Meet Raquel Corkery, Orillia Athletics & Wellness Assistant
By: Zoe Dhillon, Orillia Bureau Chief
The Argus: As the Athletics and Wellness Assistant, what does your job entail?
Raquel Corkery: Working closely with Elana (our Athletics & Wellness Coordinator), my job allows me to connect students to health and wellness resources on campus and in the community. We also have the opportunity to work with a great group of student-athletes for the Orillia Thunderwolves athletics programs and provide campus recreation opportunities to all students.
A: What is the most rewarding part of your job?
RC: The most rewarding part of my job is being able to interact with brilliant students each day and learn about their student experiences. I have always loved meeting new people; Lakehead students come from so many different places so it is inspiring to listen to their stories. It is also very rewarding to be able to offer students a variety of activities to take part in such [as] athletics events and intramural activities – these types of opportunities allow students to share their university experience with each other in an environment outside of the classroom.
A: What is your favourite part about working on our campus, specifically?
RC: My favourite part about working on our campus is how it feels like a very close community. Since it is a smaller campus, we get to know the students, staff and faculty pretty quickly. I have been part of this amazing Student Affairs team for one semester, and I felt truly connected immediately during Orientation Week. The Student Affairs team here is a great group of people, and they are passionate about what they do.
A: Why did you choose to work in Orillia? What drew you into our community?
RC: One summer, when I was a post-secondary student, I moved to the Orillia area for a summer job to work at Mariposa Market! I immediately fell in love with the Sunshine City and surrounding area. The community has so much to offer and has always been very welcoming. It is really easy to meet people here because it is a pretty small city. PS. If you haven’t yet – check out Mariposa Market downtown Orillia!
A: What advice do you have for new students?
RC: Get involved! Make sure you continue to participate in the activities you enjoyed growing up, or try something new! Taking time to do things that bring you joy is so important. Getting involved in extracurricular activities allows you to meet new people and make connections that you may not come across in your classes. Speaking of classes – go to class! You will never regret it.
A: Do you have any advice for graduating students?
RC: “Life is full of setbacks. Success is determined by how you handle setbacks.” I use my reusable Lululemon bag every day – it has some pretty neat quotes, but this one has always stood out to me. To me, this quote means that sometimes things do not go as you expect, but you should continue to push forward through each challenge that life throws at you. Never give up on your dreams, but also accept that it is totally okay to change your mind.
A: Where can students get more information about Athletics & Wellness?
RC: Here are great ways to stay connected and learn more about Orillia Thunderwolves Athletics & Wellness!
& the Student Success App!
You can also stop by the Athletics Offices & Wellness Centre on the first floor of residence to say hello!