Club Spotlight — SOS: Students Offering Support

Posted by Arshia on January 5, 2016

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Hey everyone! Happy 2016! It looks like we’re back in the full swing of things — the winter break just behind us, New Year’s, the whole nine yards. Welcome back to a brand new semester at York University! Hope you’ve all had an amazing break. Yes, I know it might be difficult getting back into the routine of study, eat, sleep, repeat, especially after the excitement of the holidays and the lazy-crazy days of the end of the year, but fear not: [trumpet sound] It’s SOS to the rescue!


What is SOS, you may ask. To be honest, I didn’t know much about it until a few months ago either, when my friend Reeda told me about it. It stands for Students Offering Support. It’s an organization that allows students to help their peers succeed in getting good grades. Sounds pretty good, right? Even better, the group helps fund education-oriented development projects in Latin American communities.


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Keep reading, it’ll make sense in a second.


SOS Ambassador or participant, you’re making a difference!


It’s easy to fall into bad habits just as the school year begins (one word: procrastination). So before you freak out during an exam, thinking “I’m not ready!” or “I didn’t study this!” (Does this sound familiar to anyone from just a few weeks ago?), maybe this semester is the time for you to prepare ahead of time. For a fee of $10 to $20, students can attend exam study sessions and receive Exam-Aid booklets to take home. The sessions are headed by other students who already earned a high final grade in that course and who are now volunteering their time to teach others. What makes SOS different is that the fee doesn’t go to the SOS Ambassadors. Instead, it goes toward the education-oriented development projects I mentioned earlier. The exam-takers are left with good grades, students in Latin American communities are happier with more educational resources and the SOS Ambassadors are satisfied knowing that they are helping make a major difference in other people’s lives. A win-win-win situation.


The club has chapters at universities throughout North America, including York University. The Keele Chapter has been pretty active for the past few years. Watch the video below to learn more!



Glendon SOS is just getting started, and I’m proud and excited to say that I’m part of the exec team. I can’t wait to see what this year has in store!


Interested in more?


Yes, Students Offering Support is a useful club you can join at York U. And yes, I might be a liiiittle biased toward it given my own involvement, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try it out for yourself! There’s a pretty good chance you’ll like it. If you’re looking for a similar club — maybe one that also focuses on development projects in rural communities — you have quite a few options at both the Keele and Glendon campuses. The YU Connect website now has a new design that’s super easy to navigate. Add your interests to your profile and can see what club might be the best fit for you. Check it out today!


Until next time,




Arshia is a third-year international studies major at Glendon College. She no longer blogs regularly for the YU Blog but may post on occasion as a guest-blogger.

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