Student Blog


January 18, 2017

Hello All,

It’s me, Josh here, and I just wanted to take a minute to welcome everyone back to Booth for the start of the winter semester. Over the winter break I got the chance to spend time with family and friends, and I had a great time relaxing and not worrying about having an essay to complete. While it is always nice to be able to take a break, it was great to come back to Booth for the start of my sixth semester. After one week of classes, I can already say that these are likely going to be some of my most enjoyable classes yet!

As a business major, I spend a fair amount of time monitoring changing events within different companies and organizations around the world. Coming back to Booth this semester, I got to discover that changes were taking place within the business major here at Booth. While I am too far in my academic career to take advantage of all of these changes, they definitely show some exciting opportunities for incoming students.

One of these major changes is the introduction of four new majors for the business program. At the start of the fall semester, incoming business students will have the chance to major in accounting, financial crimes, management and innovation, or marketing and communications. For incoming business students, this is a really exciting prospect because it allows them to change and shape their educational path to match their career goals for the future. Booth is also one of the only universities in Canada to allow students to do the Bachelor of Business Administration major in financial crimes, so it is a very exciting opportunity for students looking to work in this field. Another change to the BBA program is that students who do get a financial crimes major can take advantage of our partnership with the Association of Certified Financial Crime Specialists. This partnership will give Booth students the chance to have a streamlined process to becoming a Certified Financial Crimes Specialist.

While these changes are interesting, what is slightly more interesting for me is Booths new partnership with the European Innovation Academy. This partnership allows later year Booth business students to join into an extreme entrepreneurship program offered at different European cities. Students can travel to Europe to take part in a 15 day exercise to work with other students to bring an idea to a tech start-up. Students are mentored by major influencers from Silicon Valley, and will have the chance to work alongside them while developing their start-up. Booth counts participation in this program as equal to two fourth year level business courses. This summer, I will be heading to Portugal to take part in this program, and I am super excited!

For me, these changes here at Booth are all really interesting because it shows that the business program, and by extension Booth, is growing.  The fact that I can be a part of this stage of growth and development is a great experience, and I look forward to seeing what will come next. If you happen to be a potential student who might have some interest in studying here, now is a great time to come and see what we have to offer. All future students are welcome to come and tour the campus, sit in on a class, and see what Booth has to offer. Who knows, it might even be me who gets to show you around!

That’s all from me; hope to see you all around campus!

Joshua Rempel,
Student Ambassador