Shining Student Amreet Gill (B.A./B.Mgt.) is about to embark on her third year at the University of Lethbridge (ULethbridge). The psychology and marketing major says receiving scholarships and support from her professors helped set the tone for her first two successful years at the Dhillon School of Business (Dhillon). Going into year three, Amreet has set the tone once again. She has just received the Prairie Runners Race Association Tuition Scholarship for her volunteerism in the Lethbridge community. Funds from this scholarship will allow Amreet to focus on her goal of becoming a registered psychologist.

I am so honoured to have the opportunity to receive such scholarships and am grateful for the donors and their willingness to support students in their education. I would like to say "thank you" to all donors who make it possible for students experiencing financial barriers to complete their education."

Why did you choose the Dhillon School of Business?

I chose the Dhillon School of Business because of its vibrant and inclusive culture, various educational and work opportunities, and diversity.

Is there anyone who has had an important influence on your ULethbridge experience so far?

One of my marketing professors encouraged me to connect more deeply with the foundations of marketing, helping me understand the importance of marketing in everyday life and its connection to psychology. Another professor helped me decide that I want to pursue a career which focuses on mental health and well-being of youth and/or employees in the workplace. Many of my professors have established their classrooms as a space in which students can challenge themselves, grow, ask questions and seek guidance in learning things they are passionate about.

What is your most memorable ULethbridge experience so far?

I have enjoyed learning about different topics in business and psychology that interest me and recognizing the interconnectedness of all the subjects. I have also made many great connections with peers and professors that I can further establish as I move along my academic career. Dhillon is a great place to find yourself and recognize your interests and passions as a student, leader and aspiring businessperson.

Are you participating in any extracurricular activities?

I have participated in many events hosted by Student Professional Development (SPD) as an attendee, but also as a volunteer. As a member of the Dhillon Business Students' Association (DBSA), I received many opportunities to support the SPD team in setting up networking events, representing Dhillon at conferences on campus and connecting with local community members and businesspeople. I also participated in this year's KPMG Case Competition, which was a fun learning experience.

Tell us about your time with experiential learning.

We had the opportunity to navigate and play around with a simulation of real-world business operations during the KPMG Case Competition. My team and I spent six weeks learning about product development, research and development, production operations, marketing, human resources, finances and what it takes to manage a successful business. We were able to take on challenges of what real companies experience while managing operations. It was an important learning opportunity to improve teamwork, communication, problem-solving, time management and public speaking skills.

What do you like to do in your free time?

One of my favourite things to do is walk around downtown and visit Bread Milk and Honey, which is my favourite cafe. I also enjoy walking around campus on a beautiful day, especially on paths with a clear view of the coulees and the city. Living in Lethbridge allowed me to find my place in a community I didn't realize I would come to love so much.

What are your plans for the future?

My plan is to use my degree in psychology and marketing to research the influence of technology and social media on the mental health and well-being of youth. I aspire to become a registered psychologist and establish a private practice to work with children and youth in behavioural therapy, helping them reach their full potential through the concept of holistic learning.

I hope to make a positive impact in the community and society by contributing to advances in mental health, holistic education, and ensuring that future generations can lead healthier, more fulfilling lives."

What advise would you give to those about to begin their journey at ULethbridge?

My advice to students is to never let your ego get in the way of your growth. Always have an open mind and be accepting of new opportunities and experiences. Challenge yourself and don't be afraid to fail. You will only learn from your mistakes as a student. Your professors and peers will always be there to support you, so try new things and let yourself grow into the individual you are meant to be.

About Shining Students

Shining Students engage inside and outside of the classroom. What makes a student shine may differ from person to person, but they all share a passion for learning. They may be top students, involved in an innovative project, participating in ground-breaking research, playing Pronghorn athletics, fighting for social issues or all of the above! When students find something they enjoy and combine it with what they are good at, they shine.

Each year, the Dhillon School of Business' faculty and staff nominate students who exemplify the ULethbridge student spirit. Congratulations, Amreet!