When I was applying to university, the top business schools in Ontario were the Smith School of Business (Queens University) in Kingston, Schulich School of Business (York University) in Toronto, Lazaridis School of Business (Wilfred Laurier) in Waterloo and Ivey School of Business (Western) in London, Ontario. While these are historically great universities, with large alumni networks and top notch professors, they didn’t stand out to me.
I considered university an opportunity to live in a new city, to experience a new culture for 4-5 years of my undergraduate degree. And surprisingly (or not), Kingston, London and Waterloo did not fit the ‘exciting new city’ profile I was seeking and Toronto was too close to home, therefore it would not give me the freedom I needed in order to grow as a person. So I looked elsewhere and that’s when I came across the Sprott School of Business.
The Sprott School of Business at Carleton University, is a relatively new business school however age is just a number in this scenario. Sprott offers a unique Bachelor of International Business program that requires students to take intensive language training in the first two years of their degree. For me, that was 8 hours of Spanish every week in my first year and 6 hours in my second year. All this learning is in preparation for a mandatory year-long exchange where students will be given the chance to utilize their new language in the classroom (i.e. take your business classes in another language). I knew this was the program for me as this degree would differentiate me from the thousands of business graduates across the country.
Additionally, the Sprott School of Business is AACSB Accredited, offers a unique case program to improve critical thinking, problem solving and public speaking abilities titled Sprott Competes, provides smaller classroom settings making it easier to develop professional relationships with professors but most importantly, the business school at Sprott is a family and provides an unbelievable support system to its students. #SprottLove
While the journey thus far hasn’t always been easy, it has been memorable. As of today, I am currently preparing to study abroad in Bogotá, Colombia at the Colegio de Estudios Superiores de Administración (CESA) for the year 2017. Once abroad, I will be continuously updating this blog with stories from my travels, featuring experiences at school in a new country, living outside your comfort zone and living in a new culture. I look forward to sharing my stories with you.