Bachelor of Commerce (BCom)

Colten Yamagishi

Colten Yamagishi

2014 BCom
Marketing Major

What will you miss most about being a U of A student?

I will definitely miss all of the amazing people that make up the U of A community. After spending five and a half years on campus I had the chance to meet a variety of outstanding individuals from all walks of life. I will certainly miss seeing familiar faces around campus everyday and being recognized as an influential member of the community. I hope to have the opportunity to volunteer with the Alumni Association to keep giving back to the U of A community that I love so much.

What impact has the Alberta School of Business had on your life?

Though I had a fairly disjointed academic career (I took two years as a part-time student while I worked for the Students' Union), the Alberta School of Business always served as a home away from home. Whether I was cramming in the Francis Winspear library or relaxing with friends in the Business Lounge, the School always gave me a sense of comfort and support. Business school not only taught me the fundamentals necessary to excel in the business world but it also provided me with amazing friends and connections that will help me succeed in the future.

If you got one university do-over, what would it be?

Save my scholarship money!

Which business class/professor did you enjoy the most and why?

This is a tough one since I had so many great classes and professors. I would have to say that it is a tie between all of the BLAW classes that I took with Doug Peterson and Marketing 472 (Product Management and Pricing) with Webb Dussome. I really enjoyed Mr. Peterson's classes because the lectures were fast-paced and filled with anecdotes and interesting stories to help me remember the material. I also liked the 50%/50% split weighting between the midterms and the finals. I loved Mr. Dussome's class purely because he is such a great professor. Mr. Dussome is warm, accommodating, and truly invested in seeing his students succeed. He has a strong passion for marketing and this comes across in his lectures.

Do you have any advice for young people who are either thinking of starting a BCom degree or are working towards one?

Whether you are entering the four year BCom or returning as an After Degree student, I would highly encourage you to get involved with the multitude of extra-curricular opportunities that the school offers. My greatest memories in business school came from my experiences volunteering and getting involved in case competitions, especially JDC West! If you are still deciding on entering business school, make sure that you focus on your studies to achieve the competitive GPA. Also, be sure to go check out the school in person. The School of Business is filled with top-class students and staff who will help answer your questions and share their perspective showcasing what makes the school so great.

What's next after graduation?

I recently completed an awesome four month internship working with Elevate Consulting (Public Sector Management Consulting) in Edmonton. I've taken the last few weeks off (marking my first unemployed break/vacation since high-school) but will be heading out to Mississauga at the end of the month to begin my training as an Executive Team Lead for Target Canada. Once my training is over I will be back to the races working in Edmonton and perfecting my hobby as a part-time poker player on the weekends.