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BComm student Yassmin Ghotb leads Lang's student investment club, which uses a $100,000 in funding to invest in the global stock market. Her student experiences at Lang have boosted her leadership, management and collaboration skills.
"I’ve been able to create my own path by bridging the concepts and theory I've learned in class with real-world, experiential learning. "
Yassmin Ghotb, BComm
Major: Management Economics and Finance
Hometown: Waterloo, ON
Why did you choose UofG/Lang for your Commerce degree?
"Lang was the right fit for me. It was easy to see the sense of comradery between students and faculty and that it would be an environment that would help me to reach my full potential. From major-specific student organizations to networking events offered by the School, I saw that I could apply classroom learning to the real world. It was evident that everyone at Lang wants you to succeed and offer the opportunities to make that happen."
What additional experiences have you added to your degree?
"I plan to enter the workforce in the financial sector. I see myself on Bay Street, gaining experience working for a financial institution, in addition to pursuing further education.
In my first year, I joined The Young Economists’ Society (YES) on the executive team and DECA, an international business case competition, as a delegate and worked my way onto the executive team where I now act as the Chairperson. I’ve participated in some external case competitions hosted at neighbouring universities including the Ted Rogers Management Conference, where my team placed first in the case competition and Expand Your Empire, where our team brought $6,000 home to the University. I currently act as the Internal Manager of the Guelph Student Investment Council (GSIC), where I manage a team of 50 students that work to generate returns on a $100,000 portfolio for the University that was generously sponsored by Fidelity Investments Canada. For me, student involvement has truly made a difference."
How have these experiences helped you shape your career path?
"I’ve had the opportunity to meet executives at companies that I dream to work for someday and get firsthand advice on how to get there. Involvement in extracurriculars has helped me narrow my vision for the future and has given me the step-up in my pursuit of achieving those goals."
Looking back on your time at Lang, how do you feel you have grown as a person?
"I came to the University of Guelph without a concrete idea of what industry I wanted to work in after graduating. When I got to UofG, I wasn’t comfortable speaking in public and would not have used the word “leader” to describe myself. I’ve learned that setting yourself up for success involves stepping out of your comfort zone and taking risks. I’ve become a leader, and I feel confident in myself and my career pursuit."