Name: Nimisha Bhatia
Program: BBA, Specialization in Marketing and Minor in Statistics and Financial Mathematics
What was the hardest adjustment from High School to University?
Coming from a completely different background to a different country in itself was a huge change. But I believe one of the main challenges was to open up and get involved with the Laurier community. I was a very involved person in High School however, coming to university and meeting so many people, with various skills intimidated me. It took me at least a year to start talking to clubs and attending events. My only regret has been, why didn’t I do it sooner? You not only get involved, but also discover yourself. The only reason I have been able to identify what I want to do in the future is because of my involvement in this University and the people I met through the Laurier community.
What was the most nerve racking part about going to University, and how did you overcome it?
I initially joined Laurier as part of the double degree program.( BBA and Financial Mathematics). Academics has always been my main focus and I pushed myself further every day. But there’s always a limit. I recently shifted my degree and am currently pursuing BBA. The most nerve racking part is when you reach your breaking point. You’re away from home, the environment is new, and all this new information and material is being thrown at you. Becoming so busy and stressed was incredibly difficult, but I made the changes I needed to in order to overcome my battles.I talked to my parents, professors, counsellors and especially my friends. They formed the support system I needed to change my behavior. I started taking better care of myself and I shifted my degree because I couldn’t see a future for myself. Moral of the story haha: It’s ALWAYS good to GET HELP, be it from parents, friends, seniors, professors or counsellors. You don’t have to make it through alone.
In your opinion, what is the BEST thing about Laurier? What makes it unique?
The small campus, hands down. First of all all the buildings are super close on campus which means your classes aren’t too far from each other. But more than that, I feel like I’m in a close knit community because one of the 5 faces that pass by me, I recognize and say hi to! It’s amazing, people from different encounters, even a small one such as opening a door, could lead to a conversation and a “Hello” the next day. You don’t feel lost, it feels like home and getting involved results in more friendships and more familiar faces! I’m currently part of the Golden Speakers Club, which allows members of the Laurier community to share their stories while improving their public speaking skills. Throughout the year, the Club hosts a variety of impactful and often life-changing events, such as a Speaker Showcase and a Public Speaking Boot Camp. This year, our goal is to introduce students to different corporate fields through our alumni network. I think the clubs on campus really allow us to make these bonds while improving ourselves, and that is what I am looking forward to this year!
What is your dream job?
A Career in Marketing Analytics
If you could hang out with any celebrity for the day who would it be and why?
J.K. Rowling! I’m a HUUUUUUUUUGE fan of the Harry Potter franchise. I think it would be amazing to meet the Woman who Lived and never gave up during personal problems or rejections. She made it through and I would absolutely love to know how she encouraged and motivated herself to chase her dreams. Embracing self love, inspiring an entire generation and falling off of the Forbes list of billionaire writers just because of the large donations she makes to charities are just some of the reasons I would love to meet her! AND, I would also like to get some inside scoop of any upcoming Harry Potter movies or books.
If you could throw any kind of party, what would it be like and what would it be for?
DANCE OFFS. I have always loved the Step Up movies and wanted to live it in real life. We could all contribute money donations in which a portion would be used to host the parties and dance offs. Everyone competing would have a charity in mind to contribute the money to. The winner would receive the money which they could contribute to the charity of their choice. A great combination of doing something absolutely awesome for a good cause!
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