When Katrina Lat came to Huron, she was following the advice of her father, a Huron alumnus. Once here, this 3rd year MOS student has made the most of her time at university through a variety of extracurricular involvements. For Lat, “The more you put into university, the more you’ll get out of it, definitely.”
Initially, Lat found the change from high school to university not without some homesickness, but quickly discovered that extracurricular involvements helped ease the transition. Lat’s participation in numerous activities helped her to meet a variety of people and ensure that her university life began smoothly. Passionate about her chosen discipline, Lat has also participated in the main campus club, Western Apprentice, a group that participates in business case study competitions with other institutions. “It’s just proof that even though you’re at Huron, you can make use and take advantage of the clubs and resources over at Western.”
Most exciting, however, was winning this year's Nestea Challenge, a national business competition Lat entered with fellow students Tyler Rochwerg and John Glynn. Challenges were designed to test teams' creativity and social media savvy. The trio's efforts were rewarded with summer internships and a year's tuition.
When looking at case studies in the classroom, Lat has found the small class sizes conducive to effective learning. For this business student, there is increased “incentive to pay attention and stay focused with what’s going on. At the same time, because they are small class sizes, you feel more involved and there’s more participation.” In addition, the intimacy of the classrooms conveys a sense of comfort among students that extends beyond the classroom. “It’s nice because I feel like I get to know my fellow peers more,” Lat observes. “I see them in the hallway, I see them in residence, I see them in classrooms; I see them so often and on a daily basis that it’s just easier to create a connection with them.”With an interest in media and marketing, Lat hopes to maintain her extracurricular involvements and pursue courses in an array of disciplines. For this active member of the Huron student body, what sets this institution apart is the social atmosphere. “Everyone here is just so welcoming and it’s so easy to get involved. You walk around the corner and you see someone you know and you start up a conversation. It's an amazing experience.”
"The more you put into university, the more you'll get out of it."