BEYOND EXPERIENCED: Leveling up through lost luggage and nearly missed flights

 

The trip to Asia I took between first and second year sparked my interest to see the world and experience different cultures first-hand. I certainly didn’t feel that way when I landed in Hong Kong in error and realized that my luggage was as lost as I was.

Transitioning into first year of AFM studies is similar in many ways:
1) you feel a bit lost,
2) you’re unsure of what the expectations for you are, and
3) you have to level-up your skills in a hurry.

Day 1: Germany International study trip

The anticipation of visiting Germany as part of the AFM 417 International Study Trip was finally over when we arrived in Frankfurt and stumbled upon two cultural festivals.

BEYOND EXPERIENCED: Never underestimate your experiences

I liken my university experiences to a sports analogy. You never know when your coach will call on you to play, but when you’re sitting on the bench, you have to be prepared. For me that meant maintaining strong marks with extra-curricular involvement and never…ever take anything for granted.

Why are there so many choices?

Before applying for University, we are faced with the important decision of figuring out which schools we want to actually apply for. For me the choice was easy, the University of Waterloo, however, I still wanted to find out more about other schools just in case I found a better fit for me. That is why I attended the OUF (Ontario Universities fair) in Toronto this year.

BEYOND THE CLASSROOM – Lab Coats and Business Suits

In my 1A term, people often asked me, “Why biotech/CPA?” My preferred response would have been: “Because wearing both lab coats and suits is really cool.”

But what I usually responded with was, “Because having both science and business backgrounds will allow me to develop and contribute a unique perspective.” Stating this really didn’t help me realize the true meaning.

Now, as a 4B student, I realize that developing a unique perspective means being open-minded, having the courage to follow your curiosity, and connecting seemingly unrelated things.

BEYOND THE CLASSROOM: Launching your career

A couple of weeks ago, I attended a SAF hosted professional development conference called Launch Your Career.

I’d summarize Launch Your Career as: “a big ol’ introduction to some really key points of life and not just the business world.” Sure, there were speakers who talked about everything in the context of a “business setting”, but, if I’m being honest, I was surprised at how little the language was focused on something like a corporate setting. I basically just spent hours learning tips and tricks to succeed in life in general, and even got the opportunity to do some networking – which was one of the topics of discussion – with the speakers!

Figuring out what program you want to apply to

How Do I Decide?

Picking a program is the most important part of applying to University, without a program I can’t apply. The program(s) I choose will depend on what I enjoy doing, what I am capable of doing, and the required high school credits I need. I am interested in potentially applying for AFM and Arts&Bus (arts and business) at the University of Waterloo, however, I am undecided.

Furthering your University research

Researching University is something I’ve already done, but not as much as I should have. I’ve only looked into the University of Waterloo and their programs while doing my research, when I should be looking into other Universities that offer the program(s) I am interested in.

Preparing for Grade 12

Preparing for grade 12 is something I hadn’t really thought about as it’s technically just another year of high school, but it’s not. Up until this point, I’ve just been skimming by on everything involving school. I hadn’t done my homework unless I had to for marks.

BEYOND EXPERIENCE: Rising in the face of failure

A solitary figure stands in the middle of the stage as a bright beam of light surrounds her. Suddenly, she takes a deep breath and realizes – it’s show time.