What courses do you enjoy?
My favourite course has been CS 115 so far. This is an introductory course to computer science, and I took it as an elective course for fun.
What are your classes like?
In first year, I noticed that most of my classes have class sizes of around 150 students. Whereas in upper-year semesters, they become smaller to around 50 students. In some classes, there are participation marks. Also, professors are always open to answering your questions during lectures.
Tips/advice when it comes to transitioning from high school to university?
For me, the biggest difficulty has been trying to handle stressful environments. When I was very stressed in university, I was not prepared to handle it. Thus, something I would do in high school would be to teach myself methods on how to deal with these situations.
How did you know AFM was the right fit for you?
In high school, I tried to become exposed to accounting and finance as much as possible. I did this through taking accounting and business courses, doing a co-op in accounting, and joining Junior Achievement. From there, I found that I am interested in accounting and finance.
What did you wish you knew before entering into first year?
I think it is beneficial to constantly communicate with other students in your program, whether they are in the same year or are older; they can provide advice and insights.
What resources have you used and how has it helped you?
I have tried many resources, including asking my academic advisor for suggestions on what electives to take, going to residence tutoring sessions, and going to my professors' office hours. However, I find that the most useful resource is just talking to other students in your program. They can help you with your academics and provide advice for university in general.
How have you gotten involved in the SAF community, UW community, and residence life?
In the SAF community, I have been involved by taking positions such as being a TA, Peer Leader for the Living Learning Community, and SOAP ambassador. In the UW community, I have joined clubs such as the Archery Club and Finance Association Club. This enabled me to meet friends from other programs. Lastly, when I was in residence in my first year, I tried to actively make friends with the people around me. In hindsight, I found that my most lasting and deep friendships are with those who were in residence with me.
Your favourite thing about AFM/SAF?
I can take courses and pursue designations that I am interested in. For example, right now, I am planning on pursuing the CPA designation. This allows me to have some electives now and then. With those electives, I can take whatever else I am passionate about, including computer science and psychology.
What's the SAF environment like as an AFM student?
There are a lot of AFM students who are very exceptional. It is nice meeting and working with them so that we can learn and grow with one another.
What's it like living in residence?
I liked living in residence because there are friends all over the place. Whenever I need to talk to someone, there is always someone close by to talk to. Also, there are study buddies everywhere.
Tips/advice for living in residence?
Try to make as many friends as possible. I think that these friendships are very useful when sometime in the future I need someone to hang out with or someone to ask academic questions to.
What extra-curricular activities are you involved in (sports, clubs, etc.)?
In my 2A term, I was an Arts Orientation Leader, Peer Leader for the Living Learning Community, Finance Coordinator of StarterHacks, and TA for AFM 101.
How do you keep a good work/life balance?
Undeniably, we are all very ambitious students who have high goals and expectations for our studies. But at the end of the day, you shouldn't dedicate all your time to studying. So, each day, I keep my work/life balance by talking to friends, going to the gym, and/or doing my extra-curricular activities.
Your favourite spots on campus to relax/hang out with friends?
I find that I spend a lot of time with friends at food courts. For example, South Campus Hall.
Favourite places to hang out in Kitchener-Waterloo?
In my 2A term, especially during the exam season, I went to Waterloo Park a lot. During the winter, they have Christmas lights there every night, along with Christmas music. Whenever I go outside for a run, I would go to this place to de-stress
How did you prepare for co-op (resources used, events attended, etc.)?
The most useful resource for me was attending an appointment at TC where an advisor was able to criticize and improve my resume. I found that my resume has improved a lot since this visit.
How did you feel going into your first co-op interview – tips/advice?
Before my first interview, I already had previous experiences doing interviews, so I was not very nervous about it. My advice is to make sure that you can say things that differentiate yourself from others. Then, when you answer questions, talk about unique experiences, what you learned, and the result.