"'Sonder (verb) - the realization that each random passerby is living a life as vivid and complex as your own.'
Up to this point, my experience in the SHAD UBC community has been everything I have imagined it would be, arguably even more. Although it has only been 11 days, I feel as if the bonds created on our campus are stronger than those that people make for years in environments such as school. This is because everyone has a different story, one that they are not afraid to share, one that inspires every other person in the room when it is told. This was exceptionally demonstrated today.
It was after lunch when our campus attended a panel of three unique entrepreneurs who shared their story, goals, and aspirations. Many presentations here at SHAD UBC have been focused around entrepreneurship, which I find interesting because each company is transformative in its own way. However, unlike other presentations we have had in the past few days, we were able to individually speak with the presenters for some time to ask them any questions we had on our minds. This panel allowed us to have a connection with people who believe in our future, and are paving our path.
Later, we were fortunate enough to attend an Engineering Networking Night – or “Relationship Building Night” as our PAs liked to call it. This was a first for many of us. After we were coached on everything from business attire to proper handshakes, we headed to the dinner where we had the opportunity to engage with engineering students from all over Canada who attend UBC. For what has felt like the hundredth time so far, my mind opened yet again to a world of possibilities for my own future, and it all stemmed from a single conversation.
As our Assistant Program Director Jess said tonight, “Everyone here has a story you can learn from - everyone can add value to your life”. Each day I spend at SHAD, I further realize the truth of this statement. Every other SHAD in our sixty-person group is here for a reason that’s different from mine. That’s something I learn so much from, and because of SHAD, I’m truly beginning to value the importance of communication."