Award Recipients’ Insights: Maddalena Castelli and Mentorship

Maddalena is the 2015-2016 recipient of the TMP OPSEU Award of Excellence

I believe education is the key to success, and I try to connect my passion for education with my desire to help others. As a result, I decided to be part of the Tri-Mentoring Program (TMP) as a Student Mentor to provide guidance and support to three mentees including those transitioning into the Ryerson community. My goal is to make a contribution to enhancing the quality of the undergraduate student experience at Ryerson University while adding value to Ryerson’s brand.

Starting in January 2016, I have developed a Beta Gamma Sigma chapter for the top 10% of Business students at TRSM. Furthermore, I am involved in additional extracurricular learning experiences, such as the TOP 200 program, the Economics and Management Science Course Union as VP of Finance, and the Departmental Council’s Student Affairs Committee under the Department of Economics as a student representative.

When I received the email saying that I was one of the recipients of the TMP scholarships, I was in my room and I immediately smiled. I felt determined and accomplished. Learning that I won the award and was chosen from a pool of great candidates, who all contributed to the Ryerson community, made me feel really special.

Receiving an award shows that your efforts are recognized, and also that you have achieved a level of success, whether it is in academics, sports or any other area. It is a symbol of achievement, stating that your time and effort spent in reaching the goal were not in vain. This award will make a difference to my education by helping enhance my life and alleviating some of the financial burden that I am experiencing as an international student.

I would strongly advise my fellow students to make the best out of their university experience. Use all the great resources that Ryerson offers, from Math support in the SLC to the Career Centre in the POD and TRSM. There is also an English and Writing Support center, athletics centers, weekly events to get involved in socially, professionally and academically. If you are going through a difficult time, go and talk to a counselor. If you need time management advice, talk to a learning strategist. Whatever your needs might be, there are resources out there to support and help you succeed both academically and personally.

In my three years at Ryerson, I have met terrific individuals who have helped me along the way. I am extremely thankful for them. I urge you to get involved with student groups, monthly events, workshops and conferences. It will help you feel welcome and meet new friends who share the same interests and field of studies!