Even with every self improvement books telling you to do it; stepping out of your comfort zone is daunting enough as it is. I ended up stepping out of my comfort zone pretty late into my university career. As a Biological Science student with a minor in Nutrition, joining DECA U Guelph and a handful of other organizations within the College of Business Economics Student Association was clearly not an obvious next step. But it’s a step I am glad I took… and I haven’t looked back since!
Throughout my four years at the University of Guelph, I’ve had the pleasure of meeting some wonderful people in both my program and in these Commerce organizations. I acquired knowledge and skills unique to each field and transferable between the two. Business has honed my soft skills such as teamwork and leadership, while science provided me with analytical and critical thinking.
It is daunting for a student to step into a field they know very little about. I know what it is like to be the only person in the room asking questions everyone else seems to know the answer to. However, I’ve found people are always willing to share information. This trial by fire method has been one of the best ways to acquire knowledge on topics I didn’t learn in lecture, while also paving the way for new friendships and a diverse network of talented individuals.
In closing, being a science student in a “business” field could have been my downfall. But by asking questions and not being afraid to take risks, I was able to turn it into a strength. For all the business students who are reading this, maybe take a break from learning the ins and outs of macroeconomics and take a look at some papers on cutting edge advancements human physiology, you might be surprised at what you find out!
For any student who reads this, don’t be boxed in by what your degree says. Read books on philosophy and English literature, watch videos on how Game Theory works, learn about what changing weather patterns mean for the future of the endangered species in Europe. Believe me; not only will studying new things lead to new opportunities, you’ll be an interesting conversationalist and a better student for it.