My name is Bela. I recently graduated from the Business Management program, majoring in Economics and Management Science. I hope to follow my passion in economics and teaching to become a professor.
How would you describe your program to someone who knows nothing about it?
The Business Management program provides the option to select one of seven majors in Economics and Management Science, Entrepreneurship, Global Management Studies, Human Resources Management, Law and Business, Marketing Management or Real Estate Management. There is also a co-op option, which is a fantastic way to gain work experience and network with industry professionals. During your first year, you have the opportunity to be in a variety of business-related courses before choosing your major. During this time, it is important to be open to trying new areas in business. Previously, I used to claim that I disliked economics and would never select that major. However, I would have missed out on the opportunity to pursue something I am now very passionate about.
What is your favourite thing about your program?
My favourite thing about my program is the amazing faculty that support the students in their studies. If I had not discussed the possibility of majoring in economics with a couple of professors, I most likely would have not chosen to pursue this subject area.
What is your favourite thing about Ryerson?
My favourite thing about Ryerson is the overall campus experience. I always describe Ryerson to others as the most diverse campus that caters to all types of students. The Student Learning Centre (SLC) provides an abundance of study space. The SLC has eight floors that each have a different theme and layout. If you wanted to work on a group project, there is a variety of study rooms that can be booked. Or if you wanted to have a quiet study area, the seventh floor has been designated as the quiet study space. On the other hand, if you wanted a break from studying there are a wide range of activities available that are within walking distance. For instance, ice skating at Nathan Phillip’s Square or Ryerson’s Lake Devo in the colder months is just a few minutes walk away.
Or you can choose to visit either of Ryerson’s two gyms: the Ryerson Athletic Centre (RAC) or the Mattamy Athletic Centre (MAC). Since I am one of the many students that commute to Ryerson, there are days when I am on campus for a long time. Having the option to explore and engage in a variety of activities is great.
What has been your greatest accomplishment so far in your program?
My greatest accomplishment is being awarded with the Economics and Management Science Excellence Scholarship two years in a row. It was an amazing opportunity to be recognized for my academic accomplishments. The Department of Economics holds an annual award ceremony to celebrate the achievements of the award recipients. There is an opportunity to engage with professors, industry professionals and other Ryerson students.
What has been your favourite class that you’ve taken?
A class that I recommend to everyone is PSY 615 – Psychology of Belief and Skepticism. I thoroughly enjoyed learning about common errors in thinking we all make on a daily basis. An interesting component of the course was why individuals believe in some controversial yet very relevant beliefs. Being aware of our cognitive limits allows us to critically think about ideas, people and events.
Has your perception of your program changed from the beginning of first year to now?
Prior to joining Ryerson, I had a weak background in math. Initially I was very nervous about studying economics. It didn’t help that among other business management students, economics is known to be the “most difficult major”. From the fear that was instilled into me from other students, I used to believe that the work would be too challenging, and that I did not have the skills to succeed. However, the courses are designed to help students perform well. For instance, in my second year I took three math and statistics courses that prepared me for the remainder of my undergraduate degree. In addition, I found the SLC math tutoring help center to be exceptionally helpful with course work. Looking back, I now realize that with the appropriate work, dedication and use of on-campus services, anyone can perform well.
What is your advice for future students in your program?
Keep challenging yourselves and follow your passions regardless of what anyone tells you (including yourself). In terms of achieving success in the program, I recommend working smart instead of working hard. To achieve this, you need to get to know yourself and what types of studying habits work best. Personally, I found that having a good schedule is crucial to achieving success in university. I would try to have no more than two classes a day that were ideally spread out by a few hours. This gap would encourage me to study between classes. It is important to get to know your strengths/weaknesses and leverage them accordingly.