Srusti Subash from Cohort 2021 is an upcoming third-year commerce major at the University of British Columbia. In her short time at UBC, she has already made quite a large impact: she dabbled in UBC Recreation as a League Official before moving on to share her knowledge with prospective students as an Orientation Leader on campus. With a passion for community and student politics, Srusti engaged in the AMS Elections Committee as a Polling Officer before swiftly moving into the UBC Human Resources Management Club as Vice, and then Co-President. Most recently, Srusti has started her first internship and she’s taken a good look back at the first half of her degree and realized just how far she has come.
So, in true Billie Eilish fashion, we’ve asked Srusti if we can interview second-year her to see just how different life in even less than a year. Ready? Let’s go.
Hi Srusti, thanks for taking the time to chat.
What is your full name and pronouns?
Srusti Subash (she/her)
How old are you right now?
I am 19 years old.
What university do you attend and what program are you in?
I just wrapped up my second year at the University of British Columbia and I am currently pursing a Bachelors of Commerce (BCom).
Where are you working at the moment?
Currently, I work at A&W Food Services and the North Vancouver Home Office. I am an Accounting Intern at the moment, but was previously on the Marketing Team as a Guest Engagement Coordinator.
What makes you excited right now?
These long summer days have been awesome. I’m also really looking forward to my exchange term this Fall semester. I will be heading off to Copenhagen, Denmark.
Tell us more about your exchange!
I will be spending a term in Copenhagen, Denmark studying at Copenhagen Business School as a part of my specialization in Global Supply Chain and Logistics Management.
Do you feel prepared to go on exchange?
Absolutely not. I’ve never been out of the country on my own before. I’m a good level of terrified but I’m also incredibly excited for the experiences I’ll have and the friends I’ll make.
What’s your biggest accomplishment this past year?
One of my biggest accomplishments has been my involvement in case competitions. I have been able to compete nationally in Vancouver, Toronto and Saskatoon!
What’s your biggest goal for next year?
I’m still playing it by ear, but I’d like to lock down an internship in the automobile/aviation industry.
What has been your most impactful learning this past year?
I’ve learnt the importance of prioritizing my mental health. It can be really easy to get caught up in doing a 100 different things to get the best grades, best job or best award. It took a toll on the effort I put into myself and the relationships around me.
What advice would you give your future self?
Not knowing what comes next is scary and inevitable. Embrace it. That uncertainty should drive you to do better today.