September - Johnathan Davidson

Johnathan holding his awards
Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 2:49pm

September's Student of the Month is Johnathan Davidson, an undergraduate student doing a double major in Psychology & Biology. This past month, Johnathan was awarded the Service Above Self Award by the Rotary Club of Mississauga for his contributions to the Mississauga Community. He is also the president of Lifeline: UTM Blood & Stem Cell Society where he is helping conduct their first blood clinic scheduled for Nov. 4th. By working with Canadian Blood Services, they have registered over 100 Blood Donors.

Outside of UTM, he spends a lot of his time volunteering at Credit Valley hospital. This year he was recognized for his 5 years of contribution with an Ontario Volunteer Service Award issued by Premier Kathleen Wynne. He is now a Youth Team Leader there and oversees 200+ high school volunteers across 10 units of the hospital. To find a healthy balance between school and extracurricular, Johnathan says he prioritizes what’s important by putting his grades first and scheduling all leisure actives around that. As an aspiring doctor, Johnathan hopes to continue to use his professional career to make a positive impact on his community.

Johnathan's top 5 tips for success:

1. Stop ‘Thinking’ and Start Doing

Often, we get caught up in the planning phase of our lives but fall short on execution. Trying things, gaining experience, and talking to those with experience will teach you skills that you cannot grasp from the internet or a book. By putting your words into actions, you’ll learn what you’re good at, what you like, and how to proceed forward to reach your future career prospects.

2. If you don’t ask, the answer will always be no

It’s astounding how many resources exist on campus that most students don’t know about! Asking questions helped me discover new opportunities on campus. If you’re unsure about your future or are looking to develop specific skills to reach your goals there are people and opportunities on campus that can help you meet your goals if you search for them.

3. Start small

The years spent at university are a time to discover who you want to be and what you want your life to look like. Often, we can get lost in the grandiosity of these ideas and end up overwhelmed. Success is a complication of small baby steps everyday. Do something every day that brings you one step closer to achieving you goals. With time, hard work and perseverance you will get there.

4. Find time for friends and family

Make time for your friends and family. It’s easy to neglect those who are most important to us especially when we under a lot of stress. Friends and family will help you through the tough times and make the good times even better.

5. Find a mentor(s)

Making the 'right’ decisions can be tough. Finding a mentor in your field of study (one or two years your senior) can make all the difference when it comes to study strategies, selecting courses and avoiding unnecessary mistakes in university.