"Students for a short time, alumni for a lifetime" - community runs deep at Queen’s and lasts long after students receive their degrees and leave campus. Being part of the Queen’s community is more than just a sense of belonging, it is about meeting like-minded people, forging friendships that transcend time, and connecting with people who are as passionate about making a difference as you are.
Rico Garcia, Artsci’13, an international student from Monterrey, Mexico, is ensuring that the ties that bind stay strong as new generations of students join the Queen’s community. With his past experiences as a Residence Life don, Arts and Science Undergraduate Society president, CFRC radio host, student senator and Queen's Model Parliament attendee, Rico brings a unique and varied skill set to his current role as president of the Queen’s Student Alumni Association (QSAA).
Through the QSAA Rico connects students to the Queen’s alumni network by hosting events that teach out of the classroom skills, bringing alumni speakers to campus and providing alumni-student connections. It’s all done to help both students and alumni feel connected to Queen’s and to ensure that the tight knit community that so deeply personifies the University endures.