“What do you want to achieve in school? This question is not merely about your academic achievements, but also about your impact at school and on others. The connections we make while at Telfer can often be crucial to developing our career.
I never asked myself this question during my first year, and it showed. Many students come here with no idea of what they want to achieve after graduation. This is completely okay! To be honest, I still don’t know. The best advice I could give any first‑year student is to be open to change, new ideas, new disciplines, and new experiences. Try as many different things as you can while in school and explore your interests. We are always learning and will be throughout our careers.
I would also advise students to get involved, because it allows you to make connections and get noticed. It is much easier to be passive and stick to your group of friends, but good results don’t come easy. I am currently serving as Vice President of External Affairs for Telfer International, and as Business Lead for UOE Racing. It took me three years to figure out that clubs are worth joining, and I wish I learned that earlier.
Overall, I would tell first‑year students to make the most out of their time. Work hard, party hard, have fun, and get involved. Be open to change for the better as a person and to meet people who challenge your opinions. University is not just about getting good grades: it’s about making mistakes and developing personally. Give it the old college try and get out there!”
– Patrick Munro
3rd‑year MISA student
VP External Affairs, Telfer International
Inspired by Brandon Stanton’s Humans of New York, this weekly feature of the Telfer Career Blog will contain photography of individuals from the Telfer School of Management community and a corresponding narrative that gives us a glimpse into their lives.