Personal Profile on Alex Perrin

A snapshot of Alex’s exchange to Melbourne, Australia

So, how I did I get here?

I was one of those high school students who were told they just HAD to be a doctor. It was my plan from the age of 15. Then I came to UBC for my undergrad in 2009 and realized that almost every other science student had the same plan. The competitive spirit was definitely challenging, but I was determined.

However, in my 3rd year I went on exchange to Melbourne, Australia and I learned some very important lessons. The main one I learned was that life is too short to not do what you love. I realized I had made decisions in the past based on pride and what other people expected of me. Coming back to Canada, I re-evaluated my options and decided I didn’t want to be a doctor. However, I still enjoyed biology and healthcare technology. I knew I loved managing people and I had some business experience that made me think about pursuing management further. I heard about the MM program at the start of my 4th year and I never looked back. After graduating with my BSc. in 2014, I started the MM program right away.

Having completed 3 months in the program, I can honestly say that I have no regrets. I feel I am exactly where I am supposed to be and I am learning on a daily basis. Since the MM program started, I have been challenged in many ways. I have had to learn how to interact and work with people on a daily basis; you can’t be anonymous at Sauder. At this point in the program, I feel like I have a better understanding of who I am, where I succeed or struggle, and how to push myself outside of my comfort zone. There is a lesson to be learned in each day.

I can’t wait to see what the New Year brings and how our cohort continues to develop.

– Alex Perrin

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