LSM Students

LSM Students

Vynelan Dcosta"I was a part of the Digital Media Marketing Club for over 3 terms and the Club's President for 2 terms. The club has helped me practice my skills and connect with the industry more closely by grabbing the various volunteering opportunities and taking advantage of my student status." (Vynelan Majell Dcosta, PDD Marketing Management Student).
Vynelan Majell Dcosta PDD Marketing Management Student

Vynelan DcostaHi Vynelan! Where are you in the program and how has your experience been so far? I am currently in my final term of the PDD Marketing Management program completing my co-op term as the Health and Safety Hero Program coordinator at the college. My experience has been a great learning curve for me, especially in learning about Marketing, the same subject, but in a new context and perspective in Canada. Having prior work experience in the field, I was able to relate better to the various concepts that I learned throughout my term at Langara college.

Which class/club/school activity is your favorite? Every class and activity is a unique learning experience. You get some new takeaway from every class, club, or volunteer opportunity. I was a part of the Digital Media Marketing Club for over 3 terms and the Club's President for 2 terms. The club has helped me practice my skills and connect with the industry more closely by grabbing the various volunteering opportunities and taking advantage of my student status.

Where do you see yourself after you complete the program? I see myself beginning my career in one of Vancouver's well-established marketing agencies. That would finally mean putting the connections I've made through my term at Langara college to the test.

During the Covid-19, how have you managed to keep in contact with friends and family? Virtual meetings, volunteering, and engagement activities have been a great stress buster. Similarly, I connect with my family daily and as for my friends in Vancouver, thankfully small groups being allowed to meet outdoors has been a great relief.

What is your favorite spot on campus to study? The 2nd floor of the T building is a great spot to study, ideate, and work on projects. It gets my creative juices flowing.

Eliza Sonsini PDD Marketing Management Student

Eliza SonsiniWhy did you choose to study the PDD, Marketing Management at Langara School of Management?
I came to Canada with a fulfilling work-experience in the marketing field, and I trusted being enrolled in a Marketing Management program would give me a solid structure to start my journey here. I also choose Langara with the firm belief that the college and would provide me with a diverse set of tools and opportunities for me to reach student success. I’m happy with this decision. Since I stepped in at Langara I knew I’ve made the right choice.

Can you describe your current position?
Despite the fact I’ve been working with marketing and joined the PPD in MM, I now work as Associate Development Manager (Project Manager Junior) at Electronic Arts. Project Management is something that has always made part of my path in so many ways. Since I came to Canada and joined the PMC (Langara Project Management Club), I started to grow a strong taste and passion for it. Today I support the EA’s dynamic cross-functional teams helping manage the FIFA project day-to-day operations.

Did you find your work in the area that you studied? And did you find your work to be what you anticipated?
Before working for EA, I had a fantastic experience in the area as an Intern of Marketing Communications working for Seaspan. It was precious, and exactly how I anticipated it would be. Now, as an Associate Development Manager, having precisely the job and at the company, I was dreaming of being part of, I couldn’t be happier and grateful.

What was one of your best memories from Langara? and what is your favourite spot on campus? 
I have so many great memories from Langara. But probably what stands out for me is the meditation group class I developed offering to my peers, staff and faculty members group sessions for us to meditate, learn and find peace of mind while going through all the challenges we have in life. My favourite spot is the quiet 5th floor in the T-building. I still remember any time I needed a reset that was my place to go spot to refresh my mind before jumping on the next activity.

What are you doing to stay positive and motivated during COVID?
Staying connected with my beloved ones and meditating regularly are the two things that are helping to make my days bright. I saw myself in roller-coaster days since the pandemic hit us, and meditation showed me it was finally time to live one day at a time as it would be my best day of life. I’ve been learning a lot about myself and working on polishing my flaws while highlighting strengths to make my way joyful and light. It’s been quite a valuable learning opportunity.

Melody Lin BBA Marketing Management Student

Melody Lin Why did you choose to study the BBA, Marketing/Marketing Management at Langara School of Management?
In addition to the small class sizes and affordable tuition, the instructors in the LSM have invaluable real-world industry experience. These factors combined give you a high-level and personalized education that - in my opinion - is on-par with renowned business schools in the province. Not only that, but the peers you meet also have diverse backgrounds that make the learning experience all that more colourful.

