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If there was one piece of advice Christian Blott would offer to new uLethbridge students, it would be: “If an opportunity seems nerve-racking and scary, you should probably do it!”
A management student majoring in international business and minoring in agribusiness, Christian says it’s in those times of discomfort when he has experienced the most personal growth.
“When I started my co-op program, my boss said to me, ‘This experience will be what you make it,’ ” Christian recalls. “I worked hard to make sure I got the most out of those eight months as I could.”
Christian’s efforts paid off. As part of his co-op, he travelled to China to present to a board of directors of a massive international manufacturer.
Back on campus, Christian is the president of the Management Students’ Society where he is developing his teamwork, communication and project-management skills while being part of a dynamic team. He has taken part in a number of case competitions, including JDC West, the largest business case competition in Western Canada, twice.
“Being with 50 other students who all had the same goal in mind as we represented our university at the competition was a powerful feeling,” he says. “You realize you’re part of something bigger. You build lifelong friends and learn so much about yourself.”
Looking back at his time so far at uLethbridge, Christian describes university as a platform for potential.
“It can be intimidating to put yourself out there and try something new. Once you get past that initial step, you start to build confidence and your confidence grows exponentially.”