We acknowledge that we live and work on the traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes six miles on each side of the Grand River.
Previous Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology (MBET)student, Melissa Young Sing, recently sent us an e-mail after finding an unexpected note while she was packing up her room. This note was a list of goals Melissa had written at the beginning of her year as an MBET student. Believing in the value proposition of this note, Melissa wanted us to pass this along to prospective and current MBET students. Having forgotten that she even wrote these goals down, finding this artefact was a pleasant surprise. Here is what the list included:
- Create and foster meaningful relationships within the MBET group that will enrich my network
- Step out of my comfort zone and take on proactive leadership roles in a competitive setting
- Develop a level of confidence in my ideas and opinions that will drive me to follow through
- Acquire a business education that will be sustainable, practical and recognizable
- Recognizing my limitations and learning to play to my strengths
Going to the Summer School at the Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) in Finland and interacting with other students internationally made her realize the value of her MBET degree. After her trip, when she sat back to reflect on her year, she realized that she had accomplished 90% of the goals from her list!
The goal that wasn’t completely accomplished was having her MBET degree recognized abroad. Despite this, and even though the word ‘MBET’ may be lesser known, telling people about the program was exciting for her, taking pride in being an ambassador for the MBET brand.
The MBET continues to grow in recognition with over 500 alumni. Being recognized across the globe is a goal that will eventually be realized, but we’re not quite there yet.
We are very happy that Melissa shared this list with us, and we encourage everyone to write down a list of their own goals!
Melissa Young Sing is currently working alongside MBET10 classmates, Sen Sachi and Ramzi Samara, on a market assessment project for The Water Institute at the University of Waterloo, in collaboration with space technology manufacturer, ComDev. Melissa is also working with her MBET10 co-founder, Darryl Karpel, on launching a student centric career resource for the life sciences field. Melissa is always open to connecting with the MBET community and can be reached by email.