It’s almost been 10 months since I started the SFU Beedie Master of Financial Risk Management (FRM) program. I have been feeling a strange mixture of relief, anxiety, and depression at the thought that I’ll be graduating from the program soon. It seems like only yesterday that I landed at Vancouver International Airport anticipating an exciting year ahead. But on the other hand, I feel like I have a new group of friends that I have known for years.
This semester, I have another five courses. One of them includes my final project, where I get to work together with my supervisors. Even with the heavy workload, I’m trying to engage in more extracurricular activities and networking events.
The SFU Beedie Student Investment Advisory Service (SIAS) Team had our 2011 Quarter 1 presentation last week and it was a great success. These presentations are a great way to meet industry professionals and broaden our network. Some of my classmates found their internships this way. The benefits of an internship are quite clear: an opportunity to apply what we learn in the classroom, experience a new field and most importantly, land a job offer after the internship.
I also had the opportunity to visit New York for a week as a member of the SIAS team. Students who have been actively involved in the student-run investment fund can apply for this trip to meet with executives, visit trading desks and learn about the operations of various firms. This is a great reward for the student contributions to SIAS, the MFRM program and the Beedie School of Business. I believe that the experience gained from participating in SIAS makes us great ambassadors for our program.
Finally, Corporate Championships Vancouver is an annual multi-sports challenge for organizations big and small. Some students in my class have been preparing for this championship by playing soccer, basketball and volleyball. It is a true class bonding experience and everyone has a fantastic time. I’ll be cheering for Team SFUMBA!
I am anxious to explore Vancouver this summer. There is so much do to and see such as rollerblade the seawall around Stanley Park and relax on the beach at English Bay.
It promises to be an exciting final term!