Bwalya Kasanda As a business student, I have been too focused on business-related industries and thus developed blind spots to other industries or sectors which are just as relevant, therefore hearing keynote Dr. Agnes Binagwaho speak in great detail on health strategies that are universally applicable in effecting sustainable developmental change reshaped my perspective on the scope on issues worth considering and that we ought to take a more holistic approach to problem sol
Madison Schulte As a student who is interested in pursuing a career in higher education and student affairs, this opportunity allowed me to learn more about the field. I was able to attend over 15 sessions about a variety of current, relevant topics in student affairs- most of which were focused on social justice and equality, a topic I am extremely passionate about.
Lauren King "To change the world, your world has to change”— I gained the insight that individuals who can make great change often do not want to make changes that affect them directly. While I do not hold the same level of influence as Bill Gates, I realized that this principle applies to my own life and desire to impart change.
Samana Taqvi Throughout the 3-day event, I got the opportunity to meet other talented students and hear about their projects as well as take part in other activities like cup staking and karaoke during breaks. At the project expo, we presented our solution to visitors at least 20 times to both sponsor judges and other students from companies like Microsoft, Rogers, RBC, SmartCar and Google.
Tiffany Chang From managing teams ranging in size from ten to upwards of fifty, to maintaining and developing international relations and forming business partnerships, the organization essentially provides a real-life simulation of the business world, maybe with less risks, but with all the learning outcomes and insights that any job on the market might compete to provide.
Haseenah Molumo Throughout the day, I heard speeches from Kathy Calvin (President and CEO of the UN foundation), Anne Fulenwider (Editor-in-Chief of Marie Claire), Huda Kattan (founder of Huda Beauty), and many more amazing female bosses.. My trip to Boston was a unique learning experience that helped me develop my personal and professional skills, and I am truly grateful to Exco for allowing me to partake in the journey.
Celia Yu The exposition itself was a whirlwind of excitement, nerves, and learning. Listening to how other schools have generated so much impact in their communities truly inspired me to enact the same change here in Vancouver. I sincerely recommend anyone who has the opportunity to attend major conferences to do so at least once.
Karen (Jialin) Xu There was an extensive coverage of consumer packaged goods brands, where we got a strong breakdown of the culture at these different companies and had the opportunity of networking with some of the professionals there.
Yujin (Claire) Song By attending this hackathon, I exercised my ability to work within a team environment to collaboratively create a quality product by leveraging the strengths of each individual member in a short time period. I learned so many things from being around these smart coders, business people, designers, and more. I could have never had this experience without ExCO so thank you very much for making the last semester of my undergrad memorable!