After 4 amazing years at Ryerson, it is time for me to move on to my next chapter. As I prepare to transition into the work world, I can’t help but reflect on the past four years and how they have changed me for the better. One thing I am certain of after all this time is that picking Ryerson for my undergrad was the best decision I ever made! To any current and prospective students, here is my advice for how to make the most of your time at this awesome institution.

1. It’s okay – and completely normal, to not know exactly what you are interested in from the get-go.

When I first chose my major in first year, I figured, I like math – so I should be an accounting major. It made sense in my head, but after my first few accounting courses, I knew it wasn’t for me. In my second year, after consulting with various sources, I made the switch into Finance. Since then, TRSM has created the School of Accounting and Finance (SAF) where you can go any time to get all the information you need about these two majors. One thing to remember is that TRSM is full of support systems to help you pick your major and explore different options for your future. Attending events and conferences, and engaging in student groups are also super helpful to help you find out what you are passionate about!

2. Apply for Scholarships and Bursaries

Ryerson and TRSM give out tons of money each year to students who excel academically and/or in the community. It is up to you to be aware of these awards and to take advantage of them! Check out TRSM and Ryerson-wide awards. Tuition isn’t cheap – but Ryerson definitely makes it easier to manage with countless scholarships and bursaries for students.

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3. Take Advantage of the Unique Opportunities TRSM Has to Offer

This school is full of unique opportunities for student development outside of the classroom. For example, I was lucky enough to be a part of the Top 200 Program, where I got to network with industry leaders, develop my leadership skills, learn about myself, and even get paired with a corporate executive through their mentorship program! Another example is this past October, when I got to attend a Women in Leadership conference at Harvard University thanks to the Ryerson Commerce Society’s (RCS) conference funding opportunity. The RCS is actually the only commerce society in Canada that funds up to 100% of conferences and competitions for students. These are just some examples of how TRSM stands out as a student-focused institution where student success and experiential learning are highly valued.
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4. Get Involved in Student Groups

This is probably my most important piece of advice for any student. I wasn’t involved much in high school, but when I came to Ryerson I was amazed by how engaged and passionate all of the student groups were. During my time here, I got involved with some amazing student organizations including DECA, JDCC, and Enactus, and the Ryerson International Experiential Learning Program. It is thanks to my student group involvement that I got to meet the most amazing people who are now some of my best friends. Not only that, but I got the opportunity to learn, grow, and travel to places including Utah, California, and Colombia. I also developed valuable leadership skills and networking skills, which helped me to land a job upon my graduation.
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5. You only undergrad once, so enjoy it while it lasts!

Most importantly, remember to enjoy and make the most of your time in your undergrad. With new spaces like the Ryerson Student Learning Centre which just opened in February, even studying can be enjoyable! Your undergrad is the best time to learn, meet new people, get involved, and discover your passion. So don’t be afraid to step outside your comfort zone, try new things, and do what it takes to reach your full potential!
Share with me your great experiences that you have had at TRSM in the comment section or what you are looking forward to when you start your undergrad!

Posted by Layla Hussain

Layla Hussain is a 4th year Business Management student who finished her undergrad in December and will be convocating in June 2014. She was an active student leader during her time at Ryerson and will be starting her new job at Bell Canada later this year.

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