Having completed an Accounting Business Systems Diploma from Humber College, and working full time in her profession, Amanda Thomas came to Algoma U at Brampton, as a mature student enrolled in the Bachelor of Business Administration – General program.
Amanda discovered Algoma U at Brampton, doing something that is very familiar to those living and working in the Greater Toronto Area: sitting in traffic. Idling behind a bus, Amanda noticed an advertisement for the University, immediately sparking her interest.
“It was local, convenient and allowed me to do an accelerated program full-time as I worked full-time,” she explained. “Everyone was very supportive and always lent a helping hand when it was needed. The professors were very helpful. The work was challenging, but only to teach a valuable lifelong lesson not to give up on challenges.”
Through the network she created at Algoma Uat Brampton, Amanda was offered the position of Manager, Marketing and Member Engagement with the Brampton Board of Trade. “Networking through Algoma U helped me obtain this career and has prepared me for greater things ahead,” she shared of what she referred to as the “Alumni advantage”.
Citing the efforts of her Professors Jim Byrd, Seymour Stein, and Darren Deering, as well as Brian Leahy, Amanda enjoyed great success at Algoma U at Brampton, having found that same success in her professional career.
“Algoma U has changed my life greatly and has made me realize my own colours and show others what I am really made of.” Moving forward, like Francis, Amanda hopes to see Algoma U at Brampton, continue to grow, offering more programs out of a larger facility. “Algoma U at Brampton is on a progressive scale and will be one of the best within the next ten years.”