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Madaleine Swierczynski

Oakville, Canada
Full-time with Co-op
University of Guelph (Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, Animal Sciences And MS Animal Sciences)
Class of 2023

Don't be afraid to try and learn something new - even if you think it might be challenging!

Why DeGroote?

I chose the MBA program at the DeGroote School of Business because of the amazing co-op program! As someone with lots of academic experience, I knew the co-op program would give me the opportunity to gain valuable work experience and explore different career paths

Why an MBA?

My background is in animal sciences, and I originally wanted to become a veterinarian before realizing it wasn’t right for me. Instead, I became interested in the business side of the animal care industry during the internship experiences I had throughout my undergrad degree. So, I decided to pursue an MBA to develop the business skills needed to further my professional development.

What surprised you about DeGroote?

What surprised me the most about DeGroote was the strong sense of community, even in an online world. Through class, workshops, club events, and case competitions, I have had the opportunity to meet many amazing people and develop close friendships.

What piece of advice would you give to anyone considering doing their MBA at DeGroote?

Don’t be afraid to try and learn something new – even if you think it might be challenging!

What has been the highlight of your DeGroote experience so far?

The highlight of my experience so far has been participating in the Pitching In For Charity case competition. I had the opportunity to work with Wellwood in Hamilton that does amazing work to support individuals living with cancer. I had so much fun working with my team to create our video presentation and we ended up placing in the top three. Placing in the competition allowed us to donate $1000 to Wellwood, and made for an incredibly rewarding experience.

Aside from being an MBA Student Ambassador, what other extra-curricular activities have you been involved with while at DeGroote?

  • Competitor, MBA games 2021
  • VP External Relations, DeGroote MBA Marketing Association
  • Executive Team – Spirit Director, MBA Games 2022
  • Participant, Pitching In for Charity 2021

Tell us one fun fact about you!

I am an avid dancer and have trained in a wide variety of styles including ballet, tap, jazz, contemporary, hip hop, and even square dancing.