Ellie Edwards

Class of 2020
Specialist in Finance and Economics


Hello! My name is Ellie


I am a second-year student at Rotman Commerce, specializing in Finance and Economics. I was born in southern Ontario and raised in a small town called Stratford, (yes this is the same Stratford that Justin Bieber came from!).

First of all, I would just like to say congratulations!! You were offered admission to Rotman Commerce, which is an achievement in itself. It wasn’t too long ago that I was in your shoes, so I remember all the hard work that was required to make it to this point, as well as how stressful, but exciting this time in your life can be.

Coming from a rather small town like Stratford, Ontario, and choosing to attend postsecondary school in the “big” city of Toronto was somewhat intimidating at first. For some international students, you may be thinking, “But Toronto isn’t really that big?!”, (and you’re right) but trust me, in comparison to my hometown of a population of around 40,000 people, this was a big jump.

The transition from secondary school to university is significant. And this goes for anyone, anywhere, studying at any institution. Which is why it is important that right now, you are making a choice that is right for you. And I personally believe that you may just love it here at the University of Toronto, studying in the Rotman Commerce program.

The first thing I noticed about Rotman Commerce while beginning my studies last fall, was that the program really had a strong sense of community. There were numerous opportunities to attend Rotman Commerce events and to learn more about how to get involved outside of your academics, at the University of Toronto.

One way to get involved in your first year, which I would highly recommend you look into, is becoming a first-year intern at any of the Rotman Commerce student groups. During my first year, I had the privilege of being offered an intern position with the Rotman Commerce Innovation Group, (RCIG). Not only was this a great way to meet other like-minded students in the program, but it gave me the opportunity to begin developing important skills, such as the ability to communicate, network, and problem solve through a variety of different tasks.

Also during my first year, I joined DECA which, for those of you who participated in DECA at your high school, is essentially the same except at the university level. Through this, I was able to compete at the annual DECA U provincials, hosted right here in Toronto, and pitched a start-up idea alongside two other fellow first-year students for DECA U’s ‘SEED’ division.

And finally, I auditioned for and was granted membership to UofT’s varsity acapella group, Tunes.Beats.Awesome. (TBA)! Here I was able to continue pursuing my passion for singing and music and was introduced to an amazing group of individuals of all different ages and academic backgrounds.

Now in my second year, I am working as a Student Ambassador for Rotman Commerce Recruitment & Admissions, continuing my involvement as both a performer and organizer of events for Tunes.Beats.Awesome., and also running my own small business selling original watercolour paintings in support of mental health, which I call EOW Prints!

These are just a few examples of the ways you can get involved during your first year at the University of Toronto and throughout your undergraduate degree. As you may already know, Rotman itself has 14 diverse student groups and the University of Toronto at whole, is home to around 1000 (and counting) student organizations, clubs and teams. Thus meaning that there is really something for everyone here.

As a student of Rotman Commerce, I believe that the possibilities really are endless when it comes to my future career and personal development goals. Professionally, I hope to utilize my commerce degree within start-up culture. While continuing to manage my own business alongside my studies this year, I am committed to pursuing opportunities that feed my entrepreneurial passion and drive.

I would like to thank you for taking your time to read about my experiences at Rotman Commerce, and I wish you the best of luck in the remainder of your school year and in your future postsecondary education!


Ellie Edwards