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Student Calling Team

SAIT's Student Calling Program (SCP) is a team of 30 students that connect with alumni over the phone to hear about their experience at SAIT, update them on current events and campus developments, answer questions, and seek financial support for SAIT and its students. Below are profiles of some of our current callers.

SAIT Student Caller: Kathleen Boniol

Kathleen Boniol
Hospitality Management,
2nd Year

Q. When did you first become involved with the SCP and why?

I was hired for the fall semester of 2016. I got involved with SCP because I figured it would be a good job for my schedule. I knew I was going to have a busy schedule this year, and I figured that a flexible job where I choose my days would be good for me.

Q. What is it like to work for the SCP?

It's fun! I've made a lot of friends from different programs - which doesn't happen often at school. It's a good, supportive environment to work in.

Q. What do you enjoy about connecting with alumni?

I really like hearing the stories that alumni have about their careers. I also like talking to alumni who had a great experience here at SAIT.

Q. What do you hope to do after graduation?

I'm finishing my degree at the University of Lethbridge for Business Management.

Q. What do you wish people knew about SAIT?

It's a great post-secondary institution that allows for hands-on learning experiences. It is also a great way to make friends in the industry you'll be working in. 

SAIT Student Caller: Lizly Cabezas

Lizly Cabezas
Bachelor of Applied Business Administration,
3rd Year

Q. When did you first become involved with the SCP and why?

The SCP was introduced to me as a great opportunity not just to find work, but also to enhance our communications skills and connect with people from SAIT. As a newcomer to Canada, that piqued my interest. 

Q. What is it like to work for the SCP?

At first I thought that it would be hard, strict and complicated. For the first two weeks, I got so nervous that every time I heard the phone ring, my throat went dry and it was hard to speak (especially when English is not my first language). Luckily, my teammates and especially my supervisors were very supportive. I'll forever treasure the opportunity to have worked in the SCP.

Q. What do you enjoy about connecting with alumni? 

I love asking alumni about their experiences and how SAIT has changed since they left. Hearing about how some alumni came from academic or financial struggle and triumphed during their time at SAIT makes me realize that all the hard work and sleepless nights I have today will pay off in the end.

Q. What do you hope to do after graduation?

After graduation, I am hoping to get work in my field of accounting. Also, since I love working in the SCP, I am hoping to still be a part of the team.

Q. What do you wish people knew about SAIT?

I wish people knew that SAIT is a very diverse place. It is not only a place of learning, but a place to grow as an individual. At SAIT, you'll have the chance to meet a lot of friendly people from all around the world. SAIT has the best location out of all the schools here in Calgary. The picturesque view of downtown - day or night - is under your nose wherever you are.

SAIT Student Caller: Nina Chaachouh

Nina Chaachouh
Business Admin,
3rd Year

Q. When did you first become involved with the SCP and why?

I first got involved with the SCP in September 2015. I had seen the ad on SAIT's website and heard about it from a friend. I thought it would be a great opportunity to expand my knowledge of SAIT while helping students.

Q. What is it like to work for the SCP?

Working for the SCP is very fulfilling. I enjoy the people I work with, the job that I do, and the purpose behind our calls.

Q. What do you enjoy about connecting with alumni?

I enjoy being able to hear about the experiences they had while they were students. It gives you an opportunity to see how SAIT has grown over 100 years.

Q. What do you hope to do after graduation?

I have many hopes for after I graduate. I want to gain industry experience - ideally with SAIT - as well as the external community. After some time in the field, I would like to open my own business.

Q. What do you wish people knew about SAIT?

I wish people didn't underestimate the value of the things taught here. SAIT is very practical and hands-on, offering a unique perspective of the work place. Despite the fact that it's a polytechnic, it opens students' minds to the "real world" and gives them a foot in the door.

SAIT Student Caller: Jocelyn Deo

Jocelyn Deo
Travel and Tourism,
2nd Year

Q. When did you first become involved with the SCP and why?

I got hired at the beginning of January 2016. I was looking for a part-time job at school or nearby to make it easier to balance my work schedule. When I heard about the SCP program and how it is actively involved within Alumni & Development in a charitable environment, I knew I wanted to work at SAIT.

