Hey guys! Today’s blog post is written by Ryerson Business Management student, Charles. Enjoy!
Hi there! my name’s Charles, and I’m currently the Executive Vice President of the Ryerson Commerce Society!
The Ryerson Commerce Society, or RCS, The RCS is an elected, student-run organization focused on providing services to our students, hosting milestone events, and supporting the diverse student groups within the Ted Rogers School of Management.
Throughout the year, the RCS provides support to over 30 different student groups (both course unions, and interest based groups!), some focused on different aspects of our studies at TRS, and others focused on business related interests! Between the RCS and these different groups, there’s always opportunities to get involved!
We’re also the only Business Student Association in Canada to offer our students 100% conference funding for certain conferences in North America.
The RCS is one of 5 societies on campus representing their own specific faculties, each holding their own events, services and initiatives for their faculty, alongside our Students Union.
So what has my Ryerson journey been like you may wonder? Well…….
I began my time with the RCS by joining the Breakthrough Program, a Launchpad for select first year business students to student involvement while challenging their business skills throughout the year in a variety of different sessions (that could be you!!!). I was able to begin creating my network among students, faculty, and externals, while learning about TRS and Ryerson, Pitch and Network properly, and learning how to compete in Case Competitions.
From there, I was lucky enough to join as a Project Manager, and quickly became solely responsible for the Breakthrough Program. Planning and organizing sessions, working with first year students and incorporating a mentorship aspect into the program throughout the year. I also worked on many other projects, working frequently with different stakeholders on campus, like the Business Career Hub, TRS Facilities, and TRS Catering.
And then came elections
I was fortunate to be elected as the Executive Vice president for the 2015-2016 year in February of 2015!
So far, I can say that the RCS has helped me in two ways. Firstly, it has challenged me, with my time management and organization skills and pushed me out of my comfort zone. While no one really wants to be pushed out of their comfort zone, it’s a very rewarding experience, and you quickly get comfortable in your new environment.
The other major benefit that I received throughout my experiences with the RCS was the opportunity to apply my education to the projects and initiatives we pursued. From executing projects using different tools I learnt from Project Management classes, to the skills I learnt in dealing with teams from my management focused classes, student leadership is a very rewarding experience.
I’ve learned many things so far at Ryerson, but I think one of the biggest things I can say I’ve learnt, is the importance of getting involved, even a little bit. Constantly learning and pushing yourself out of your comfort zone is scary, but so incredibly worth it.
If you don’t believe me, believe Terry Crews