First and foremost, the tagline for this site is “thoughts, travel, and tea.” Yes, I like the Oxford Comma. Thoughts relates to the (many) posts that are mostly in my drafts, waiting to be fleshed out and posted. Travel refers to, well, travel. It’s culturally enriching, educational, and yes, fun. Tea refers to my love of tea, brought on by my grandmother at a very young age – fruity, not fruity, black or green – I enjoy it.
I’m currently finishing up my undergraduate studies at the University of Saskatchewan, hoping to graduate with a Bachelor of Commerce, with a major in Operations (Supply Chain) Management. I have been extremely fortunate to have my studies covered thus far by scholarships, thanks to my love for learning.
While I love to learn about business, and think about it – I know a lot of inconsequential facts about a lot of companies, for example – my interests have moved more into global affairs, specifically around climate change risk on supply chains. To that end, at least in my formal studies, I have chosen to add to my degree in by studying abroad, pursuing some additional certificate programs, and participating in career-related offerings.
Study abroad (2019): Jönköping, Sweden. In the summer between my second and third year of university, I took a course called Purchasing Logistics with a Global Perspective, which, despite its name, focused heavily on sustainable sourcing within global supply chains. I met great people, many of which I’m still in touch with today.
Following my study abroad course, I traveled independently to 8 other countries (UK, Denmark, The Netherlands, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, UAE, France), to learn a bit more about other cultures and to feed the travel bug.
While studying abroad and traveling is a great experience, I wanted a bit more formal international study within my degree. To that end, I’ve added my school’s Advanced Global Business Stream (now an International Business minor) to my transcript. The AGBS requires specific course work, workshops put on by the Forum for International Trade Training, and other requirements.
To get a taste for the corporate life, I worked at Husky Energy (now a part of Cenovus) in 2020 for my co-operative education program as a part of my B.Comm. The people and the experience was great overall – I learned a lot about myself, and the world of strategic sourcing, procurement & logistics. However, the most important thing I recognized was my inability to fight against the cognitive dissonance that presented itself in that I was working for an oil company, which, while I recognize the current importance to the world economy, did not jive with my prescriptions of what the future should be.
As the introduction to this page specified, my studies have moved beyond business – my current informal, independent studies, and what I hope to be future formal studies will focus on the geopolitical aspects surrounding climate change risk within supply chains. To that end, I’ve shifted a bit of my undergrad coursework to economics, political and international studies, and am additionally pursuing the Global Studies Certificate through the USask Political Studies Department, which focuses on an interdisciplinary approach to the forces shaping our world, analyzing past and present events to better understand the future.
In 2021, while taking my full course load in the winter semester, I additionally completed USask’s Economics Career Internship through the economics department. While not a typical fit for business students (nor did I receive academic credit for it from my college to my displeasure), it was a great learning experience that had me working with the Saskatchewan Ministry of Trade and Export Development. Through an independent research paper, I analyzed and evaluated the opportunities, risks, along with the general economic, social, and environmental factors surrounding the development of a rare earths industry in the province (and country). This experience gave me the opportunity to branch more into supply chain risk, geopolitical factors, and present recommendations to a government agency in a concise, thoroughly researched manner.
The Future (that I hope for, in a personal respect)
While I have almost completed my undergraduate degree, some days I feel like Van Wilder; am I ever going to be done this degree? To elaborate, I only have a semester of coursework left to fulfill the requirements for my degree; however, because of my experience with the Economics Internship and my shifting interests, I feel a need to complete an Honours Project to more explore topics of interest to me. More on this to come.
My goal, at the moment, is to finish my undergrad at USask, and then apply for a graduate program (have not decided which yet) in international/global relations/affairs, with a focus on climate change, climate risk, energy and environment, and international security – since all of the above factors are interdependent.
For now, I get the privilege(?) of living through one of the world’s most pressing public health crises, while trying to find some time to read, spend time with family, and watch my brother play hockey.
I have always meant to write a bit more, maybe start an email newsletter (*ahem* substack), and just lay out some of my thoughts & feelings more. That’s my hope for this website, and any future iteration of it.
As the last point, as you navigate around my website, you’ll notice a button at the bottom from Ko-fi. Ko-fi is an independent platform that allows individuals to donate to creators, bloggers, podcasts, etc. If you find yourself in a position to do so, and find the content within my site helpful, inspiring, maddening, interesting, whatever – I appreciate the tip, essentially. I’ve set it up so you should be able to pay with Apple Pay, if that’s easier. Any proceeds will go to maintaining the costs of hosting my website, and maybe, if I get big enough (lol, not) to pay for my future studies.