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Humans of Telfer – Haaruni

Haaruni Venkatesh Babu posing in front of trees.

Maybe I made a mistake yesterday, but yesterday’s me is still me. I am who I am today, with all my faults. Tomorrow I might be a tiny bit wiser, and that’s me, too. ─ Kim Namjoon, 2018

Q. What do you like most about Telfer?

A. As a community, Telfer places high importance on inclusivity, encouraging passionate minds, and acting as a support system. The School focuses on helping its students succeed in their fields of interest by creating an environment in which they feel comfortable reaching out for help, even for a professor’s insight about an entrepreneurial idea. In addition, the Telfer Career Centre provides opportunities such as networking events and career mentoring. The feeling of a close‑knit community is what I highly appreciate about Telfer.

Q. What has been your happiest moment while at Telfer?

A. One of the happiest moments in my Telfer journey has been spending time on different floors of Desmarais with my friends and studying in between classes. The schedule in university tends to separate students, therefore finding time to spend together, discussing courses, solving questions, or just catching up about the day, was always something I looked forward to.

Q. What has been your biggest challenge so far?

A. Considering the circumstances of the past year, the biggest challenge has been staying motivated while adapting to a virtual learning environment. Although online classes offer flexibility, comfort, and reduced travel time, there is a distinct feeling of isolation associated with the pandemic. Being online, I suffered from a lack of social interaction. Normally, we would be interacting with others through group projects/study sessions, clubs, and campus life, but being online, that has all gone away. However, as the situation slowly improves, I am looking forward to coming back to campus and enjoying the rest of my undergraduate experience.

– Haaruni Venkatesh Babu, 3rd-year Human Resource Management student, Vice-president, External Affairs, Telfer Human Resources Association, Vice-president, Marketing, Business Healthcare Society, and crewmember, Unit One Kpop Dance Crew

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.