After his first year working as a live-in monitor in summer 2018, Simon was eager to return this summer.
“What I learned last year is that it’s more than being a monitor,” he says. “There are a lot more skills and things you learn about yourself and the people around you—you learn something new every day.” Simon has fostered his communication skills and learned how to be adaptable and malleable as a live-in monitor. “I learned how to be comfortable outside my comfort zone!” he says.
Simon has seen his hard work pay off in a variety of ways, including many students contacting him post-program for help with their university applications, and even seeing some of them on UBC campus in the years following the program. “It’s amazing to see how far they’ve come,” he says. For new live-in monitors, Simon says to be prepared to form meaningful connections with both staff and students: “Saying goodbye is one of the hardest things.” There’s always next year, Simon!
Best memory as a live-in monitor for Future Global Leaders 2019:
“Every day there is a new highlight because there are so many experiences that you get to go through, and so many students and staff that you get to interact with every day. It honestly just feels like a highlight reel, the whole six weeks. Especially when you compare it to school or another job, it’s just not the same.”