- Bachelors of Arts, University of Waterloo
Prior to joining Ivey, I completed my Bachelor of Arts at the University of Waterloo in a Psychology and Business co-op program. The most valuable experience of my undergraduate degree was the co-op component that gave me the opportunity to apply the knowledge I was acquiring through various work terms. I initially aspired to be a teacher so many of my co-op placements were in academic environments. However, through these work terms I learned more about what I want from my career and I decided to focus on the business side of my degree. When I began considering masters programs, I knew I wanted to pursue one that offered the same balance of academic quality and real-life experience while building on my existing capabilities. The Ivey MSc fit the bill perfectly.
The Ivey MSc appealed to me because it is a pre-experience program that focuses on building analytical leaders with global mindsets. The Ivey Case-Method as well as the Global Lab and Business Projects all exemplify Ivey’s commitment to exposing students not only to high calibre academics but also to real-world experiences. Initially I was nervous that I would not be able to adapt to the participation-heavy case-method learning style, as I had never been exposed to it before; however, the supportive nature of the Ivey faculty facilitated this transition. Further, the diverse backgrounds of my classmates has added to the educational value of the MSc as everyone brings their own experiences and knowledge to each discussion. Being able to confer with some of the brightest business minds in Canada as well as with an alumni network as accomplished as Ivey’s will undoubtedly benefit my development.
My decision to join the MSc was reaffirmed this summer as my classmates and I undertook the Ivey Global Lab. I had the opportunity to work on a ten-week consulting internship with an outsourcing company in Nicaragua, a once-in-a-lifetime experience that I will always remember and treasure. I have always tried to push my own boundaries and having to work in an unfamiliar environment for two months taught me a lot about my abilities and myself. It also exposed me to an international experience, which I did not previously have in my academic or professional career. Through Ivey, I will also have the chance to participate in an exchange term at the University of St. Gallen in Switzerland for my final semester. Opportunities like these to work and learn abroad are what will be the most beneficial to my development and my future career prospects as I believe immersing yourself in different environments can teach you much more than what can be taught inside a classroom. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time thus far at Ivey and look forward to what the rest of my time with the MSc will bring me.