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Kick-start 2019 with these tips from alumni

January 9, 2019 — 

If you’re having trouble setting goals or getting motivated this new year, our alumni have got you covered. We asked them what they learned in 2018, as part of our monthly Alumni Answers series, and they responded with a host of ideas and advice to fuel you well into 2019. Here are our favourites, edited for length and clarity.

If reading these inspires you to learn something new this year, check out the Alumni network page for a host of learning opportunities (many of them free!) available for alumni. 


No one has the power to keep you from your goals and achieving your dreams, unless you allow them. That Superpower belongs to you. Follow your heart and don’t believe half the stuff your mind says. 👊
~ M. Davidson [BPE/96]

One is never too old to start new things.
~ J. Glowacki [BA/01]

You need to take charge of your future, and if the opportunity does not present itself, create it.
~ A. Gotfrid [BSc/17]

2019 will be better than 2018!!
~ S. Godse [BComm (Hons)/93]

Cherish and make the most of every single moment while being a student at university!
~ F. Alame Ddine [BEnvSci/18] 


Rats giggle when you tickle them ^^
~ I. Rydén

Never postpone installing a remote car starter.
~ T. Karthigesu [MSc/94]

Never let academic pressure control your personal life. It’s important to have a work-life balance.
~ V. Liyanage-Zachariah [PhD/18]

Slow down.
~ D. Bruce [BPE/80, MPE/89]


I have limitations and I have to learn to accept them.
~ D. Regier [ExEd/08, 09]

This past year, through what I witnessed regarding the many experiences of friends and family, I learned of the fragility of physical and mental health, and the important role that caregivers and other individuals have to help individuals move through their challenges.
~ C. Adams, [BA (Hons)/83, MA/86] 

Refocusing on mission works all the time. I also learned that mental health is quickly growing among the younger generation and we need to step up efforts to identify it much sooner.
~ AJ Mendoza [BSc/88, BMRPT/92] 

Obtaining my Nursing Degree from U of M back in 1996 took me places I never would have imagined. I treasure the experiences and people I have worked with and met all over the world.
~ M. Redden [BPE/92, BN/96]


Alumni Answers is our way of building community with our alumni by sharing memories, ideas, and opinions with one another. Every month, we pose a new question with an opportunity to learn, laugh, and ponder together.

This month, we’re asking: What do you love most about your career? To send in your answer, comment below or email


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