Those were the positions I held at FROSH between 2009 and 2014. Throughout that time there have been countless changes, making each year a unique experience. Events have changed and new faces come in year after year; however, there is one commonality with every FROSH that makes me want to participate year after year… the experience is undeniably thrilling!
While BASS FROSH is the starting point for many first-year students entering the Beedie School of Business, it isn’t about “business”. At BASS FROSH, you may see people in banana suits and you may be participating in blindfolded egg carrying, mustard covered sour key eating, baseball bat head spinning, and a denture tablet water-spraying competitions. BASS FROSH is about providing the best possible experience for students transitioning between high school and university and welcoming them into our Beedie community in a fun and exciting way
Two years ago, I wrote a piece for The Executive Magazine and I want to share a small part of it here.
(May 22, 2009)
It was a Friday evening and I had just come home from a day out in the city. As I walked into my room, I saw a package that my mom or dad had left on my desk. It was from Simon Fraser University. Instantly, I became both excited and nervous, not knowing what I would find inside. Is it an information package? Acceptance letter? Good news? Bad news? I ripped open the package and I saw a black folder, branded by SFU, but still it didn’t give me any clue as to what it was. The same questions constantly went through my head while my fingers were crossed. What could this be? I opened the flaps of the folder and I saw a letter hidden behind a brochure. With clenched teeth, tensed up muscles and a drip of sweat, I pulled the brochure out of the folder.
“Dear Brandon, Congratulations and welcome to the Faculty of Business Administration.”
(August 25, 2012)
…Coming out of high school, I felt like I had nothing to offer. Among a sea of students who are more qualified and have more experience than me, how would I be able to succeed in the Beedie School of Business?
The initial impression of university plays a significant role in shaping one’s journey through their first year of university. As a FROSHee myself in 2009, I was able to meet and connect with several first year students, leaders, and club members and gained my first exposure to the Business community. The people I met at FROSH ended up being group members in my classes, executives in the clubs I joined, and they were all involved throughout my undergraduate experience. FROSH would eventually become a catalyst to my success as an undergraduate at the Beedie School of Business. Every year of FROSH brought me new friends and opportunities to develop as a leader in the Beedie community.
To the FROSHees, don’t let BASS FROSH be the limit to your experience at the Beedie School of Business. Take chances and capture opportunities when they present themselves. Don’t forget that university is a learning experience. Make your undergraduate career your own by taking on opportunities that challenge you and push you to become a better individual and a unique business student.
BASS FROSH is where many of our journeys begin at the Beedie School of Business. Often overlooked as “just an event for first-years”, FROSH deserves recognition for being the event that connects many of us to the Beedie School of Business.
Thanks to the FROSH Chair Judy Liang, the BASS FROSH OC and Senior Advisors, the FROSH Leaders, the BASS team and the Beedie Faculty members, BASS FROSH 2014 was another unforgettable experience.
Brandon is in his final year pursuing a BBA Honours and an International Experiential Learning Certificate. He has been able to immerse himself in all aspects of Beedie, focusing on his passion for marketing, creativity and exploration. He has co-oped with SFU”s International Co-op Office, participated in JDC West, represented Beedie at the UBSLC Conference in Atlanta, chaired SFU Beedie’s FROSH and traveled to Copenhagen and Berlin for an international exchange and field study, respectively. He values unique opportunities and his involvement at Beedie has allowed him to develop himself as an individual and as a business professional.