2019 Road Warrior Series: Ryan Padum
Name: Ryan Padum
Program: Graduated in 2019. Bachelor of Commerce – Management Economics & Finance. Was apart of the first graduating class at the newly named Gordon S. Lang School of Business & Economics.
What is your favourite thing about U of G? What was your most memorable experience here?
My favourite thing about U of G is the community. From our amazing faculty, to the supportive staff and of course our incredible students. My most memorable experience at the University was being able to participate in many business case competitions. This past April, I was fortunate to travel to Orlando, Florida where I competed in an Entrepreneurship Challenge and received a Top 10 overall International finish.
Please describe your campus & community involvement while at U of G (i.e. clubs, athletics, student organizations, jobs).
In my time at Guelph, I was a part of the Guelph Student Investment Council. This team manages a $100,000 portfolio on the North American markets. I held the roles of Portfolio Manager as well as Internal Manager of the team. Over my time with the council, I saw the team grow from a team of 8 all the way to 50 in the 2018-19 year.
I was additionally a part of DECA U Guelph, a team which focuses on business case competitions as well as hosts their own invitational competition on campus each year.
Being a huge sports enthusiast, I participated in many intramural sports most notably basketball, where I was able to compete with some of my best friends on the court.
I had many other extra-curricular involvements throughout my time at Guelph including volunteering on many occasions with the Gordon S. Lang School of Business & Economics.
What prompted you to become a Liaison Officer? What excites you the most about this position?
I became a Liaison Officer to share my love with this institution with other prospective students. The community and feeling of being on campus at Guelph is unlike any feeling I experienced anywhere else. The University also presents so many opportunities to get involved and make your university experience so much more worthwhile.
What advice would you offer to potential U of G students?
My advice to prospective students is to step out your comfort zone and take chances! University is a time to explore and find where your passions lie! Get involved with teams and clubs you are passionate about!