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Darnell Girard

MSc International Business 2019

Degree

MSc '19, Ivey Business School

Tell us about yourself. 

Prior to attending Ivey, both my education and professional experience were primarily rooted in the health sciences. I was able to work with some phenomenal non-profit organizations and contribute to research work related to youth mental health as well as various communicable diseases plaguing low-and-middle income countries. I was also heavily involved in sport as a member and captain of both the Track & Field and Football teams at the University of Toronto, as well as being appointed the Chairman of all student athletes at the school during my tenure there. 

What were you most nervous about when you began the program? Has that nervousness eased, and/or how have your expectations been met/exceeded?

Having come from a non-business background, I was initially pretty terrified that I would have a difficult time keeping up with the fast pace of learning at Ivey, especially with the vast majority of the topics covered being new to me. It took some getting used to, but there's something about being in a room with so many other incredibly gifted and passionate students that makes you want to work harder yourself. Eventually, I found that the atmosphere at the school made the extra work it took to learn new topics fun and not as daunting a task as I'd initially feared.

Describe the relationships and culture of support at Ivey.

I think that Ivey may have a pretty unfair reputation for being extremely cutthroat and unfriendly, with lots of competition among students. Though there definitely is competition, I'd argue that my experience here has felt anything but unfriendly and that I have formed incredible relationships with my classmates both in and outside of the classroom. The relationships I've made while here are ones I'll cherish and take with me long after graduation.

Education

  • Honours Bachelor of Science- Human Biology/Molecular Biology, University of Toronto
  • Master of Science- International Health, University of Leads