When Peter Lougheed first stepped onto campus as a University of Alberta student, he hit the ground running, and never looked back. His university track record is stacked, but when you look at his life achievements, it’s clear that he never focused too much on his CV! Before we go any further, let’s take a quick look at some accomplishments: played Golden Bears and Edmonton Eskimos football, served as The Gateway‘s sports editor and worked his way up to Students’ Union President. Oh, he was also a member of the Delta Upsilon fraternity. Not too shabby…
Lougheed’s life is an example of constant motion. Boundless energy. A diverse array of interests and passions. Today, it’s rare to see Students’ Union representatives write for The Gateway, and vice-versa. It’s a difficult thing to do, for obvious political reasons, but Lougheed bridged that gap. On top of doing these two things, Lougheed played varsity football, a life-consuming and physically-draining endeavour. And he TOOK CLASSES. It’s easy to forget that on top of these many volunteer/paid endeavours, Lougheed was actually a student.
It doesn’t matter whether you’re a fourth-year student bracing for graduation, or a fresh-faced first-year looking to jump into the swirling sea that is the university experience; Lougheed is the ultimate example. He didn’t just volunteer; he made a difference. Lougheed made an impact wherever he went, setting the standard of excellence, never accepting the status quo.
No matter how you look at it, you can’t do much better than him. Thank you, Mr. Lougheed, for your contributions to student life.