Written by: Sabrina Jancsi
What has influenced your journey so far?
When I was in high school, I was always enrolled in applied classes. I have a learning disability called dysgraphia where I can’t write coherently – I always get too ahead of myself – which would always hinder my ability academically, preventing me from doing university level classes. Then in grade 12 I did a mission trip to Guatemala which influenced me and opened up my eyes. It definitely changed who I was a person – as every experience should – but because of this, I decided consciously that this is something I wanted to continue doing. I returned to high school to do Grade 12B and ground away through some academic classes so that I could get into university, and that’s how my university journey began. I wanted to take something that would allow me to make an impact in the world and so I felt that Political Science would allow me the opportunities to do that.
What triggered your involvement with UNICEF Brock?
My buddy Saumik, founder and former president of UNICEF Brock, got me involved this past year, and after he left I had a vision and the energy to take UNICEF Brock to a whole other level, setting it up for future years. I knew I had the networks to make it ‘poppin’ and I truly think that now with our upcoming Walk2TO fundraiser, a walk for the Syrian refugees, everything will come together as I envisioned.
Who’s your role mode?
I don’t have a role model because I don’t aspire to be like anyone else – just being true to myself. There are people, however, that have qualities that I admire and try to adopt as I go. If I had to choose one person that I find admirable is Zyzz (Australian body builder). I’ve always looked up to him and tried to adopt his enthusiasm and energy by passing it onto others.
Were you always a heavily involved student?
No, actually I wasn’t. Throughout my first and second years I didn’t get involved, as I didn’t really know where to start, but in the back of my head I always knew that after university I wanted to work for the Canadian embassy, a charity like UNICEF, or something along the lines of distributing aid in peace keeping missions. I knew if I got involved in university first, it would definitely help facilitate that and give me the experiences to get there. So that’s part of why I got involved with UNICEF Brock. I knew that this club was a great group of motivated individuals and I thought I would be a great asset to their team too and couldn’t wait to get started. Even if it’s for a year or two, I wanted to set UNICEF Brock on path to becoming a great club that creates impact through awareness. I want future UNICEF Brock presidents to look back and become motivated to create something similar or bigger in order to raise money and donating it back to those in most need, like we are doing with the Syrian refugees.
How has your university experience shaped who you are?
My university experience has shaped me in so many ways. First of all, when you come into university there are 18,000+ people in contrast to high school where there are maybe 2,000 people (at least in St. Catharines). This alone has allowed me expose myself to different ideas and cultures, so when I interact with these individuals, I learn through them and with them. It has been through these interactions and experiences that I am who I am today. I always try to throw myself into as many things as possible – whether it’s going to a vegan club meeting, being a part of the African and Caribbean Society and the Brock East African Student Association, joining UNICEF Brock and Playmakers, whatever it may be – I just see that the more I do things, the more experiences I have, the more I grow as a person.
So whenever I leave university, I know it has prepared me for how to deal with certain obstacles in life. It has given me the confidence to believe more in myself because I am now able to collaborate with a higher caliber level of people than I was in high school, where I don’t believe the talent pool I should have been surrounded with existed. The people I am now friends with, they’re not very similar to me, but they all do focus on excellence and they’re all trying to focus on making it big. It’s great to meet and be surrounded by people with this type of attitude. On days when I feel down and don’t believe I am going to make it, being around these individuals definitely brings me back up.
Where do you see yourself after all this?
I want to get my masters in criminology – I love analyzing crime and I hope to one day get involved with CSIS or something similar. I would love to potentially move to the Middle East, South America, or Africa and do security, surveillance, or something along the lines of crime. However, if we’re honest, I didn’t even know I was going to be where I am today, so I try not to think too far ahead, since anything can change from one day to the next.
What advice would you give your fellow badgers?
The best advice I could give any badger is to network as much as possible. I’ve learned more from people than I have in a classroom. So go out there, and talk to those around you! You never truly know where a friendship can lead you.
Patrick Foster is a fifth-year Political Science student at Brock University. He is currently the Co-President of UNICEF Brock and a clerk at General Brock. You may remember him best from his previous advocate accomplishments in bringing shawarma and more microwaves on campus. His quest: to diversify and influence.
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