🎉Volunteers of the Week🎉

Rachael Grothe
Rachael Grothe

for their article: Local LGBTQ+ small business owner remains hopeful during pride month pandemic slump

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I love volunteering for The Gauntlet because it makes me feel closer to my community. I moved here from the U.S. 6 years ago and I fell in love with the city and university. It’s an honor to spotlight the magic of this place in my articles!

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I’ve recently started volunteering with The Gauntlet and what’s been amazing is how much I’ve learned with just my first article! I hope to contribute many more stories in the future

Enobong Ukpong
Enobong Ukpong

for their article: On the Bright Side: New Super-Earth discovered

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I enjoy the ability to research and be involved in things that are beyond my comfort zone. I get to write about topics I never would've thought of in an encouraging, judgement-free space, and I get the opportunity to have my voice heard. It's very rewarding!

Sophia Lopez
Sophia Lopez

for their article: Stay connected through UCalgaryTogether

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What I enjoy most about volunteering for The Gauntlet is being able to freely express my opinion in an environment where I feel supported. I'm given the ability to bring up topics of importance and inform the rest of my school community on them, and it's very rewarding. I'm so grateful to be a part of such a diverse community!

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What I like most about writing for The Gauntlet is using the platform to benefit others, and putting the writing skills I’ve been learning since childhood into practice. I also love the freedom that it gives me to express my opinion on various issues, and bring forward ideas that I think are worthy of further discussion and examination. The degrees that I am doing Anthro and International Relations have made many social justice issues a key concern of mine, and I can’t wait to contribute more articles to The Gauntlet in the future!

Manahil Hassan
Manahil Hassan

for their article: Black. Lives. Matter

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The thing I love most about volunteering for The Gauntlet is knowing I have a platform from which I can share my own experiences. There are so many political, social and economic issues out there that no one knows about. I've made it my job to raise awareness about issues personal to me and become the voice of the voiceless.

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Volunteering for The Gauntlet gives me the opportunity to express myself, my interests, and my values in an engaging and hopefully educational way. My ultimate goal is to make people feel seen or understood, and I find that writing is a really effective tool to do so. This is only my first year volunteering for The Gauntlet, but I’ve already been made to feel so welcome and inspired by every part of the process.