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Ignite your Concordia experience

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Ignite your Concordia experience

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Andrea Cartile Engagement Bio

 

University can be an excellent platform for exploring a diverse set of immersive experiences.

My experience at Concordia really started with my involvement in student societies during my Mechanical Engineering undergraduate degree. Having completed an undergrad in Biology, I decided to go back to school, and to choose a degree based on the subjects I found most challenging: math and physics. Being new to engineering, I was highly motivated to seek hands-on experience and learn as much about the field as I could, so I joined Concordia’s Concrete Toboggan Team within my first week of the degree. After the Great Northern Concrete Toboggan Race later that year, I decided to join Concordia SAE, and held several roles within the student society until the end of my degree.

My involvement in co-curricular societies has been the single most significant contributor to opening doors to the incredible opportunities that I have had the chance to engage in. I was accepted into Concordia’s Industrial Experience program and was hired for two internships at major international companies as a direct result of the technical and professional skills I developed throughout my involvement. One of these internships had a group interview, where we had to solve a production problem in small teams and then present our solution to the hiring managers and fellow applicants. I had just done a marketing presentation at an SAE competition, and the experience of having already practiced a similar exercise was directly transferrable to feeling better prepared in the interview setting. It was also through SAE that I met my Master’s (and now PhD) supervisor, and forged innumerable community connections within Concordia, Montreal, and across Canada. 

The experience I gained in design, communication, people management, and everything involved in running a small mock-business was exceptional. I got to do all sorts of totally crazy stuff that I may never have otherwise had the opportunity to do, and am still benefiting from the connections created throughout that involvement.

 

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