On June 14, we will celebrate the class of 2018 as our newest graduates cross the Carleton University Convocation stage to receive their degrees. To mark this very special occasion, we have asked some of our grads to reflect on their time in the Sprott School of Business.

Kevin Horak against the Sprott backdrop

Kevin Horak is a 2018 graduate of the Bachelor of International Business program.

If you could choose one word to sum up your time at Sprott, what is it and why?

Growth.

During my time at Sprott, I grew so much both personally and professionally, largely due to the experiences and relationships that I had/made through the school.

What were your goals when you started at Sprott? Did you achieve them?
 
I actually didn’t have any ambitions to become as involved as I was when I first came into the school – I would have been content with just getting my degree. However, as time went on, I became fascinated with the idea of giving back to the community and having a positive impact on the school. I’d like to think that I was successful at doing that.

I also had more generic goals that were more related to the BIB program and its content such as learn a new language, live abroad for a year, challenge myself, etc. I’m very happy that I was able to accomplish those over 4 years.

What is your favourite Sprott memory?

Hiking the W Trail in Torres del Paine National Park while exploring Chilean Patagonia.

What was your favourite course or professor?

Consequentially this was one of the last courses that I took at Sprott… International Business Negotiations with Jose (Rojas-Mendez)! The course was by far the most utilitarian out of all courses during my undergraduate degree. Lots of useful information and insights into the world of deal-making (including salary negotiations!).

What was the most important lesson you learned during your time at Sprott?

Two lessons… (1) Everything will turn out fine in the end even though you may have to deviate from your plan and (2) You only derive as much value as you create; you must put the work in in order to take the value out.

What will you miss the most?

I’ll miss seeing the life-long friends that I made through Sprott and the BIB program on a daily basis and, for those BIBers who I have travelled with, exploring the world with them.

What’s next for you?

In July I will be starting a 24-month rotational program in supply chain with Parker Hannifin.

Is there anything else you would like to share with the Sprott community?

If we’ve crossed paths along the way, I’d like to thank you for being a part of the growth that I experienced during undergrad!

Kevin in his DECA tshirt by the water

Kevin was President of Carleton DECA in 2016-2017

meet more of our sprott great grads

Monday, June 11, 2018 in , , , ,
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