Members from the TRMC 2020 team interviewed Natasha Campagna, a TRMC 2011-2013 Alumni, to discuss TRMC in three words, the spirit of Ted Rogers, and her advice for current undergraduate students.
Natasha is currently the Director, Incubator Programs at DMZ at Ryerson University.
How would you describe TRMC in three words and why those words?
I would say the first one would be connections. Through TRMC, I was able to meet a lot of C-suite executives, as they are typically attracted to the conference. To this day, I still reach out to these people for help and support. TRMC was the first stepping stone in making meaningful connections outside of the university with people from corporations who could offer me possible job opportunities or mentorship. I think if you play your cards right during the conference, you will be able to meet a lot of great individuals that have the ability to help you in the future.
The second word would be fun because during the whole experience I never thought of it as work. I truly had fun even when I was doing the tedious administrative tasks.
The last word would be motivational because the conference really pushes you to do more and have a bigger purpose at Ryerson. Even when TRMC was done for the year, I would be motivated to push myself to search for other opportunities to get involved with. These would include joining other student groups, academic town halls, or even other conferences. I think the conference inspires you to have a bigger purpose and do more in your community!
What does the spirit of Ted Rogers mean to you?
The quote stating, “the best is yet to come” truly embodies the conference. If you keep looking towards the future, you’ll find that there is always a light at the end of the tunnel. If you keep that mentality with you, you will find that everything will always come together, whether that be stepping into your dream job, securing a mentor, or meeting new people that you can develop a friend group around.
Ryerson has given me so much through my undergraduate days and the work that I’m doing for the university is my way of giving back. I wanted to support the students who are going through the same experiences that I had. I love giving advice to students who are looking for new ways to be involved and guiding them towards that initial step on their leadership journey means a lot to me. In my first year, I went to school and went home, I was never involved with anything. However, when I did start getting involved, it truly changed everything for me. Of course, getting involved doesn’t mean just showing up, you need to have a purpose and make an impact!
The quote that says: “When you find something that you love to do, you’ll never work a day in your life” is true because it becomes second nature to you, and that is what Ryerson has done for me.
In your opinion, why should a student apply to TRMC?
There are many reasons why students should apply but they really have to want that opportunity. What they put into the conference is what they will gain out of it. Everyone has their own reason as to why they choose to attend our conference, whether that be making new friends, finding a mentor, or creating a network of people that can offer them opportunities in the future. Students should apply if they want to change their lives, build networks, and find their purpose. For me, getting involved with TRMC helped me to connect with students from many other faculties. The conference allows for students in business to also learn and understand the different perspectives from, for example, students in engineering or the faculty of design.
You can check out Natasha Campagna on Linkedin.