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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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Renaissance of the Small Mall (Win a Shopping Spree!)

Growing up in the suburbs of Toronto, Thornhill and Richmond Hill, there were only really a few hang out places that my friends and I could go to in our younger years. Getting into the age of acquired driver’s licenses, Hillcrest Mall became a lunchtime destination in high school. As the years went by, truthfully, nothing changed. Same old stores, same old food joints at the food court, same old crowds. It got boring, and as our tastes changed, so did our willingness to travel for shopping. Continue reading Renaissance of the Small Mall (Win a Shopping Spree!)

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10 Ways Competitive Dance Prepared Me For The Real World

Though I put that career path behind me, it would be a HUGE waste of money if I didn’t get any takeaway from it. I find myself getting upset every now and then that I’ve essentially lost all my skills as a ballroom dancer, and though it may seem like it was a waste of 16 years, I definitely got some irreplaceable experience from it that benefits me every single day in the real world. Continue reading 10 Ways Competitive Dance Prepared Me For The Real World

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Spring Cleaning: The Clothes

Now that we are getting all our gently-worn and never-worn shoes out of the way (shoe drive info HERE), I’ve come to the conclusion that clothes are the next step. Continue reading Spring Cleaning: The Clothes

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Toronto Christmas Market

It’s that time of year again – holiday shopping, sitting by the fireplace, and perhaps going out to your local Christmas Market. What’s great about these markets is that you get the opportunity to see locally-made goods (which is rare at this day and age), whether it be ornaments, decorations, clothing, accessories, or even candy. Continue reading Toronto Christmas Market

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some positivity for you, Paris

Why is the world crying and praying for Paris? Because it’s familiar. Many have already travelled there, many have dreamt of going there, and only very few had a completely neutral feeling towards the city. Continue reading some positivity for you, Paris

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preparation for the 10k, & some words of advice

Here’s the tricky part about racing: you can’t do it without practice. Having ended my competitive dancing career almost one year ago, being busy with the start of my university studies, and generally not having any goal to work towards athletically, my shape has gotten out of it. So with just one week to prepare (and still midterms to write!) all I could really do is… run. I’m no personal trainer, but the way I think I can personally prepare best for this race, is to improve a little day by day. I did my first training: 5.6km, about 30% of which I took breaks to walk instead of run. Next up: trying to balance out my speed to be able to run the whole distance of 5.6km. And finally, adding distance day by day until the race! Continue reading preparation for the 10k, & some words of advice

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Toronto Fashion Week – wednesday’s details

Compared to Day 1, coming to David Pecaut Square on Wednesday was like a movie (well, almost). I got there a little bit early, and just got attacked by street style photographers. Granted, I did go a little more “full out” this time around, as Day 3 showcased some of the week’s biggest shows: Narces, Pink Tartan, and Mackage. Continue reading Toronto Fashion Week – wednesday’s details

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Toronto Fashion Week – monday’s details

This is actually my first time attending any Fashion Week, though I have stalked numerous photos from events all across the globe. I already had a good sense of what to expect, how to dress for that “street style” thing, and what shows I would be most interested in. Continue reading Toronto Fashion Week – monday’s details