October's Student of the Month: Shayan Alam

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Thursday, November 24, 2016 - 11:40am

The student of the month for October is Shayan Alam. Shayan is an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto Mississauga, doing a Psychology major with a double minor in Biology and Chemistry. Shayan has demonstrated excellent leadership through his ongoing support with mentally and physically disabled students at Community on Campus for four years now. He has also been active on campus as the Co-President of Lifeline: UTM Blood and Stem Cell Society, where he helped make the first two blood donation clinics successful. Outside of UTM, he spends his time giving back to the community at Credit Valley Hospital, Day Surgery Department, where he provides ease, comfort, and care for the patients residing there. He has impacted many individuals on and off campus, bringing positive changes to the community, as well as garnering life-long friendships.

Here are Shayan’s Top 5 Tips on How to Succeed in University!

  1. Don't wait to do it.

If you want to start doing something, start it now! Don't think about how hard it's going to be and don't leave it for tomorrow. Whether it's opening up a new club on campus or practicing more math for that upcoming exam, get started right away.

  1. Don't be afraid to fail.

If you want to achieve something big, you have to be ready for failure. You have to accept that failure is going to be part of the process and that it's going to make you even more resilient. When faced with such failure, learn from it and move on.

  1. Be patient.

 Sometimes, the fact that things take longer to achieve can really bog us down and suck away the motivation. Don't let that happen. Keep chipping away at your goal and know that you are closer to achieving it today than you were yesterday and that nothing happens overnight.

  1. Make time to have fun.

Keep a group of friends that you trust and make time to hang out with them. You might be busy with a lot of stuff going on but having a social outlet is going to keep you sane! Good friends are really hard to come by - don't let the studying and working be the cause of losing great friendships.

  1. Do what you love.

 If you do what you love, you'll end up doing it really well regardless of what you hear about it from others. If you really enjoy studying a specific subject area, pursue it, and you'll see that you will be able to make a great career out of it!