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My Story in 30

University can feel overwhelming, but there are students who’ve been there before you and want you to know what they wish they had known in their first year. Listen to the My Story in 30 podcast series as the Fit for Business team interviews upper-year Ted Rogers School students about their real and unfiltered experiences. Learn how you too, can navigate challenges to find success on your university journey within 30-minute episodes. 

This is the My Story in 30 Podcast with stories for you, by students like you. 

Visit the dropdown categories below to find an episode that you want to listen to. From struggling with university, not doing as well in academics, to just wanting to be the best version of yourself, there’s something for everyone.

What do you do when you start burning out? It’s important to talk about your well-being when faced with such issues and potentially dealing with failures. We talk to Paolo Hermogenes about dealing with burning out, taking care of your mental health, developing a productive schedule to help with academics and tips on applying to the Ted Rogers Co-op program.

Hospitality and Tourism co-op student Laiqa Lalani encountered many unforeseen circumstances while on a mission to achieve her wildest dreams. While being extremely involved in student groups, Laiqa works multiple part-time jobs and is pursuing her fitness goals, and strives to excel in school all at the same time! Tune in to hear about how Laiqa has navigated through some of her most challenging moments in university as she shares her experiences using the Academic Success Centre, Business Career Hub, and professors for success.

Business Technology Management student Jordan Rose explains how getting a failing grade inspired him to get involved and get out of his comfort zone. With support from the Business Career Hub and DECA Ryerson, Jordan will share how this support system helped him overcome feelings of discouragement after getting an F.

Business Technology Management student Hiranniya Yogaratnarajah (Niya) shares her roller-coaster of a journey over the last 4 years. From failing critical courses and being on the verge of academic probation, Niya went from a 1.67 GPA to Dean's list within a year.

“I don’t know what I want to do for my career path.” We’ve all had thoughts like this before, you’re not alone. Hear Aymen Saqib's story about how she went from being anxious and unmotivated to finding her passion in marketing. Learn her tricks on gaining experience at TRSM and how to foster good relationships with professors.

It can be difficult balancing family problems alongside the school workload. We chat with Tamara Paiva about how she went from being afraid to ask for support to being comfortable enough to use services and resources at Ryerson.

Co-op student, Sue Ronald shares the struggles she's gone through as she opens up about losing motivation and how she leaned on a professor through tough times. 

Feeling like she had to go beyond to prove herself because of her disability, Sue talks about what it was really like. Tune in to hear Sue's story about who and what helped her become more resilient and confident on her journey.

“I don’t know what I want to do for my career path.” We’ve all had thoughts like this before, you’re not alone. Hear Aymen Saqib's story about how she went from being anxious and unmotivated to finding her passion in marketing. Learn her tricks on gaining experience at TRSM and how to foster good relationships with professors.

Economics and Management Science co-op student Grejdi Meta shares how he showcased specific technical skills to land a role with OTPP. During his time there, Grejdi had heard about an exciting new project that involved Power BI, knowing that the Bootcamps team offered it, he jumped on the opportunity to hone his skills. Tune in to hear Grejdi's secret on how he landed his job, and how he got promoted!

Entrepreneurship co-op student, Hadeer Abelhamid shares with us how she tackled being a new immigrant in Canada and a transfer student.

Hadeer opens up about feeling behind her peers knowing she would graduate 3 years later than anticipated. Tune in to hear how Hadeer found out that she was on the right path for herself, and how she became a student group president.