Posts for the Topic Student Experience

Transitioning from high school to university as a CFM student

In high school, I was always really attracted to computer science and finance, and I have always wanted the opportunity to develop my own programs, applications, and games. Hence why I decided to join the Computing and Financial Management (CFM) program at University of Waterloo. Since transitioning from high school to university, I have definitely learnt some valuable lessons:

Raising Early Stage Capital

A primary consideration for most high school students contemplating post-secondary education is the name of the institution or program and the associated brand and post-graduation career opportunities. Reflecting on my four years in the math/CPA program, my recommendation to those students would be to also consider the supplementary learning opportunities because they will provide a more well-rounded university experience.

Student Venture Fund Haiku

Student Venture Fund

Graced by Feridun in class

Last year in review

Six new companies

Many thousands of dollars

What will he think now?

Industry events

Conferences and partnerships

What will he think now?

Cross-faculty work

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.

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!

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.

BEYOND EXPERIENCED: Global awareness = global opportunities

It's easy to maximize your success, both personally and professionally, if you’re willing to take advantage of the resources offered. For me, that meant using two key features within the AFM program. As a result, I was offered full-time employment even before I graduated. 

BEYOND DISCIPLINES: Not knowing creates opportunities

 

Where do I want to start my career? I know I want to be a business professional and I want to make an impact. As I learn and explore opportunities, my interests may change… and that’s a good thing. 

I’ve worked for Deloitte in their tax and corporate development divisions to build my business acumen. Networking with upper-year students and alumni exposed me to diverse career paths. But my most impactful experience to date has been participating in “Success Beyond the Classroom”.

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.

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