Saint Mary’s University: Hav­ing an en­tire com­mu­nity at your fin­ger­tips

How you can do what you love, and love what you do

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Brad Wilton un­der­stands the pres­sure of need­ing to know what you should be af­ter high school. As Li­ai­son and Ad­mis­sions Of­fi­cer for Saint Mary’s University, he trav­els around On­tario to talk to high school stu­dents about life in university, and acts as a sym­bol for the re­cruit­ment team. Brad gets to see the op­ti­mism light up in the faces of high school stu­dents when he tells them that they are not lim­ited by the bound­aries of ge­og­ra­phy. But they don’t know what di­rec­tion they want to go in, so at the end of his con­ver­sa­tions with them, Brad al­ways gives use­ful ad­vice about the op­tions. “Be pa­tient,” he says, “the op­por­tu­ni­ties will un­fold for you, and throw them­selves on your lap. You just have to know when to grab them. Don’t panic, ev­ery­thing falls into place.”

Brad had been given his own op­tions through SMU, and found him­self tak­ing the Bach­e­lor of Com­merce with a ma­jor in Man­age­ment. “The pro­gram was broad enough that I could find what I was passionate about in there. I had a good view of the full scope of com­merce and so­ci­eties, and how they function,” says Brad. Choos­ing a ma­jor can get re­ally spe­cific, with fo­cuses on lead­er­ship, mar­ket­ing and fi­nan­cial mat­ters, but the Bach­e­lor of Com­merce in Man­age­ment tied in all of Brad’s pas­sions specif­i­cally.

The pro­gram gave Brad the op­por­tu­nity to get in­volved in ex­tra cur­ric­u­lar ac­tiv­i­ties, within the school and even out­side of his aca­demic work. Work­ing with En­ac­tus he grew his ex­pe­ri­ence in man­age­ment and mar­ket­ing by fos­ter­ing so­cial and en­vi­ron­men­tal change. By try­ing to en­gage peo­ple in con­ver­sa­tion about these so­cial is­sues, he found his place in his cur­rent ca­reer through a co-op pro­gram that turned into a full po­si­tion.

“I’m ei­ther across the world or in my back­yard. This just fell in my lap and I knew what I wanted to do,” says Brad about his per­fect job. His ex­per­tise in pub­lic speak­ing, and knowl­edge of com­mu­ni­ca­tions and con­sumer be­hav­iour, was of value in the re­cruit­ment depart­ment, and his pro­gram au­to­mat­i­cally set him up to suc­ceed.

“You never feel over­whelmed at SMU,” says Brad about be­ing able to jug­gle four to five things at once. With 7,200 stu­dents, it’s easy to get to know a third of your school. “It’s not hard to be able to ac­com­plish any­thing when you have a big net­work of peo­ple telling you: ‘We’re go­ing to get through this. We’re in it to­gether.’”

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