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Symposium Story: Josh MacMillan

Attended Symposium 2013
Student at University of Waterloo


Unless You Have A Really Good Excuse…

I think September is a great time of year. As a student, I see it as a fresh start. You have a chance to make new resolutions – no more late nights, following the perfect study routine, waking up before 9 a.m., actually attending the meetings of that club you always sign up for term after term but have never attended a meeting… the list goes on.

It’s also a great time to make one simple resolution, one that you won’t regret, only takes one weekend of your time, and will likely not interfere with your studies. You know what I’m talking about. Attend the NCLN Symposium.

Why should you go?

Because it will help you. Guaranteed. I join in with the chorus of testimonies already given about how the Symposium is helpful for preparing you adequately for the road ahead. It helped me, and I am sure it will do the same for you.

For me, the Symposium was critical to the honing of my leadership skills. Not only do excellent presenters give you essential information you need to be an informed leader, they give you the tools to continue the process of your development as a leader over time. In addition, you are able to meet countless amazing individuals from across Canada with whom you can discuss strategies of campus activism. Finally, the Symposium puts you in touch with pro-life leaders from across the country who make it their life’s work to spread the pro-life message, and whom are valuable resources to any pro-lifer.

Looking back to 2012, in my second year of University, I was handed the reins to University of Waterloo Students for Life. I remember that I was excited, but I can’t deny being nervous. Being a leader of a club is no small task.

I had been invited to the Symposium. My friends who attended in the past said it would be a great experience, and that I should go, but I brushed off the advice and figured that it could wait until next year. Besides, I had other plans for that weekend. I would figure things out for myself over the year. So I declined.

How wrong could I have been!

That year, at a seemingly benign event to us, we had a major altercation with rowdy members of the pro-choice community, and managed to set in motion precedents within the University that we still feel the effects from today. Handled differently, with the knowledge and preparation gained from the Symposium, I like to think that things would be much better for us now.

Therefore, I can’t stress more how important it is to attend. Don’t make the mistake I did and wait an entire year to get the critical training you need now. Plan to have the weekend off. Register with NCLN. Don’t procrastinate. Make it happen. You won’t regret it.

For Life,
Josh MacMillan, Co-President of University of Waterloo Students for Life


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