Management & Marketing: Student Testimonials

Amanda Cosentino

Specialist: Management Co-op - Marketing

What factors contributed to you choosing your program(s)?
 

I had a lot of things running through my mind when I was trying to pick a program. The main reason why I selected this program was because a few of my cousins had taken this program years ago and had incredible co-op experiences. After hearing about how they got jobs right after graduation, thanks to co-op, I knew this program was for me. I am someone who needs to learn hands on and apply what I learned from the textbook in the real world. Not to mention, I also love working with people that have the same level of passion and drive as I do. Co-op also allowed me to explore a bunch of different areas; this was important to me because I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. All in all, I made the right choice; it might have been the most challenging option, but it is certainly the right one for me.

Can you describe your program(s)? What is it actually like?

Challenge. That is one word that completely describes the Management Program. You will never catch a break in this program; you will always have to work hard and put your mind to whatever you have to do, even if you don’t particularly like it. This is exactly what real leaders do day in and day out. This program will truly give you the experience to lead. Each and every day, you are training your mind for a marathon that will span your entire career. Embrace the highs and the lows; you will learn something about yourself every step of the way.

What tips/advice can you provide to students just starting or considering this program(s)?

Study. Now is the time to learn. If you value your time, effort and money, take this program seriously. Make sure you are ahead of the curve and always on top of your work because it certainly piles up a lot faster than you think. Live a little. Okay, maybe more than a little. Just because this program is challenging doesn’t mean you should lock yourself in your room when you’re not in class. Go to the gym, join a club, go out at night and interact with people! And most importantly, be the first person to say hi! Even in my third-year classes I don’t know everyone all the time. Say “hi”, you are all on the same boat! Everyone needs a friend! Be Confident. I am not the best when it comes to math. That is quite paradoxical since 80% of the courses I have taken are math based. Be confident in what you know, who you are, and what your strengths are. Don’t be afraid to ask for help, spend long hours with the TA, or email the Professor. Your confidence will only continue to grow when you work hard. Don’t compare yourself to others just to put yourself down. Study, live a little, and be confident in yourself!

What will you do with your degree after graduation? (Future plans?)

Maybe I’ll change the world, maybe I’ll only change a few lives, but wherever I end up, I know I will be successful. I understand and truly value hard work, that’s why I believe what you put in, is what you’ll get out.

What has your academic journey during your time been like as you progress toward graduation?

This academic journey has actually been turning out to be more of a personal expedition. Through my academic work, I have figured out what I like and what I don’t, what my strengths are and where I need to improve. A major part of my journey has included co-op which is where I was able to apply my knowledge and skills to learn who I really am – in the classroom and in the workplace. This entire journey has been an uphill battle for me at times, but at the end of each semester, I have looked back and been proud of all the work and learning I was able to accomplish.

Carmen Cristina Radoescu

Specialist: Management (including Economics) and Marketing Co-op

What factors contributed to you choosing your program(s)?
 
I've always tried to find what I am passionate about. At the beginning I was confused but through coop I've discovered that Management and Marketing are interesting and compelling.
 
Can you describe your program(s)? What is it actually like?
 
One word for it would be: tough. It pushes you to the limits and challenges you to move forward. Every class, every course teaches you something new. You don't just learn the history and theory but you also look at future and current events
 
What tips/advice can you provide to students just starting or considering this program(s)?
 
Do your assigned work, but also find a field that you are interested in.
 
What will you do with your degree after graduation? (Future plans?)
 
I am planning on completing my MBA, and also work on projects that have an impact on a large scale.
 
What has your academic journey during your time been like as you progress toward graduation?
 
Currently, I am in my forth year. The UofT staff has made a tremendous impact on my journey. Each year I met new co-op advisors and professors that have changed and shaped my life in ways I could have never imagined. My experience has been outstanding.