Q. What is it like to work for the SCP?

Working with the SCP is like being with your second family. I love being a part of a great team that impacts students on a daily basis to support those in need. We all come from different nationalities, programs and backgrounds and bring a positive environment to work, knowing we all are students with similar goals.

Q. What do you enjoy about connecting with alumni?

I love hearing the stories and feedback that alumni give to students taking the course they graduated from. Many of our alumni received an award or fund when they were here, so it's a pleasure to hear that SAIT made a difference to them on a personal level.

Q. What do you hope to do after graduation?

I hope to be employed within the travel & tourism industry and be successful. I completed an internship last summer at Fairmont Banff Springs, and they want me to return. I have many opportunities ahead of me, and I hope my experience at SAIT helps me reach my goals just like many other students.

Q. What do you wish people knew about SAIT?

I wish people knew SAIT offers the experience of a lifetime. The education and hands-on training students receive here is very relevant to your success. There are many opportunities to learn and make industry connections at SAIT.

SAIT Student Caller: Andrea Juarez

Andrea Juarez
Journalism,
1st Year

Q. When did you first become involved with the SCP and why?

I got involved with the SCP in September 2016 because I wanted to get a job that would suit my schedule as a student. I heard about the SCP and what it does to help students, so I applied.

Q. What is it like to work for the SCP?

It is very rewarding because I have the opportunity to support not only myself, but also the students who need the most help.

Q. What do you enjoy about connecting with alumni? 

I enjoy hearing about their experience at SAIT, what they do after they graduate and if they're accomplishing their goals.

Q. What do you hope to do after graduation? 

I would like to work in my field as a journalist; writing for a magazine or freelancing.

Q. What do you wish people knew about SAIT? 

I wish more people knew that SAIT really does care about the well-being of their students.

SAIT Student Caller: Andrea Juarez

Mariana Kvedaras
Business Administration,
2nd Year

Q. When did you first become involved with the SCP and why?

I started in September 2015. I started working at SCP because I had friends who had worked there before, and had only positive things to say about the program and the environment. Also, it was very easy to go from school to work and it allowed me more time to do other activities.  

Q. What is it like to work for the SCP?

It's a very good environment to work in. SCP people are great, and they help you achieve your goals as well as the team's goals. The job is very challenging and rewarding at the same time, because you get to learn different things and gain new skill sets.  

Q. What do you enjoy about connecting with alumni? 

I really like hearing about alumni experiences at SAIT and how their education helps them in different aspects of their professional and personal lives. It's good to get advice from alumni who are always willing to help and give advice about student and post-graduation life. 

Q. What do you hope to do after graduation?

I hope to find a job in supply chain management and look forward to working and applying the education I have received at SAIT. 

Q. What do you wish people knew about SAIT?

I want people to know that SAIT is more than a post-secondary educational institute. It's a whole community of people working together to provide a unique educational experience that helps individuals reach their full academic potential, while encouraging ethical behavior. 

SAIT Student Caller: Polina Serebryakova

Polina Serebryakova
Business Admin,
3rd Year

Q. When did you first become involved with the SCP and why?

I first became involved with the program in my second semester of studies because I hoped it would give me the opportunity to hear about different career paths alumni took after successfully graduating from SAIT.

Q. What is it like to work for the SCP?

Working for the SCP is fun and rewarding. I get to communicate with classmates and students from other programs at work and share my experiences with them. I also get to communicate with alumni which gives me confidence in knowing that many people who have graduated from SAIT have found great jobs in Canada and overseas.

Q. What do you enjoy about connecting with alumni?

The best thing about connecting with alumni is getting to hear about their post-SAIT experience and how their lives have significantly changed after graduation. 

Q. What do you hope to do after graduation?

I am hoping to start working full-time in a non-profit organization while pursuing a master's degree online. 

Q. What do you wish people knew about SAIT?

I wish people knew that SAIT offers hands-on experience that employers around the world appreciate. It is the practical education and experience that attracts many companies nowadays as opposed to a more theoretical education sometimes taught at universities.