Hey HOEMies! My name is Brad and I am one of HOEM’s Event Organizers. I am a secondyear business management student pursuing a Marketing major and a Law and Business minor at the Ted Rogers School of Management. I originally come from a very small town near Kingston and I choose Ryerson because of it’s unique downtown location.
Coming to a new city and a new school I wanted to ensure I got the typical ‘first year university experience’, so living in residence was a top priority for me. Living in residence was great because it helped me grow and become more independent. I also made so many new lifelong friends.
I loved living in residence so much I decided to live with two friends I met in first year in a HOEM three bedroom for my second year. HOEM is a residence building like no other. With study rooms on every floor, a gym, several weekly events and a huge common living room, it has everything you could ever want. Each apartment is very new and modern and mine came with an amazing view. I especially liked having my own kitchen because it has allowed me to cook meals for myself and not be reliant on the cafeteria foods like last year.
Living on campus has given me the unique opportunity to get more involved in school activities. I initially got involved in my first year by being a mentee of the TRSS Breakthrough Program and then I graduated the program and then became a mentor in my second year. I also worked with the Ted Rogers Students’ Society as a creative associate and I primarily focus on the creative content creation, including creating the TRSS YouTube channel (please subscribe!). I also previously worked with the Ryerson Students’ Union. Next year I will be the Vice President of Marketing for the Human Resources Students Association and will be returning to the marketing committee of TRSS.
Getting involved in student groups have completely shaped my university experience. It has taught me the importance of team work, exposed me to new experiences and opportunities as well as has introduced me to most of my best friends.
When I’m not busy with student groups, studying or work, I love to take advantage of my free time by exploring Toronto, seeing new places, hanging out with my friends as well as attending events and speeches. I have been lucky to attend speeches of Prince Harry, Michelle Obama, Hillary and Bill Clinton, Ellen DeGeneres as well as I’ve attended several TIFF red carpets and conferences- all things I wouldn’t have been able to do in my hometown.
I am so grateful with my school experience so far, and I am so lucky to be part of the student population that has been given the opportunity to live on campus. I am thankful for this because it allows me to stay involved without wasting time commuting and has allowed me to meet some of my best friends.
Thank you for listening to my story, and I wish you all the best of luck with your university years! Make sure you make the best of them by getting involved, meeting new people and enjoying Toronto.