So you’re a business student. Now what?
Before you comfortably slip into “first year indo-lence”, take a glimpse into the wider world of your possibilities as an undergraduate student here at the University of Guelph.
You see, the problem with first year indolence (and its concomitant “oh no worries, I’ll try/get involved next year” rationalization) is that there is always the possibility that it continues past first year. Every student runs the risk of becoming passively receptive opposed to actively inquisitive, but it is this active inquiry—directed both externally and introspectively—which enriches the university experience and your person as part of the university community.
Confused? Lost? Well don’t fret yet because this article will focus on three key areas to bust the trend and kick-start your active edification.
In a world of continually increasing academic spe-cialization, students at UoG are lucky to have the opportu-nity to contextualize their knowledge and facilitate critical thinking through interdisciplinary studies, both within and outside the business program. Take time to read sections in the paper you wouldn’t otherwise read; take a class you previously assumed was “too removed” from your speciali-zation; and mutually share knowledge with people of differ-ent academic backgrounds.
Our second tip is Get Involved. University brings with it a whole new atmosphere: new environments, new peo-ple, new ways of think-ing, and new habits—some for better, and some for worse. A perfect way to guide your experience in the positive direction is to get involved.
As you may already know, there is a plethora of organizations on campus appealing to a gamut of hobbies, interests, and passions. Whether it’s a charity, advocacy group, or special interest group, getting involved is one of the best ways to meet new people, contribute to the community, en-courage personal growth, or just do something good. Don’t be shy, sit in on an organization that catches your eye; many will tell you that their decision to do so has been amongst their most rewarding in University.
Finally, Be Conscious. On the on end, sustainability and social awareness don’t just effectively appear in office decision making, they must be bred as philosophies and ways of life in the people contributing to those decisions; on the other end, as consumers, we both actively and passively have the power to control the direction businesses take through our purchasing decisions and consumption choices. Everyday on campus, we are faced with these very decisions, so on top of academic and extra-curricular commitment to sustain-ability, here are a few tips in the right direction for everyday sustainable living:
- Use a reusable mug and water bottle. Quite simply too much wasted paper, plastic, and money.
- Use reusable bags and containers. For groceries, school lunches, or just transporting goods, ditch the plastic bags and try using tupper-ware and a backpack or reusable nylon bag.
- Walk, bike or use public transit. Take advantage of the dedication—and the resulting convenience—put into ensuring adequate bus routes and facilities for bike parking .
- Stay in touch with the Net impact website and monthly newsletter for useful guides to sustainable living!