By Estelle Hemmann and Victor Yin. Photos by Victor Yin.
Cold, misty days and grey, clouded skies equate to students in need of a distraction… what better diversion than to explore the campus of Simon Fraser University? On Friday, November 25th, French Immersion students from the Grade 11 cohort spent an afternoon up at the Simon Fraser University Burnaby campus, accompanied by French Immersion teachers M. Lee and Mme. Simian. They all gathered and wound their way around campus to eventually meet and be welcomed at a large, scholarly building: the SFU Office of Francophone and Francophile Affairs. They received a warm welcome by Anne Marie Gagné, coordinator of French programs who ushered them graciously into the building. Alpha alumni Hamish Clinton, currently a first-year student at SFU, dropped by to give a brief presentation on the French program offerings and to answer any questions.
Gagné then led a tour on foot of the campus, pointing out notable attractions and explaining the student life at SFU. Walking across the campus, the students stared in awe at all of the different structures around them, as well as the architecture and makeup of the campus. Impressive and well-designed indeed! For example, the campus was designed to be walkable and accessible without the need for automobiles within the university. Various artistic structures are scattered across the campus- keep your eyes peeled next time you visit! The day concluded with a small gift bag as a parting gift. With university applications in the near future, being able to personally experience the many campuses is a good way to determine which one is right for you!