Four years ago, I would have never believed that I would choose to attend Ryerson University instead of the University of Toronto. Prior to the start of my final year of secondary school, I was almost 100% confident that I would be studying Political Science at the University of Toronto’s St. George campus and eventually obtaining my law degree from their Faculty of Law. At least that was the plan. But as we are all aware, life has a wonderful way of disrupting the best-laid plans and taking us on unexpected journeys.

My unexpected journey started when I attended the Ontario University Fair and learnt about the Law & Business major offered at Ted Rogers School of Management. While researching prospective universities, I briefly considered applying to Ryerson’s Business program, because I had taken several business courses and had developed a strong interest in the subject. But I dismissed the idea, because majoring in business did not seem like the logical step to take in preparation for Law School. However at the university fair, I learnt that the Ted Rogers School of Management (TRSM) has a one-of-a-kind Law & Business major that provides students with a strong understanding of the foundational aspects of both Business and Law. Furthermore, Ryerson is the only university in Canada to offer the unique combination of Law and Business at the undergraduate level.

Upon hearing this information, my perspective swiftly changed and I began re-evaluating my decision to study Political Science at the University of Toronto. Although I did not think it was possible, I found a program that combined my two favourite subjects (Law & Business) and would provide me with a valuable Bachelor of Commerce degree. Once I received my offer of admission from Ryerson, I realized that TRSM was the place for me.

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At the start of my first semester I was not sure what to expect. I did not know anybody else on campus and I found it challenging to navigate my way around downtown Toronto. But after a while, I made some friends and began getting involved in student groups like the Law & Business Student Association (LBSA), Ryerson Global Management Group (RGMG), Ryerson Model United Nations (RyeMUN), and many more. Through my involvement in each of these organizations, I was able to gain a wealth of leadership experience, make valuable personal and professional connections, and meaningfully give back to the Ryerson community. Furthermore, the combination of my active community involvement and strong academic performance made me eligible for numerous scholastic awards and scholarships. Over the last four years, I have been very fortunate to be the recipient of awards and scholarships such as the Beverly Mascoll Award, Martha G. Billes Award, Joey & Toby Tanenbaum Business Scholarship, and most recently the Ms. Lillie Jonson Student Award as part of the Viola Desmond Day Awards.

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In addition, I have had the opportunity to compete at several regional and national case competitions and was one of the seven women selected from TRSM to attend the Harvard Undergraduate Women in Business Intercollegiate Business Convention – an international business conference at Harvard University that is designed to empower collegiate women interested in business by connecting them with some of the top female executives in the world.

So, as you can see by attending the Ted Rogers School of Management I was not only able to receive an excellent education, but I was also able to gain an invaluable set of skills and experiences that extended far beyond what I could learn in a classroom. As a soon-to-be Ryerson graduate, I can confidently tell you that Ryerson’s Ted Rogers School of Business is one of the best universities (if not the best university) that you can attend for Business Management. Ryerson is constantly innovating and creating new ways for students to apply their education and graduate with much more than just a degree. So although it was not part of my original plan, I can happily say that attending the Ted Rogers School of Management was one of the best decisions of my life.

If you are interested in attending TRSM and have any questions share them with me in the comments below!

Posted by Oluwatobi Taiwo

Oluwatobi Taiwo is a 4th year Law and Business Major and Accounting Minor at the Ted Rogers School of Management. Upon completion of her undergraduate degree, Oluwatobi plans to attend law school to complete her Juris Doctor (JD) and become a practicing lawyer in an area where she can truly help people and make a positive difference in the lives of others.

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