What would you say was the craziest or most unique experience you have had while vacationing?
During my time studying abroad in Australia, a group of my close friends and I took a vacation in New Zealand on one of our school breaks. Our trip was filled with adventure but the craziest experience was going bungie jumping at the Nevis Bungy near Queenstown. The challenge with bungie jumping is that once you are all hooked up and have waddled your way to the edge of the would-be diving board, it is on you to take the risk and jump head first. In that moment you realize that nobody is going to jump for you, and the decision to plummet 440 feet over top of a sprawling canyon is entirely your own to make. This experience became a turning point in my life as the fear of risk-taking dissolved as I dropped, while my confidence in risk-taking soared.
What was the turning point for you in choosing to enroll in the Telfer Executive MBA program?
The turning point in choosing the Telfer Executive MBA was my interview with the Executive Director of the program, Sophia Leong. From our discussion, my desire to improve my leadership abilities and expand my business acumen was inspired. Sophia’s passion about hands-on learning through the six business consulting projects appealed to my preference for tangible learning as opposed to primarily text-driven, in-class learning. It became clear throughout our discussion that the program was about more than a typical education, it was about transformative character development. Sophia made it clear that this program was about the people and how we can benefit from each other’s knowledge and experience. This was the moment in which I began to believe in the “process” and made my decision to choose the Telfer Executive MBA.
What do you admire in a leader or mentor? Do you have someone who you consider a strong mentor or leader within your life?
Having a mentor throughout all stages of life is vitally important in developing a strong character, set of personal values and professional work ethic. For myself, my father has always been a pillar of mentorship in my life through his incredible work ethic and values. I admire his ability to lead both passively through setting a strong example, as well as having strong intuition, offering advice when necessary. His guidance led me to pursuing and achieving goals I had initially thought out-of-reach, such as attending University. In addition, his mentorship gave me the confidence to take on the challenge of opening a branch in Ottawa for the company he had dedicated much of his career to. His mentorship can be credited for playing an essential role in many of my achievements and successes throughout my life.