Student Spotlight 2018

Erin Palmeter, BCom'18
profile from 2018

Erin Palmeter

Hometown: Halifax, N.S.

Why I went to business school? I was looking for a program that would allow me to learn through practical application. Smith is one of the best business schools in Canada and has a huge focus on applied learning.

One thing I learned at Smith I’ll never forget is: discovering one’s personal value proposition. By understanding the unique benefits that you offer, you can differentiate yourself against others.

A highlight of my time at Smith: Building relationships with such incredible individuals from all different backgrounds and interests. Four years later, I am leaving with more friends than I could ever have imagined.

One thing that really challenged me at Smith was: At first, I found it intimidating to be in a program that attracts some of Canada’s brightest minds. It was the first time I was presented with hardship and failure in the face of others’ successes. But I learned how to adapt. This allowed me to truly appreciate the value of learning in a competitive environment.

My motto: “Focus less on accumulating titles and more on building skills.”

My best advice to future students is: Find your niche in the program and don’t concern yourself with what others are doing. For example, I am very passionate about film production, which I got to explore over my time at Queen’s by being involved in several film-related organizations. I eventually translated this passion into monetary value by establishing my own freelance videography company.

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