Posted By: Katie Hayes on February 24, 2009
It is really hard to believe that we are roughly three-quarters of the way through first year. More extraordinary than how quickly the time has flown by has been how much I have learned during the months that I have been in the program. Having entered Queen’s without any business courses or experience from high school, I now have at least a foundation in so many different aspects of commerce. With midterms out of the way, only one set of exams remains- which is an exciting thought! I am starting to look forward to May, when I will be heading down to Peru to work in a village in the Andes mountains, volunteering at a local medical practice. I hope that the experience will be both rewarding and educational, and it will certainly serve as a nice change of pace from the fast-paced life we are used to here at Queen’s.
Now that the majority of my first year is behind me, I thought I’d share the three things I like the most about Queen’s School of Business:
3. The wide variety of amazing, eye-opening conferences
This year, I had the opportunity to attend three ComSoc conferences as a delegate- QMAC, (Marketing) QFAC (Finance) and, coming up this weekend, QCIB (International Business). I can speak only with respect to QMAC and QFAC, as QCIB has not yet occurred, but it seems to be a general theme amongst all commerce conferences that the speakers are awesome, you have a ton of fun during the day and at the evening socials, and everyone comes away having gained new perspective and insight into the industry in which the conference is geared towards. This was definitely true of my experience, and I am excited to be working on the executive for next year’s finance conference which will hopefully uphold the tradition of excellence that all Queen’s conferences share.
2. The interactive nature of classes
Being in a small class where students are encouraged to participate is, for me at least, a great learning environment. I find that it allows for us to not only hear what the professor has to say, but also what our peers think about the subject matter. In commerce classes, I find that I pay more attention because I know that I can ask questions if I need to, and that others will do the same. In all of our classes, we also have name tags- this allows not only for the professors to get familiar with us but also allows us to familiarize ourselves with our classmates, and is perfect for someone like me who has trouble remembering names.
3. The strong sense of community within the commerce faculty
Coming from a graduating class of 500 students, ‘downsizing’ to a year of just over 300 students seemed at first to be a bit counter intuitive. However, I have to say that being able to recognize and chat to a large portion of people in my year has definitely made me feel more at home in the commerce faculty. During midterms or exam times, it’s awesome to see everyone helping each other out and working together, and to know that if I have trouble with a subject, I just need to walk down the hall to any of the other ‘commies’ on my floor for help.
If course there’s more reasons, but for now those are my top three.