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Ted Rogers

Updated: Jul 28, 2020

Anushri Patel

Anushri is a fourth-year student studying business management at Ryerson University — Ted Rogers School of Management. More specifically, she is majoring in business and law. Her hobbies include traveling, eating food, and meeting new people to get to know them.

Program-Specific Questions

Why did you choose to go to Ted Rogers for the program you’re currently in?

With my program, a lot of other universities offered similar courses, but I chose Ted Rogers because of the convenience — I get to live at home and commute to school, whereas for other universities I would have to live on campus. The other universities I looked into were McMaster, Laurier, UOIT, and UofT.

What does your program offer?

Business management is a huge program and within it I believe there are 7 majors, such as marketing, law and business, entrepreneurship, economics, and more. So, there’s a whole variety of majors you can choose from and you can also choose to do a minor if you’d like. You can pretty much do everything you want, which is why I like the program.

Do you have tips on saving money (e.g., textbooks)?

A lot of the time for my program you can get ebooks or there’s an option from the bookstore where you can buy used books. I suggest getting ebooks because in the first couple years in this program, a lot of the courses I took were generic and everyone in the program had to take these courses, so ebooks were easy to find. Once you start diving into your selected major it’s a lot harder, but again I suggest trying to find ebooks or used books to save money. There’s also a Facebook group where a lot of people post to sell and buy used textbooks and you can save so much money! Also, some professors will say that you need the current version of a textbook, but sometimes it’s not necessary to buy the exact version and you can go 1 or 2 versions behind. A lot of the times the newer versions only change things like small spelling errors. Just keep a look out for everything and it should be fine.

University-Specific Questions

Are there any rumours you think should be addressed for your university?

As I was growing up, Ryerson was pretty looked down on compared to other schools and that’s a huge misconception. For example, the content I’m learning at Ryerson is oftentimes not taught at other schools. There’s this one course I took (Law 204) where the material we learned was the equivalent to what other students learn in an actual law school — so you’re getting law school education in an undergraduate program. I honestly feel like it’s a good school; I’ve learned so much and a lot of the professors and people I’ve met are really nice.

Is there any advice you would like to give to high school students about your university, or general advice?

A lot of the times there’s a misconception that your whole life depends on whichever university you want to go to and what program you choose. But honestly speaking, because I’m a fourth-year student and I’m sort of looking into where I want to go in my life, an undergrad degree is great for you to figure out what you want to do specifically. For me, business management is my program but I’m majoring in law and business. All this time I’ve thought “I want to go to law school to become a lawyer”, and what I’m majoring in has affected my perspective of what sort of lawyer I want to be and what sort of law I want to focus on.

The advice I would like to give is, don’t fixate so much on a specific program if you’re not too sure what program you want to go into. Take a whole of bunch of courses in first year to see what interests you and then after that you can choose. There’s no set specific date when you must finish and graduate. You don’t have to graduate on time because university is something where you can choose to go at your own speed — it just depends on what you want to do. Focus on what you want to do, don’t stress yourself, and live your life. Take your time because you’re not going to get these moments back. Be happy with what you choose because if you’re not content with what you’re studying, you’re not going to like it and that might affect your grades and how you present yourself.

The only advice I would really give for my program is: do your readings!

Your Experience

How have you gotten involved on campus, and how do you balance school and student life?

Personally speaking, I have not joined any student groups and I feel like this will probably be one of my biggest regrets. I think it was because I didn’t want to step out of my comfort zone. Growing up, I was always a shy person and I feel like that did affect my student life. Because I’m not involved a lot in school, there are so many opportunities that I don’t know about or that I’ve missed. This does impact you in a certain way, but I’m not saying you have to join a student group — it’s your personal decision.

In the end, my advice for school and social life is to join student groups because there are many different opportunities you get from them and you get to meet many new people. For me personally, I did both school and work, and I managed those two with time management. Time management is such an important skill to have, and this goes for joining student groups, working part-time, and doing full-time school! Deadlines, midterms, and finals come by so quickly and studying last minute doesn’t help if you want to get good grades. There are some courses where you can afford to study last minute but in general, try to study bit by bit.

What do you like about your program?

The diversity — what I truly like is that people from all across the city and the world come to learn here. You get to hear different opinions, beliefs, and ideas. There’s so much diversity at Ryerson in general. I love how everyone can come together and just talk about the different experiences they’ve had and you can help each other learn a lot better with your different examples and ideas.

What would you change about your school/program if you could?

I’m a type of person who learns better in smaller classroom sizes. In my program, you easily have 500–600 students in the same room as you and it’s nerve-wracking if you want to ask questions in that big of a class. So, what I would want to change is reducing the class sizes to have fewer distractions, and to have closer relationships with the professors. In fourth year the classes are smaller, like 80–100 students and some have 50 students or less, but it just depends on the class, such as if it’s mandatory or not.

Interviewed by Amanda Chang

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