You may never think a semester at university can shape your future, but I’m here to tell you – it’s possible!
I don’t even know where to start with my time at A&M but to summarise it in one phrase, I’ve had the best year of my life. Its hard to believe that almost nine months ago I boarded my flight to LAX; to say time has flown by is an understatement. I joined two organisations, which was probably one of the best decisions I made and I wouldn’t have half the time I had if I wasn’t apart of them. International Business Association allowed me to meet other exchange students in the Mays Business School, which was really helpful at the start when I first arrived because I had other people to relate to. I also joined a sophomore leadership organisation called Slide and we had a strong presence on campus promoting sexual assault awareness and mental health.
For the last two months, I’ve been living and working in Orlando, Florida at the most magical place on earth – Walt Disney World. Now that I’ve completed all my training and have had a bit of time to settle into my role, I’ve had a chance to reflect on my experience so far.
Do you have a pet shark?
On Thursday 1 March, myself and three other QUT business students, Andrew Trubshaw, Jess Bohan and Jasmine Darvill set off to compete at the Sauder Summit, a week-long global consulting case competition. Hosted by the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, the Sauder Summit pits students representing twelve of the world’s most prestigious business schools against each other to create solutions for real and complex business situations. The competition format involves two 5-hour cases that determine seeding for a final, winner takes all 24-hour case.
On Friday, February 16, a team of four QUT students boarded an international flight to swap Brisbane’s heatwave for the Montreal snow. Brodie Wilson, Bec Colbrook, Elliott Flowers and myself were set to represent QUT at the John Molson Undergraduate Case Competition (JMUCC), hosted by Concordia University, Montreal.
I’ve been in Brisbane for over a month and have witnessed and interacted with women across different cultures and ages. I’ve heard them talk about their careers in workshops and seminars, seen some juggling parenthood and studies, read about some successful entrepreneurs and their new ventures.
This semester exchange is far too much to put into one post, so I’d like to take a slightly different approach and share one week instead, a trip up to the north of Sweden and Norway with many new friends from all over the world.
So, I’m located in Oslo, studying at BI University (amazing by the way!), but this trip officially began in Sweden, so near midnight on a cold February Friday, I boarded a bus destined for the beautiful city of Stockholm, where we would depart around midday. This next leg was another bus trip but much longer at 20 hours, driving to the far north. That’s right, two whole nights on a bus: in a 48-hour period we would be spending 28 of those hours crammed like sardines. I remember thinking “this better be worth it!”, and luckily it blew my expectations away.
As I commenced my final year of study in my Bachelor’s degree in Business (Advertising) and Fine Art (Interactive and Visual Design), I knew it was time to get serious about my career. The Brisbane Advertising Association Scholarship really appealed to me as part of the scholarship involved a mentoring program with a range of advertising professionals and I was yet to gain industry experience. Applying for the scholarship was one of the best decisions I made in my final year at QUT; the knowledge and industry contacts I gained from the experience proved to be invaluable and thoroughly prepared me for the transition from university to my career. The application process was similar to applying for a job, I provided a cover letter and resume as well as written and video responses to personal and analytical questions and this was then followed up with an interview. If you are considering applying, go ahead and give it a shot, you have nothing to lose and the application process is great preparation for applying and interviewing for jobs.