A warm welcome to a new academic year

Addy - Grad Pic
Adityasingh Badal (BCom, 2019)

I was given a blue notebook on my first day at UTM and the quote, “Knowledge is power,” was printed on the front cover. At first it didn’t make sense but now it does.

The more informed you are, the more power you have over what you can achieve. This is why you are in university, acquiring technical knowledge to get you places in life. There are other ways to acquire knowledge – you are doing it right now by reading this blog post about an alumnus who has been there, done that.

My name is Adityasingh Badal but everyone calls me Addy. I was born and raised on a tiny island called Mauritius, located next to Madagascar. Google it, it’s beautiful! You might be asking why I left such a paradise?! Well, attending U of T was quite a privilege and I, weirdly enough, prefer the winter season over summer.

island Mauritious

I graduated last year (class of 2019) and was asked to write about my journey through university, how my life is going currently, and other life stuff.

So, why did I decide to come to UTM?

My family and I had just moved to Canada and first settled in Mississauga. My dad’s friend invited us for dinner one night. I told him that I was going to apply to a bunch of universities and see where it goes.

He cut me off and started talking about how expensive public transportation is and that I should apply to UTM since the tuition fees include a discounted student transit pass, called a U-Pass, that allows unlimited travel on MiWay. To be honest, I was sold. I applied to UTM mainly for the bus pass!

I graduated with an accounting specialist and an economics major. But more importantly, I was very involved on campus. I was awarded the Gordon Cressy Student Leadership Award as a result. These experiences made me into who I am today.

I was in your shoes a couple of years ago. I didn’t know what I was doing, where I was going and why I was doing all of this. I still question myself sometimes even though people may perceive that I’ve got my life figured out. To be honest, I don’t. I think of it as a roller coaster – there are some good moments and some bad ones as well but just try to enjoy the ride.

I’ve learned a lot throughout my involvement on campus and I would like to share those experiences with you. I was involved with various campus partners, held a work-study position and was a director for two years with an academic society. It all accumulated into an extensive co-curricular record. I was also in the Research Opportunity Program where I conducted research with a professor from the Department of Management on patent trolls.

Also, I am currently in the process of obtaining my CPA (Chartered Professional Accountant) designation. I recently just finished the Graduate Diploma in Accounting program at Rotman and will be joining a gold mining firm in downtown Toronto called Teranga Gold. In future posts I’ll write more about these experiences.

Until we meet again…

Hopefully I have caught your attention, and you’ll check out my next post. In the meantime, here is a piece of advice that I was given when I was an undergrad:

Your GPA should be important, but it should be the least important thing about you!

It is important to focus on your grades but it’s also important to get involved. It’s the lessons that you learn throughout those experiences that will help you in the future. The university memories I will hold on to dearly aren’t about the late nights I spent studying. They are the times I was out with friends and peers, doing extra-curricular activities.

Addy Badal,
BCom, 2019

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