Profiles & Spotlights

Alumni Spotlight: Kaitlyn Taylor-Asquini

What did you study at Ryerson and what year did you graduate?

–       Politics & Governance (2004-2009)

–       I’m also currently enrolled in my MA Leadership through Royal Roads University in Victoria.

What made you choose that program? Was it related to the career you envisioned?

Great question! Truthfully, coming out of high school, I wasn’t entirely sure what I wanted to do when I finished university. I started in the Business Management Program at Ryerson before transferring to Politics & Governance the following year. Not necessarily related to the career I envisioned at the time, but a program I was interested in.

 

Were you involved in any clubs or societies as a student? What did you enjoy most about them? Do you think they provide benefits for students?

I was a student-athlete, playing on the women’s basketball team throughout my five years at Ryerson. I loved the sense of community and belonging that came along with being a part of a large group on campus. My involvement in sports has played a large role in shaping who I am today.

 What did you do immediately after graduation?

After graduating in 2009, I was offered a contract position assisting with the co-ordination of Campus-Wide Orientation, moving to a position in the Tri-Mentoring Program shortly thereafter.

  Describe Ryerson in three words:

 Community. Leader. Home.

 What is your job title now?

Student Accessibility Specialist in the Access Centre

 Highlight some of your past work experience:

As a student, I worked in different areas across the university. Starting in Athletics, I moved to Housing then to Campus-Wide Orientation. My first “official” job after I graduated at Ryerson was in the Tri-Mentoring Office, from there, I moved to the Access Centre.

 What personal qualities or abilities are important to being successful in your current job?

My favourite part of my job at Ryerson is working with students. I use my experiences as both a student and staff member to provide a safe space for students and staff that encourages open communication. I strive to provide an environment that students, staff, and faculty feel comfortable turning to if they have questions.

How do you see jobs in this field changing in the future?

Student Affairs is ever-evolving to best fit the changing needs of the student population. In my current position within the Access Centre, we hope to continue to build an environment dedicated to universal accessibility.

 What special advice would you give a student entering this field?

Be yourself. Draw on your experiences as a student to assist others.

What is the most important thing you took away from your experience at Ryerson?

 Understanding the roles networking and community building play when building your future is crucial. My time as a student leader shaped me into the person I am today.

Is there anything you wish they’d taught you at Ryerson?

Not all Thai food meets the Salad King standard.

 How do you stay motivated?

I’ve found that writing in a gratitude journal tends to keep everything in perspective. Whether I’ve had a great day or a day that could have been better, coming back to five things I’m thankful for each evening keeps me appreciative and motivated.

 What, in your opinion, are the keys to success?

Honesty, humility, a willingness to learn from others, confidence, and drive.

Do you have any final advice for students?

 Get involved and make the most of the resources available to you on campus. It’ll pay dividends when you graduate!

 

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