Why did you choose to come to Waterloo for AFM?
I chose AFM because I believe Waterloo’s co-op program gave me the best opportunity to obtain my CA designation. I believe that going through the recruiting and job application process early in my educational career was important as opposed to finding a job in the upper years. Starting early will help me develop the necessary work skills and relationships to succeed later on.
In your opinion, what do you think is the best thing about the AFM, Math/CA, Biotech/CA, CFM program?
I personally love the balance of accounting, finance, business, and math in the AFM program. These were the courses I enjoyed most in high school, and thus, the AFM program really suited my interests. I also love how our programs are so connected, in the sense that upper years are willing to help you out with exam and recruiting tips, and resume and cover letter critiques. It gives you a sense of welcoming when you enter into first year knowing that there is a wide range of support.
What sparked your interest in accounting and/or finance? Why? How?
I became interested in accounting after taking my first course in grade 11. I enjoyed the aspect of both math and business combined, which led me to complete the grade 12 course as well. Furthermore, as part of DECA, this experience helped me learn more about accounting and finance through case competitions and workshops.
Describe a day in the life of you when you’re in academic studies.
During my first year, I would wake up, get breakfast at the V1 cafe, and some mornings I would go to the gym. After ending class, I would often hang out with friends for a while, whether it be eating in the cafe, or relaxing at the V1 lounge. After studying and doing some homework, we would often meet up for dinner at the cafe or bus somewhere else. I would then go home, do some work, and maybe watch a show or some sports before going to bed.
What have been your high school-to-university transition strategies?
I have tried to utilize as many of the provided resources as possible. My friends from high school were very important to me as they helped smooth out the transition. We helped each other adjust to the new changes in university. Asking for tips from my LLC peer leader, upper years, and attending the school’s workshops were also very important tools.
How do you feel the AFM program, plus your electives/minor/option will give you the competitive advantage over another grad?
The co-op process is the biggest advantage because as opposed to looking for a job/internship in the third year, I am already in the recruiting process in my first year. By learning how to network, build relationships, and improve my resume, cover letter, and interviewing skills earlier on, I would say that my skills level is one to two years ahead of other grads. I believe that having a job earlier gives you more valuable experience, skills, and helps you learn more about the business world, which definitely gives you a more competitive edge.
Which Program Specialization have you/will you be selecting? Why?
I chose the public accounting specialization because I aspire to become a chartered accountant. The presentations that were given in high school by the ICAO “Guide to Ruling the World” really inspired me and provided me with a greater insight on what it is like to be a CA. Thus, it was one of the main deciding factors that made me choose this specialization.
What are some of your extra-curricular activities? Why do you do what you do?
I love sports, and so I joined the softball intramural team in the fall, and both dodgeball and basketball in the winter. I found this to be a great way to relax and enjoy the university life. I also enjoy going for jogs and working out at the CIF. Furthermore, I also joined AFSA (Accounting and Finance Student Association), which organizes many events and services to enhance the university experience. This was a great way for me to meet students in SAF and also to contribute back to the school.
Are you part of the Living-Learning Community? If so, why did you choose to live in LLC? What advantages do you see in being part of the LLC?
Having the chance to live in an area with many students in my program really attracted me to join the LLC because I thought it would be a great way to meet others and to have a good support system. Furthermore, having a peer leader was definitely a great tool because they help give tips, do resume/cover letter critiques, and also provide you with previous exam and study guides. I thought that this was a great way in helping me transition to university much quicker.
How have you made Waterloo home?
Although living away from home was very different initially, I adjusted well and I have loved living in Waterloo in my first year. I met amazing people and we have had a wonderful hanging out, exploring Waterloo, and going out to eat! Living on residence was definitely one of the best experiences in my life because of the freedom to make your own decisions. Everyone has been so supportive and I feel that I have built a second family with everyone that I have met.