If I Knew Then...

Skule Alumni share their advice and best wishes with the 2T0 & 2T1 graduating classes.


We asked alumni "What wisdom or advice would you share with your younger self, if you could travel back in time?"

Read their heartfelt answers below, submitted as a gift to their Skulemates.

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Enjoy the Journey

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Name: Anthea Tang | Program: Mechanical and Industrial Engineering | Graduation Year: 0T5 | I thought I needed to know exactly how my career would map out as I was looking for my first job as I neared graduation. Little did I know as opportunities presented themselves and I embraced learning and trying new things,… Read more »

Now is ALWAYS the best time to start something…

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Name: Manlio Staropoli | Program: Industrial Engineering | Graduation Year: 9T2 | Congratulations on your great achievement! The saying goes that “If I knew then what I know now”… I might have done some things differently? Is that always the implication? I would like to turn that saying around…sometimes I think of it this way:… Read more »

Know yourself

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Name: Ian Po | Program: Engineering Science | Graduation Year: 8T1 | Dear Graduates: As you embark upon a new chapter of your life, approach it with enthusiasm, hope and enjoyment. While the future may be uncertain and challenging, it also promises experience and reward. No one graduating class is more or less fortunate than… Read more »


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Name: Rick Ross | Program: Industrial Engineering | Graduation Year: 6T6 | Everyone graduates in a specific engineering discipline. Just remember that 50% of all engineers practice in a field other than the one they graduated in.  I graduated over 50 years ago and my graduating class still gets together for quarterly lunches! We found… Read more »

Road to Real Success

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Name: Brian Gaston | Program: Civil | Graduation Year: 7T8 | If I knew then what I know now, I would work to keep my younger self’s ego in check. Graduation from U of T Engineering is a huge achievement and it’s hard not to flaunt it. I would make sure that I recognized the… Read more »

Wishing you many successes

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Name: Jeff Vella | Program: Computer Engineering | Graduation Year: 9T5 PEY | Congratulations on your graduation! I am sure that you had a great experience at Skule and will have many more great experiences throughout your professional career. Remember to leave time for family, friends and doing the things you love in addition to… Read more »

Skulemates really last a lifetime

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Name: Stan Gasner | Program: Indy (MIE) | Graduation Year: 6T4 | To the grad class of 2020, I sincerely wish all the best to the class of 2020 from and on behalf of the class of 6T4 IE. It is too bad that you will have missed out on the actual ceremony but you… Read more »

Get yourself well connected

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Name: Kit Chau | Program: EngSci | Graduation Year: 9T4 | There are all sort of problems outside the real world that we need to handle. It would be nice if you can get the help and advise from professors after you graduate. So please spend more time to build relationship with them as they… Read more »


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Name: Dennis Nabieszko | Program: Engineering | Graduation Year: 7T5 | To be successful, you need to build relationships with others. You get things done through others. You do things for them. They will do so in return. So many things I was able to get done informally because of those relationships, both formal and… Read more »

Values and Resilience

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Name: Andrea Stojcevski | Program: Chemical | Graduation Year: 8T8 | Dear graduate, As you start your future career path, it is important to know that you will face many challenges as well as opportunities. It is in the challenges that you really need to focus, the hard times will define you much more than… Read more »

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