October 4, 2016
Name: Shaiyan Khan
Year: 4th year
What have you gained from being on exchange?
Well…I can swear in, like, ten different languages now.
Beyond that, honestly, I’ve realized that I really know nothing about the world. A lot of the content I consume is about business (or hip-hop, fantasy novels, or other extremely narrow interests). I don’t want to make this a blanket question to all business students (though I think it’s true for a lot of us), but what about world history? What about the religions of the world? What about languages? What about the arts? For me, I think being on exchange in France is slowly bringing me out of my little business bubble, and it has me hungry to learn about far more than just what my university degree says.
Also, French people love to dress up well to go to class. Do they not believe in sweatpants here??
What’s your favourite Laurier moment?
LAZSOC PLEASE – this question is literally triggering a quarter-life crisis.
Boiling down the past three years to a single favourite moment would have me reminiscing in the fetal position for the next 24 hours – apparently not socially acceptable in France – so instead I’ll share the first memory that came into my head.
Exam time makes university students do some weird things. I remember when I first discovered the library in 3A – I’m a bit slow – I would camp out there for entire days studying beside roommates with nothing but energy drinks and each other’s company. Not a good mix. One night we walked into an empty elevator to head home and, naturally, the gallons of caffeine and pent up testosterone got us into a 4-man wrestling match. Of course, the elevator doors opened before we expected them to, and a couple of students got the pleasure of seeing four 21-year old men acting like literal 6-year olds.
The best part? They weren’t even fazed. Honestly I think that’s when it hit me that you really can be whoever you want here at Laurier. Just maybe don’t act like a 6-year old all the time.
“WLU Elevator Wrestling Team”
What advice do you have for first year students?
I’ve spent a lot of time looking for a functional area of business that I enjoy. And, over and over, I’ve realized that I suck at most of them. I think this was really important for me: finding out what you don’t want to do is often just as important as finding out what you do want to do. But I think this struggle was also just a product of searching for a career the wrong way. Compartmentalizing yourself into broad buckets – “accounting”, “finance”, “marketing” – is a pretty constricting way to look for a career. Instead of a field, look for a goal. The best career for you will be the intersection of what you enjoy, what you are good at, and what the world needs.
What do I enjoy? I want to be a rapper (I promise you I already have a track-list written out and everything).
Am I a good rapper? Oh god, no.
Does the world need another rapper out of Mississauga handing out mixtapes in Square One? Please…no.
What’s your favourite on campus meal?
Any milkshake at Wilf’s because I am a 6-year old and I can’t stop eating dessert.
What’s the best place to go out on a Thursday night?
Honestly I’m more of a casual-drinks-and-dinner kind of guy on most nights. Except for Sundays…that Phil’s pole is mine.
What’s your favourite course you’ve taken at Laurier?
Remember that whole “find what you enjoy, what you’re good at, and what the world needs” thing that I talked about a couple questions ago? Once you answer that question, go build an Independent Study Unit around it, now.
I took an Independent Study Unit in 3B where I got to do a pro-bono consulting engagement with the Boston Consulting Group. The course was built alongside Sofy Carayannopoulos, who we all know and love; and Srin Sridharan, the G.O.A.T. and 12-year JDCC competitor that graduated from WLU and now works at BCG. It was unreal. The course was built around weekly team meetings where we would iterate a slide deck that tried to unearth the underlying problems in child care in Canada, and eventually present it to the non-profit organization that we were consulting for. I honestly don’t think you can get a more customized learning experience in university than an Independent Study Unit, and frankly not nearly enough students know about them.
Favourite place you’ve travelled?
I wouldn’t exactly say this was a place per se, but “La Tomatina” in Buñol, Spain has definitely been one of the highlights of my trip so far. If you aren’t familiar, Google it NOW. Long story short, waves of trucks come through the alleyways of Buñol and just dump tomatoes for an hour of pure unbridled tomato warfare. It was a legitimate blur – honestly all I remember was being knee-deep in tomato juice (so, for everyone else, that’s like ankle-deep), and maybe a concussion or two.
If you’re not afraid to lose a few brain cells from taking a few tomatoes to the head, I can’t recommend this event enough.
7:00PM- Laurier Economics Club – EC270 Mock Midterm 1
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