Student Spotlight 2018

Paul Vollmershausen, BCom'18
profile from 2018

Paul Vollmershausen

Hometown: Woodstock, Ont.

Why I went to business school? I knew business school would open doors and present opportunities for me while giving me the necessary skills to make an impact wherever I go.

One thing I learned at Smith I’ll never forget is that economic value can come hand-in-hand with societal value.

A highlight of my time at Smith: Exchange. I attended the Cologne Business School (CBS) in Germany. The value in studying abroad for a term cannot be overstated. Having the opportunity to experience contrasting cultures and explore various parts of the world is a unique aspect of the Smith experience that you can’t get in many other places.

A professor who inspired me: Professor Bill Cannon inspired me with his continuous pursuit of knowledge, desire to help his students, and belief in making time for the things that matter in life. One thing that really challenged me at Smith: Business, Government and the Global Economy (COMM 398) class challenged me to think outside of the Commerce program’s ordinary constructs and frameworks to understanding the state of our world today and the true nature behind why things have occurred the way they have.

My motto: “Small everyday decisions are what amount to major changes and successes over time.”

Favourite business book: Start With Why by Simon Sinek Best advice to future students: If you’re interested in something­ — anything — become intensely curious, and develop your passions by learning as much as you can about it. As a business student, the best thing you can do is to explore what the world has to offer you.

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