In September, Folio ran a series asking first-year students to show us Ryerson from their perspective. This time, we asked graduating students to take us around campus during their last few weeks at Ryerson. Here’s Carlo Torres, aerospace engineering ’16.
My days at Ryerson are numbered. A few weeks from now, I will be finishing up my final exams and starting my career as an engineer. Right at this moment, I am thankful for the five years that this school has allowed me to experience through my undergrad. I am grateful for the people that I’ve met. I’ve suffered sleepless nights and stressful times with them. They kept me sane, reminding me that I don’t have to do it all on my own.
I am also grateful for the people I’ve met outside aerospace. The friendships that I’ve made at central orientation, dragonboat, and Musicians@Ryerson have broadened my horizons, teaching me how to approach problems from a different angle. They’ve also showed me different ways to have a good time, which helped a lot given the stressful environment in my program.
I am also grateful to third-year Carlo for making a decision to take care of our body by going to the gym and implementing a healthy lifestyle. Since then, I’ve appreciated my body and the things that I can do with it. Paddling for Ryerson’s dragonboat team and spending time to train at the Mattamy Athletic Centre has served as my therapy whenever I was upset or stressed about school.
I’ve seen Ryerson go through tremendous changes over the past five years. Those transformations were reflective of the personal changes that I have experienced myself.
If there’s one thing I want to say to the nervous kid who walked into the engineering orientation in first year, it’s this: stick it out. I know you want to get out of here because you don’t know anyone, but don’t worry, you’ll meet friends and they’re going to help you get through these next five years. Most of all, you’re going to change for the better; you’re going to get stronger mentally and physically. So stay, and stick it out. Victoria and Gould will be home for these next five years, and it’s going to be great.