Sameeksha NairComputer science major Sameeksha Nair is one of 160 residence students honoured at a reception Friday for their top academic performance.

Reception recognizes residence student achievements

A record 160 students were honoured during the 10th annual residence celebration of academic achievement, Friday in Vanier Hall. The event recognizes residence students who earn a cumulative average of A- or higher, or at least B+ for those holding leadership positions.

“We treat residence as more than just a place to live,” Diane Rawlings, head of the residence services department, told the students and officials gathered for the ceremony. “It’s a space where we encourage personal growth outside of the classroom, which can lead to academic success.”

She said that the transition can be difficult for many students, and that is compounded for those far from their families.

“We put a great effort into ensuring students living on campus are connected to resources and services to support you,” Rawlings said.

Iris Asserlind, a first-year student majoring in sociology and communications, is one of the honours students who received a certificate of achievement and a Lancer scarf at the reception. She said living in residence helped her find success in her studies.

“You’re close to classes and just a few minutes from the library,” said the native of Surrey, B.C. “I’m really enjoying what I’m studying so it doesn’t feel like a chore.”

First-year computer science student Sameeksha Nair said the invitation to Friday’s event came as a surprise.

“I put my time in; I worked hard,” said the Mac Hall resident, originally from Chennai, India. “I didn’t really expect to get anything, so this show of appreciation really makes me feel good.”