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Student Of The Months Top 5 Pieces Of Advice

Johnathan Davidson Is an undergraduate student at the University of Toronto Mississauga, doing a double major in Psychology & Biology, and is our student of the month. This past month Johnathan was awarded the “Service Above Self Award” by the Rotary Club of Mississauga, and is also the president of Lifeline: UTM Blood & Stem Cell Society where he is helping conduct their first blood clinic scheduled for Nov. 4th. Outside of UTM, he spends a lot of his time volunteering at Credit Valley hospital. This year he was recognized for his 5 years of contribution with an Ontario Volunteer Service Award issued by Premier Kathleen Wynne. Here are John's top 5 pieces of advice towards success.

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1. Stop ‘Thinking’ and Start Doing


Often, we get caught up in the “planning” phase of our lives but fall short on execution. Trying things, gaining experience and talking to those with experience will teach you skills that you cannot grasp from the internet or a book. By putting your words into actions, you’ll learn what you’re good at, what you like and how to proceed forward to reach your future career prospects.

2. If you don’t ask, the answer will always be no


It’s astounding how many resources exist on campus that most students don’t know about! Asking questions has helped me discover new opportunities on campus. If you’re unsure about your future or are looking to develop specific skills to reach your goals there are people and opportunities on campus that can help you meet your goals if you search for them.

3. Start small


The years spent at university are a time to discover who you want to be and what you want your life to look like. Often, we get can get lost in the grandiosity of these ideas and end up overwhelmed. Success is a complication of small baby steps everyday. Do something every day that brings you one step closer to achieving you goals. With time, hard work and perseverance you will get there.

4. Find time for friends and family


Make time for your friends and family. It’s easy to neglect those who are most important to us especially when we under a lot of stress. Friends and family will help you through the tough times and make the good times even better.

5. Find a mentor(s)

Making the ‘right’ decisions can be tough. Finding a mentor in your field of study (one or two years your senior) can make all the difference when it comes to study strategies, choosing courses and avoiding unnecessary mistakes in university.

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