When asked about her biggest takeaways from this experience, Julia was able to gain insight and experience from her upper year team members Annabeth Lin, Serah George and Ian Chang with the Rotman Commerce Case Competition team. More specifically, she says that, “this team helped me grow my skill set in case competitions and because of the way the competition was structured, it taught me how to best prioritize and represent the most relevant pieces of information.” She was able to connect with her teammates throughout this experience as one of her favourite moments was case prepping at 4 in the morning and laughing with her teammates.
As a great way to cap off her first year of university, Julia’s involvement with both the Rotman Commerce Innovation Group and Rotman Commerce Case Competition team allowed her to meet so many incredible people and grow throughout her university journey. For first-years or anyone who wants to get involved within the University of Toronto or case competitions in general, Julia’s biggest piece of advice for students would be to get involved with local competitions especially in first year and to network with upper-year students with experience. As a first-year student, she hears many people may be discouraged from participating as there may be people with more experience. However, Julia found that doing these case competitions is not just about winning, but more importantly learning from other finalists and, “seeing how they approached the case”.
This upcoming year, Julia will be serving as one of the Corporate Relations Directors at RCIG and this is just the beginning of her case competition journey. Stay tuned for more RCIG features!