My time here at Ryerson has revolved around many extra curricular activities that have introduced me to tons of great people. These groups have helped give me a well-rounded experience during my four years, and I wouldn’t be the same without them. This post aims to highlight one group in particular: The Vietnamese Student Association at Ryerson (VSAR).
VSAR aims to introduce and incorporate the Vietnamese culture into everyday life by building an open community for everyone to enjoy. From Pho nights to Lunar New Year festivities, VSAR has opened their door to the Ryerson community in hopes of spreading and teaching the Vietnamese culture to anyone willing to come and learn.
VSAR has been my home for three years where I have been their head of graphic communications, vice president events and their culture jam dance coordinator. Here are some really awesome things that I’ve gotten the opportunity to participate in:
I got to flex my graphic design skills and make a new logo for them (this was back in first year, I’ve gained a bit more skill since). I got to make their banner too!
I got to dance in the Ryerson Student’s Union Annual Culture Jam three times! Culture Jam is a performance that all Ryerson Culture Groups are invited to participate in. Each group does a 3-5 minute performance that showcases their culture and shares it with the community. Last year we won an award for best stage presence with a group of 19 people! Fun side note: I even got to dance at 6ix Fest.
I also got to participate in Ignite! Ignite is a yearly competition that all Vietnamese Student Associations from across the province go to and compete against each other for prizes (and bragging rights).
The best part of joining VSAR was 100% the people I met along the way. Each person has helped me grow in some capacity as the years have gone by and I am extremely grateful for everything they’ve done for me. I’ve met people from culture groups across campus and am so lucky to say that we are friends now and probably will be for a long time.
VSAR is open to membership from anyone, even if you aren’t Vietnamese (I’m not). We welcome you to join us and would love to see you come out to some of our events when you’re here at Ryerson. If VSAR isn’t up your alley, no problem. There are tons of other culture groups for you to join and take part in. These include but are certainly not limited to the South Asian Alliance, the Pakistani Student’s Association, the Polish Student’s Association, the Students Speaking Russian Association, the Filipino Canadian Student’s Association, the Chinese Student’s Association, the East African Student’s Association, the Indian Student’s Association and many more. If you can’t find one that you identify with, no problem! You can apply to create your own and serve as a home to many new students to come.