10Going to campus on a regular day at 9:30 in the morning is hard enough, try doing it during reading week! ARW project leaders, volunteers and staff members are making this happen as Alternative Reading Week 2015 starts tomorrow! After months of training, planning and coordinating with our community partners, I’m sure it’s safe to say that we all have the ARW jitters. So, what to expect? I asked Cythia about her expectations, feelings and thoughts about embarking on her first ARW experience. Here’s what she said:

“My name is Cynthia Selvanathan and this is my first year participating in the Alternative Reading Week Program. I sit here, with my laptop and a cup of coffee within arms reach, thinking about how big of an impact participating in outreach programs has had on me. Growing up, I’ve always been keen in using my knowledge to help others and giving back to the community. I can almost say that I am hit with a rush of adrenaline when given the chance to give back to a community that’s supported me throughout my life. It is quite disappointing to think about how little I have done in the past year to achieve this. When I first registered for ARW, I was both overly excited and slightly nervous about what to expect. This is my first ever community involvement since entering university. Prior to the orientation I was anxious about meeting so many new people at once, although I knew how ecstatic I was to get to know them also. Stepping into the auditorium filled with smiling, enthusiastic students made me realize how much more excited I am to participate in ARW than nervous. I wish to make a few long-lasting friendships and hope that over the course of these three days I would be able to speak to as many people from the community. I enter this program with little to no expectations, eager to make the most out of every opportunity that arises and cherish every moment of it.”

Thank you Cynthia for your contribution! We appreciate your enthusiasm about community engagement and open-mindedness! We wish you the best during your ARW experience! 🙂

Just a reminder that if you are taking photos of your projects to please ask for permission first before taking the photo/s. If you plan on posting it on social media, please use our hashtag, #ARW2015.

Thank you! See you all tomorrow morning! 🙂