Guyanese student Shivanie Mangal, 24, is the recipient of this year’s international student campus life award at Humber College.
Mangal, who is a third year honours student in the bachelor of commerce international business program at the Lakeshore campus, says she is surprised she won the award.
“My motivation for doing all I do on campus isn’t to get an award. It’s for my personal growth and to also give back to the Humber community,” Mangal says. “Winning this award made me feel great but it also validated my experience here at Humber.”
The international student campus life award goes to a full-time student enrolled in the Business School who carries a full course load of courses and participates in student activities. Mangal received a $4,000 cheque and a certificate.
Mangal heads the international business club, volunteers for the campus walk, peer mentoring, and the first-year experience programs. She is also works front desk for the Student Success and Engagement office in room A168 at the Lakeshore campus and is the Lakeshore campus facilitator for the Transitioning and Advising program, a program for students who are the first of their family to go to college.
And Mangal maintains an honours GPA.
Lakeshore campus student life coordinator Amber O’Connor says Mangal is dedicated to helping students.
“She is extremely engaged with her community and constantly goes above and beyond in her various roles on campus in order to give students the best student life experience. It has been a pleasure to work with her and observe her dedication to this college community. I cannot image a more deserving candidate,” O’Connor says.
Mangal says she plans to run for a position with the Humber Student Federation.
She says the joy she gets from all of her activities keeps her motivated
“There are times that I question all I do, but it’s my passion that makes it more manageable and fun. I have an HSF agenda which I use frequently so that I can stay on top of things,” Mangal says.
Mangal’s advice to students is to go beyond the classroom experience and get involved in activities on campus.