Vivek Prabhu, HUCSC President
Like many first year students, Vivek Prabhu left home to attend university. His home, however, is in Nova Scotia. Being so far from familiar settings posed unique challenges, but Vivek found that such a small community provided an easy transition.
“At first during Orientation Week it was kind of awkward since I didn’t know anybody at the school,” he says. “But because it’s such a small community and everybody is really nice and welcoming, I started getting to know people within a few hours.”
During his first year in residence, Vivek encountered Residence Life staff that provided support and answered questions when it came to getting involved in extracurriculars. Now the HUCSC President for 2012-13 and the former Head Soph at Huron, this early mentorship provided a foundation for active engagement. “This is a place that’s supportive about trying new things.”
For students considering joining clubs, applying to help with orientation, or pursue student government, Vivek offers nothing but positive encouragement. “I loved meeting new people and helping people out when it comes to their transition. It feels great to say that you helped provide support to somebody to grow into the person that they are, especially in university.”
Academically, Vivek began university in psychology, but after first year history, he found himself drawn to this discipline. Overall, however, the classroom environment at Huron is one that this 4th year student sums up in a word: supportive. Knowing your peers and your professors contributes to a collegial atmosphere. “People understand where you’re coming from academically and it just stimulates more discourse, which is a great thing in a post-secondary setting.”
He comments further, “You’re part of a community. You’re not a number and you’re not forgotten the moment you come here. That’s something all Huron students value, I think.”
With plans to eventually attend law school, but also a desire to gain additional international experience, Huron has reinforced a valuable lesson during Vivek’s time here. “I know that’s one thing that this school has instilled: it doesn’t have to by x-y-z, you can go different ways and experience new things and that’s okay, too.”