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?