Welcome Future Laker Parents!
Getting involved on campus – discovering new passions and making a difference, is a great way to enhance your student’s academic experience. With 24 professional and Academic Organizations, 8 Greek Life Organizations, 18 Social Activity Clubs, 5 Governing Boards, and 2 Media Outlets, there is always something to do. Joining a club or organization, whether social or academic, will build upon leadership and teamwork skills and provide your child with various opportunities to network with students, faculty and professionals in their field of study.
Also available to students is the Norris Center , home to LSSU Athletics and Intramurals. The Student Activity Center (SAC) boasts of four multi-purpose courts, weight and aerobic equipment and a six-lane indoor track. If you’re looking to fuel the competitive spirit or just want to work off some stress, the intramural program includes the basics like basketball, volleyball and the not so basic like broomball and underwater hockey.
Make New Friends
Group of friends gather together in Brady Hall
Many students think that it’s easier to make friends at a big university, because there are so many more people to choose from. In fact, the opposite is true. Here at Lake State our Student Life staff is always working hard to provide diverse social opportunities.
Making new friends is an important part of college life. There are many opportunities to become acquainted with people: in class, in the dorms, in clubs and at work. We’ve created a list of ideas on creating relationships that maybe helpful for your child:
- Introduce yourself to those in your dorm and class
- Show up early for orientation.
- Attend parties, sports events and special gatherings where people socialize.
- Remain open to new cultures, ideas and values
- Invite people to join you for a bite to eat and a drink.
- Study in groups
- Reach out to others when they need help
- Join a student group or sports team
- Explore the Greek system
- Give people a second chance if they make a bad first impression.
- Let people open up to you slowly. Make sure you are not forcing yourself upon someone.
Lasting friendships are the best thing students can take with them besides their degree when leaving LSSU, so if your child makes the effort, they will be rewarded in the long run.
Recreation at LSSU and in the Soo
Being submersed in everyday college life can be trying even to the most dedicated of students. Here at Lake State we know that there are times that students need to relax and enjoy some time away from your studies. This is why we have available, on campus and around town, many recreational activities that give students the opportunities to refresh themselves.
The Norris Center is close and offers a great many activities that are available to students, such as the Student Activity Center (home to the intramural activities). The Center also has weight rooms, racquetball, basketball and volleyball courts as well as a pool and hockey arena.
Sault Ste. Marie is a natural beauty that begs to be explored. Across the river in Canada there is Hiawatha Provincial Park as well as the beautiful Agawa Canyon. Around town there are parks, trails and sight-seeing opportunities such as Monocle Lake, Point Iroquois Lighthouse and Tahquamenon Falls. Year round there are many things to do outdoors such as: hiking, biking, backpacking, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, fishing and hunting.
If outdoor, exertion activities are not your child's thing, they could take a Yoga class, join Pep Band, or join in one of the many student organizations that we have on campus. There are also many campus wide activities taking place year round, such as Great Lake State Weekend, Lakerpalooza and Winter Carnival. If creativity relaxes them, then they could take an Art class, host their own radio show, participate in campus performances at the new Fine Arts building or write for the Campus Newspaper.
LSSU offers recreational activities that exercise the mind, body and soul. Some require little or no commitment (working out in the gym or shooting some hoops down at the SAC), while others require a greater commitment (intramural sports and specialty clubs). If your child doesn't see something that they want to do, then have them gather some friends and create a club.
Student Life here at the University is what they make of it and there will always be someone around who will encourage, support and make sure that your child has an enjoyable, healthy and recreational experience while you study here.
Here are some links that may be of interest:
Questions? Contact Student Life