SARAH JOAQUIN | Past. Present. Future.


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Hello Friends!

For this week’s blog, I thought I’d mix it up a little by interviewing 3 graduating students who happen to be some of my closest friends at Ryerson. All three are graduating from the business management program, major (you guessed it) accounting! Although we are graduating from the same program, same major- each of us will be embarking on different paths after grad. To keep things short and sweet, I asked 3 questions that reflected their past experience at Ryerson, present situation, and their plans for the future.

Let’s start with Olivia Giammarioli!

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Question 1. What advice would you give your first-year self and why?

I would tell myself to invest more effort into my education. In my first couple years I was able to do well without working all day, everyday. But I failed to realize that my habit of studying to pass (or to get an 80%) and not necessarily to learn, would require me to work that much harder in fourth year when everything I was supposed to have learned over the previous three years all comes together. I would just love to tell myself to develop good study habits in first year so it becomes second nature. However, I had an amazing four years at Ryerson and regret nothing!

Question 2. What are you up to this summer?

I am studying to get my Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) designation. It will take over a year but I have four exams this summer (two in July and two in September). I also recently became a part-time hostess at Jack Astor’s and I am enjoying it!

Question 3. What are your plans after graduation?

I look forward to starting my career at KPMG as a Staff Accountant in the Audit practice come October. But until then my plans are pretty dull, studying and working. Since I already had the most amazing grad trip ever…


Next up is Marilyn Da Silva.


Question 1. If you could change one thing about your undergrad experience what would it be and why?

I would get involved sooner than later. I can’t stress how important it is to build a network earlier and  it’s something I wish I could have done from the get go. By getting involved outside of academics, I have been able to grow both personally and professionally with students in the same field as me.

Question 2. What are you up to this summer?

You can say I’ve got bitten by the travel bug. I just arrived back from my grad trip to Cuba a couple of weeks ago and I will be going on two other trips in July, first to Las Vegas and then I’ll be off to Europe to visit family in Portugal!

Question 3. What are your plans after graduation?

The words “after graduation” may seem a bit intimidating but one thing I’ve learned is that things will fall into place eventually.  Not having secured a full-time position after graduation, I explored other options available to me. Recently, I was accepted into the Masters of Accountancy program at Brock University and will start in January of next year! I love Ryerson so much that I signed up to be the Achieve 2016 Co-Chair for the Ryerson University Accounting Society (RUAS) which will include the planning and execution of this national conference from graduation until January.


Last, but not least, Rohan Sharma.

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Question 1. What was your most memorable moment at Ryerson and why?

My most memorable experience at Ryerson University has to be the opportunity of being the President of the Ryerson University Accounting Society (RUAS). Leading a team of driven and talented students allowed me to learn a lot about myself and it helped me reach to where I am today. From Info Sessions to hosting our national case completion, ACHIEVE, every moment of leading this team has been memorable and has helped me prepare for the “real world.”

Question 2. What are you up to this summer?

The plans for this summer can be summarized into one word, relaxing! I do not plan to travel much this summer because I will be moving in August (see why below) and want to spend as much time as I can with my family and friends. Also, I will also take this summer to become a tourist in Toronto and explore this great city a little further and find those hidden gems.

Question 3. What are your plans after graduation?

My plans after graduation see me moving to San Jose, California to begin my career as a Risk Assurance Associate at PwC. I am very excited about this opportunity, but at the same time nervous. I know that the education that I have gained from Ryerson, my fellow students, friends, and family will help make this move a lot easier and help me in becoming successful in my career.

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 I’d like to thank these three for being a part of this week’s blog and for all the support you’ve given me in the last few years. Like Danielle said in her post last week, “don’t underestimate the incredible people you’ll meet here at Ryerson” and I agree 200%! Thank you again and I have no doubt that you all are going to take the accounting world by storm!


And as for me (just in case you haven’t read my first post)…

If I could change one thing about my undergrad experience, I wish I could have gone on exchange. I’ve heard a lot of amazing stories and I really wish I took a semester to study abroad. Currently, I’m prepping for my move back home to Calgary while soaking up my last summer in Toronto with family and friends. As for my future plans, I start work full-time as a staff accountant this fall and will work towards obtaining my CPA designation at the same time. My aspiration in life is (to be happy) and that with my designation, I will be able to work internationally (Go CPA’s!).

Countdown to convocation: 10 days! Final stretch!!!!

Until next week,

See what the others are up to!

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