A Team Message

 cr: Adrienne Arzaga

cr: Adrienne Arzaga

I had known since last year that I wanted to join the Symposium and my experience this year did not disappoint. The Thailand Symposium was, for me, an academic journey unlike any other I’ve had during my time here in the International Studies program. Learning about Thailand was eye-opening in the sense that I was able to practically apply what we have learned throughout the program and see the various aspects come together in the study of one nation. In regards to the Symposium itself, seeing people so engaged and excited to learn about Thailand was a reminder of why it’s so important that an event like this continue.

In spite of all the hardships, obstacles and complications that our team faced (for those who are thinking about participating in future years – trust me, there were many), we were able to overcome them all, resulting in a successful event. I’ve learned so much from each interaction during this process and will gratefully take and apply these skills post graduation. A heartfelt thank you once more to everyone who supported us in our presentation on the Land of Smiles. – Shivani Babuta, Marketing Coordinator

I truly realized the Symposium had been a fruitful experience for us when I saw the excited faces in the audience, revealing their eagerness to learn more about Thai culture and history. Personally, it was an enriching experience to plan, organize and manage the Symposium with my teammates. I believe the lessons we have learned from each other throughout the past year will be extremely useful for us as we seek to further develop our organizational and management skills in the future. – Sara Nekouei, Co-Fundraising Coordinator

It was fulfilling to see everyone come and enjoy themselves, even more so hearing about the things they learned and their favourite parts of the day. I definitely learned a lot throughout the learning and planning process for this symposium and I hope that this course continues for other students in the years to come. – Gulsvert Dela Cruz, Finance Coordinator

Overall, the Symposium event was a success and, personally, I am very pleased with the proceedings of the day. Although we faced some rather unfortunate circumstances leading up to our date and on the morning of, we were able to quickly problem solve and create a viable solution that resulted in a first at the International Studies Symposium: a student panel. The process leading up to our conference was long and stressful; however, I think we had a great team that was truly resilient and able to deal with whatever was thrown our way. In the end, our panels did a great job both educating and entertaining our guests and I could not be more pleased with their participation.

I’d like to extend my sincere gratitude to everyone who helped us; without their support, our Symposium would not have been the success that it was. Finally, I’d like to thank everyone who took the time to attend; it was great seeing so many pleased faces and I hope you all enjoyed what we had to offer. – Tony Belony, Project Manager

Symposium has been one of the most challenging and rewarding courses I have ever taken. It was not at all what I expected it would be, but I have learned, and gained, so much from it. The skills we honed and the new ones we learned throughout the year will enable us to enter the workforce with experience, resilience, adaptability and a smile.

I would like to thank everyone who assisted us or supported us and all those who attended the Symposium for making the many hours spent in our bi-weekly meetings worth it! A special thank you to the rest of my Symposium Team, our Volunteer Coordinators, Volunteers and the many sour candies that were sacrificed during the months of planning. – Jayanti Venkadasalam, Communications Coordinator