp, when she spilled out her story to us I was caught by surprise, and made me realize that life for Aboriginal people was never the easiest till not too long ago.

Surprisingly, I really enjoyed both of these classes here at SFU. I've never really been a Math or English person throughout my years of going to school, nor did I really have any interest for these subjects. Going into this camp, I thought it would be difficult and that I wouldn't really enjoy my time during these classes, but I was wrong. It was the complete opposite of how I pictured the classes would be. Jordan and Carley were awesome, and always asked you if you needed help, which I feel teachers in our own schools don't do enough of. They also encouraged you to ask for help if you didn't understand something, and even if you didn't get it right away, they kept on explaining it, sometimes even in more than one way, until you finally got it. I felt like they actually wanted us to learn and understand what they were teaching us, which made the classes uttermost enjoyable. My favorite part about our Math class were the word problem worksheets, in which people would give the most strange, weird, and bizarre answers to sometimes such a simple problem with a simple answer. We would always do them near the end of class, so it would always leave people laughing with smiles on their face. My favourite activity we did in our English class was the poem exercise were we had to keep adding something on to someones poem, and how someone randomly added something about a potato flying around the room and Chuck Norris.
Education/Career Goals
Going into the camp, I already had my career and where I wanted to go already planned out, which was to go to post-secondary at Douglas College in New Westminster, and eventually be able to apply to become part of the RCMP, so none of the activites really shaped my education or career goals here at camp. At my school, I have an Aboriginal youth helper; Darlene Heath, who always helps me out with lots of stuff such as information to help me with my future, such as programs or volunteer opportunities that are similar to the field of work I want to go into. I also have a counsellor at school that helps and recommends me with post-secondary options, and the requirements to get in, tuition, ect. At the camp itself, I didn't really notice anything that helped myself with my career or eductation goals, but Im sure for some of you it did. The only thing I can think of is the "SFU Bridging Program" presentation we listened to yesturday, which I just thought was really cool and interesting, because I never knew they offered that here at SFU.
About Myself and Connections to Aboriginal Community
Math and English
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