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University Advancement | September 2018  


Reflecting on the past

Roger Marszalek, Aerospace Engineering ’07, MBA ’08; Kimberly Halkett, Journalism ’92; Hannah Van Dyk, Arts and Contemporary Studies '16

Left to right: Roger Marszalek, Aerospace Engineering ’07, MBA ’08; Hannah Van Dyk, Arts and Contemporary Studies ’16; Kimberly Halkett, Journalism ’92.


What would you tell yourself at the start of your university career? We’ve asked some alumni what advice they would give themselves now. Are your own kids heading off to university this year — maybe even joining us here at Ryerson? Here’s some tips for them as they kick off their adventure in academia.


1. Build your network

Your peers could be your future colleagues and making those connections early, in a friendly school environment, could help you down the road.

“Get to know your classmates a bit more. I wish I could have put more effort into socializing with the people in my program. The funny thing is now I work in the same industry as some of them. At least we are catching up on lost time now.”
Roger Marszalek, Aerospace Engineering ’07, MBA ’08 Roger Marszalek,
Aerospace Engineering ’07, MBA ’08,
Manager, Marketing, Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation America Inc.


2. Take chances

Whether it was fear of rejection or failure, many of our alumni wished they had spent less time worrying what other people thought and more time doing what they truly loved.

“Walk your own walk and don’t let others define you. I used to spend way too much time worrying about what others thought about me, my work and how it would be received… My career took off when I listened to my inner voice and took a path less followed. It took some courage, but it’s worth it.”
Kimberly Halkett, Journalism ’92 Kimberly Halkett,
Journalism ’92,
White House Correspondent,
Al Jazeera Media Network


3. Have fun!

University is hard work, but beyond these years the real world awaits! If our alumni could go back, they would spend more time enjoying the ride.

“Soak it all in — the late nights in the Student Learning Centre, the feeling of being on stage at orientation week, the projects that turned into events, the storming of the court after the Ryerson Rams win their first two Ontario University Athletics banners, the study dates, the breakfasts at Oakham Lounge, even the stats classes — because it's a once in a lifetime experience to be a Ryerson University student, and you're going to want to hold on to that for the rest of your life.”
Hannah Van Dyk, Arts and Contemporary Studies '16 Hannah Van Dyk,
Arts and Contemporary Studies ’16,
Western Canada Key Relationship Manager,
EduDeo Ministries


We’d love to hear from you on what tips you’d give your first-year university self! Send us an email.