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Ignite your Concordia experience

Spark!

Ignite your Concordia experience

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Mark Underwood Engagement Bio

 

I feel confident through both my academic journey and this concrete work experience that my career has already begun - I don’t have to wait until I graduate for that to happen!

By far, my most engaging experience at Concordia has been my work in the Sustainability community. In my role as General Coordinator at Sustainable Concordia I have been able to learn about the many different aspects of running a Non-Profit advocacy organization from facilitating meetings, to strategic planning.  I have been able to do things like build a budget, write grant proposals, host events, and so much more! 

Building these hard skills in addition to experiencing the concepts of sustainability, community and public affairs, policy development, and other aspects of what I am learning in the classroom has been incredibly valuable. I feel confident through both my academic journey and this concrete work experience that my career has already begun - I don’t have to wait until I graduate for that to happen!

A big challenge has definitely been balancing my academics alongside my work in student leadership in sustainability and trying to maintain some semblance of a social life. There are so many hours in a week and I have learned that, not only do I have to implement and maintain strong organizational and time management skills but asking for help and building relationships with those in your community is essential. Team work really does make the dream work!

Find a way to connect your work/social/extracurricular life with your academic path. Not only does it make for great learning and relevant experience for when you are done at Concordia but it helps save time! If you’re unsure that what you are studying is what you love, try it out! Better to find out that you aren’t meant for something in year two of an undergrad then five years into a career or three years into a PhD!

 

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