Have you found Coop work in the area that you studied? And did you find your Coop work to be what you anticipated?
Yes, I actually completed three Co-op work terms during my time at Langara - one was even at the Co-op & Career Development Centre itself! Completing three work terms allowed me to gain experience in three very different work environments, career options and management styles. The experiences helped me hone in on what my interests are and what type of organization I want to work with.

What career would you like to choose after leaving school?
Upon graduation, I focused on searching for a position in marketing, with a focus on digital, in the tech space.

What is your favorite study spot on campus?
- you can’t beat the natural sunlight from the floor-to-ceiling windows!

What are you doing to stay positive and motivated during COVID?
l like you’re “on” 24/7, so I’ve been staying sane by blocking out an hour a day to exercise - whether that’s doing a home workout, going on a run or simply taking a walk around the block.

Tiffany Nguyen BBA International Business Student

Student_Tiffany_NguyenWhy did you choose to study the BBA, International Business at Langara School of Management?
I first started at Langara back in 2011. I knew I wanted to do my BBA and my initial plan was to transfer to UBC. I spent one semester at UBC and left. I decided to take a break from school so I could travel. When deciding which school to come back to and finish my degree, the answer was definitely Langara. I loved the community at Langara. The smaller classes and special care instructors had with their students.  I always felt welcomed and I am happy I made the decision to come back and finish my degree with LSM. 

Have you found Coop work in the area that you studied? And did you find your Coop work to be what you anticipated?
My coop work term was at Langara. Before coop I had never worked in an office. I was a little unsure of what my career goals or industry I wanted to go into. I never realized how much works goes in to producing all the marketing materials, events, sponsorships, and social media plans. I wasn’t expecting that, but I was glad I got to be a part of it. Coop helped me home in my career goals a little more and that is to pursue a career in digital marketing. 

What career would you like to choose after leaving school?
My hope would be to find a job in a digital marketing firm. I am currently applying for roles in social media. I love telling stories, I love creating and I think that social media is a great avenue for me to showcase my creativity and business background. 

What is your favourite study spot on campus?
I always tried to find an empty classroom to study in. I find being in a classroom environment even when there’s no class in session gives me more study energy. 

What are you doing to stay positive and motivated during COVID?
I am very lucky to have so many groups of amazing friends all around the world. During COVID, everyone had a lot more spare time and availability to catch up, so I have been making a lot more phone calls. Thanks to the magic of Zoom and What’s App calling, I can make those calls as frequently as I want. Even though some friends are farther away, during COVID, I got a lot closer to some of them. 

Arun Kumar Mahesh PDD Business Administration Student

arun kumar Why did you choose to study PDD Business Administration?
In India, I worked for 6 years for various IT companies. My managers have always regarded me as a prospective event manager. I had intentions to start my own business as well. So I was looking for a course that teaches me a mix of operations, marketing and strategy. That's how I landed in Langara's PDD BA course.

Have you found work in the area that you studied?
Yes. I found work in the area of my study. Currently, I am working for 3tierlogic inc. as the Strategic Services Expert.

Did you find your work to be what you anticipated?
Of course. This was the work I anticipated. In fact, I have more responsibilities than I thought. We did a business strategy simulation project in my 4th term and this work almost resembles that.

What was one of your best memories from Langara?
Getting awarded with three scholarship awards for my volunteering activities, academics and involvement with the Langara community is something I will cherish forever.

What do you do to stay positive and motivated during COVID?
I keep reminding myself of the intention of coming to Canada. I ensure that I don't deviate from that goal. In fact, when the lockdown began, I was taking my final semester classes. The classes were suddenly changed online; I didn't have time to tell bye to my friends at college; my mom passed away in India, and I couldn't attend her funeral in India as travel was banned; the full-time job I applied for was put on hold and many places stopped accepting applications. With all of these, I had to complete all my projects in the very next week and be ready for exams in two weeks from that date. I kept reminding myself about my goal. I wanted to do it for myself and my mom. I put together all these frustrations into positive work by means of these goals and Somehow completed my classes. I stayed positive and reached out to my connections whom I networked earlier. I got a response and landed in this job. That was how my goals helped me stay positive and motivated and helped me land in this job within a month after my studies during COVID.