How small things add up and you can accomplish something big!

Tuesday, November 10, 2020
by Johnson S - CFM

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Recently, I participated in the Schulich RISE Strategy Discipline Case Competition, where delegates from various prestigious Canadian universities compete with each other by solving a complex business problem. I had the pleasure to team up with three other talented AFM students - Angela, Bianca, and Kevin - and we were able to bring the best out of us and placed first in the case competition.

With our outstanding performance, I realized how well the Computing Financial Management (CFM) program prepared me for the real world by offering me top-notch curriculums, co-ops, and other extra-curriculums activities. As the CFM program offers core courses in both computer science and accounting and finance, I felt I was well equipped going into the case competition with the knowledge that I have acquired in my classes. I’ve also worked in many industries, including technology, capital markets, management consulting, and venture capital during my co-op terms. It was a diversified background and multi-disciplinary expertise that I was able to analyze the case from different perspectives. Finally, the School of Accounting and Finance offers many great extra-curriculum activities (networking events, info sessions, seminars) and there are many great clubs (consulting club, investment club, accounting club, etc.) on campus. I have made many friends and explored a plethora of interests outside of the classroom. All of these small things add up and help me to achieve bigger goals in life.

Reflecting on my experience, I am happy that I chose the CFM co-op program. The School offers plenty of resources to its students and it has truly been an enriching journey. I am confident that this education will open many doors after my graduation.