Why you chose Ryerson: I loved how current Ryerson seemed to be, and how interesting and diverse so many of the course offerings were. It was a bonus that the campus was so central, but the overall best thing about Ryerson for me was how approachable all of the professors and administrators were. It was such a friendly, vibrant environment and I immediately felt welcomed when I visited. It was definitely a perfect fit for me.
How Ryerson helped prepare you for your position: My program, Arts and Contemporary Studies (ACS), was amazing for me because I had the option of exploring so many different subjects as I was still navigating my career options. While many people chose to declare a specialization, I opted to remain undeclared as I enjoyed the freedom of being able to enroll in all sorts of subject areas. The ACS program helped prepare me for both of my current career paths: it helped me in applying to teacher education programs – I moved on to get a Master of Teaching at OISE after Ryerson – because I was able to take courses that contributed to 'teachables', and it helped in my photography venture because I was able to take two digital photography courses as electives where I learned many of the skills I still use today. The broadness of my undergraduate degree allowed me to develop a multifaceted set of critical thinking skills that can be applied to so many career paths.
Advice for current students: Enroll in courses that allow you to explore what interests you. It's ok to not fully know what the future holds for you - career paths are rarely linear – ACS taught me that. The best thing you can do for yourself is to listen to your inner voice: go in the direction that excites you. Your undergraduate degree may not lead directly into your career and you may need to acquire additional training or certification when you decide where you're headed – and that's ok. Just make sure you make the most of your time at Ryerson. When else in your life will you have the opportunity of four years to study anything you want?
Most memorable Ryerson experience: The warm, tight-knit community of the ACS program. Definitely. It was really great to have professors who not only cared about what they taught, but were so open and available to the students. And because many of the required courses had relatively small class sizes and tutorials, the students got to know each other and I made some really strong friendships that I still cherish today. I definitely had a really positive experience at Ryerson!
The ACS program helped prepare me for both of my current career paths: it helped me in applying to teacher education programs – I moved on to get a Master of Teaching at OISE after Ryerson.