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Finding Your Passion (The Struggle of a Post-Secondary Student)

I’ve been extremely lucky to have been hired this semester by Ted Rogers School of Management at Ryerson University as a course facilitator for BUS100, a position in which not only do I lead classes for first-year students, but I’m meant to be a role model and a first point of contact for these students during their endeavours in university. Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve had a few individual students approach me with the same question:

What drives you to be passionate about what you’re studying?

Though each student introduced or followed this particular question in different ways, this was still their biggest concern: how are they going to get the most out of the next four+ years and enjoy it along the way?

I guess on one hand I am lucky to have had a few years between high school and post-secondary to truly think and decide what I wanted from my future career as well as my education. Though it is setting me back a few years before getting my “big girl job”, at least I am appreciative of the whole process, and, what my students seem to have trouble finding, I have feelings of passion towards this process.

So what’s my secret? How am I getting through the tedious compulsory courses that don’t interest me (information technology, I’m referring to you!), how am I so 100% sure of what I’m majoring in, and how am I so happy with what I’ve chosen to study?

The courses that aren’t major-related are tough, as they are for everyone, but they are the foundation of getting your bachelor’s degree. Whether you like it or not, it’s reality, and you’ve got to make the best of it.

When it comes to the courses that go towards my major, marketing, those are fun. Why wouldn’t they be? I’m studying what I’m passionate about. I guess the real question here is, how did I realize that passion, and how can I encourage someone else to realize theirs.

Whatever faculty, program, or major you’re in, it’s essentially building the blocks towards your career. And as they say, if you love what you do, you’ll never have to work a single day of your life. So as soon as I decided to apply to a business school, I began trying to understand the business/managerial side of everything I saw, did, and heard about.

I pick up a cup of coffee, but it’s not just any cup of coffee. Someone opened the shop, paid the rent, bought the coffee beans and equipment, hired staff, trained them to know the difference between a latte and cappuccino. I go to work, but I’m not just selling goods. Someone designed them, put a price on them, figured out the combined costs of the materials and labour, decided where to sell them, decided how to acquire customers.

I write this blog, but I’m not just writing. I’m figuring out how to promote it, how to get new subscribers, what my subscribers want to read, what template will look best on the website, where to put the “read more” tag to keep the reader hooked.

Before I knew it, I started living and breathing business management and marketing. Here I am, almost halfway done Year 2, and I am enjoying (almost) every moment of being in school. You’d think I would be having the worst time, knowing all my high school classmates are done post-secondary and out in the real world already, but I know I’m willingly stuck here for the next little while, and I’m making the best of every moment and endeavour.

I know I’ll get there, to that finish line, where the big job and piece of paper with “Bachelor of Commerce” written on it are patiently waiting for me. Why not enjoy the run?

 

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If I Moved to Australia, Would Anyone Notice? The Reality of a 21st Century Cynic

About once a week (usually on a night my boyfriend is busy, and I have nothing to do), I come to the realization that I basically have none of my own friends, particularly girlfriends. By “my own”, I mean people who I didn’t meet by default through my boyfriend, or in some cases, through their boyfriends. I’m talking besties, girls I’ll go for a spontaneous coffee with, and who I can share every detail of my life with. Continue reading If I Moved to Australia, Would Anyone Notice? The Reality of a 21st Century Cynic

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How to Spend Your Sick-Day

What do you know, after being away for a week, I happened to catch some nasty virus on the flight home, which only worsened when I was surrounded by equally ill colleagues a few days later.

Let me tell you people, your immune system is extremely vulnerable when you are travelling. I’ve learned that the hard way too many times, and since then have never left home without a stash of vitamins and medications for any possible situation. Somehow, I didn’t realize I needed to keep fighting the germs flying around when I got back home as well.

And that’s how I ended up here. In bed on a Monday (instead of working), living off of lemon water, honey, and enough medication that it covers the entirety of my bedside table. As I lay in bed, home alone whilst my loved ones are all at work, I started pondering on what can I do that will be productive, fun (somewhat), and won’t take too much energy – as a sicko, I don’t have much energy to begin with, it’s a miracle I can get out of bed at all. Continue reading How to Spend Your Sick-Day

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the correlation between success, money, and doing what you love

In my Business Management university program (BComm), there’s a mandatory course called Strategies for Success. You are basically taught about time management, adversity being a good thing, discovering yourself, and just approaching every single situation in life positively. This learning process involves an hour lecture every week, followed by a 2 hour “breakout session” lead by an upper-year student, where you discuss the lecture and talk about the ins and outs of becoming successful.

The other day, the following question was raised: “What Is Success?” Continue reading the correlation between success, money, and doing what you love

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are you still keeping your New Year’s Resolutions?

They say it takes 21 days to make a habit, and it’s been well over 21 days since the start of 2016. So how many new (healthy) habits have you gotten into? If you’ve actually successfully made some of your resolutions into habits, I encourage you to enlighten the rest of us and tell us about it in the comments. Continue reading are you still keeping your New Year’s Resolutions?

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what you SHOULD do this Valentine’s Day

I’m going to be perfectly honest here, after having spent 3 Valentine’s Days in an extremely happy and loving relationship, I am so over it (the holiday, not the relationship).

I mean, what’s exciting or romantic about standing in line for over an hour at any given restaurant, or getting wilted over-priced roses that are going to look even worse the next day? And I’m sure it’s no fun for the males either, having to pay double for flowers, chocolate, and a card than what they would have paid any other given day. Continue reading what you SHOULD do this Valentine’s Day

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the last minute holiday gift guide (women’s edition)

Ah yes, the holiday season. If you are reading this, you’re too late (Drake fans, I’m sure you got the reference). But alas! You are not too late! There is still hope for you to get something decent under the tree, and it wont take hours to find at the mall. With this gift guide, you will only need to make one or two stops to get the almost-perfect gift (or set) for your girlfriends! Continue reading the last minute holiday gift guide (women’s edition)

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music: my top 8 sing-alongs

In my previous post earlier today, I mentioned that blasting music and singing along could help get some negative energy out. As I was driving today, blasting my music, singing along, I decided I would share with you my top 8 songs for doing just that. Continue reading music: my top 8 sing-alongs

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negativity is not for friends

It was last week during a phone conversation that I realized that no one wants you to take your negativity out on them, unless they’re allowed to share their opinion about it. That’s human nature. Listening, and then saying something in return, whether you like it or not. And this made me frustrated. Continue reading negativity is not for friends