Dylan Henderson: Canada’s Student of the Week
This week, we’re celebrating Dylan Henderson as Canada’s Student of the Week.
Dylan is a student athlete who attends St. Andrew’s College. CampusRankings caught up with Dylan to learn more about why he loves business and what motivates him to keep going.
Tell us about yourself in one tweet (140 characters).
I am a driven and charismatic high school student, who loves a variety of different sports and spending time with my friends.
What’s your favourite subject to study, and why?
My favorite class is the McEwen Business program, which is unique to St. Andrew’s. This program is funded by Rob McEwen — Goldcorp founder, Canadian mining legend, and St. Andrew’s alumnus — and provides real-world opportunities for students to help them develop skills in resourcefulness, creativity, marketing, entrepreneurship, and finance. In my first year in the program, I focused on the fundamentals of business with a final summative, which was a pitch to the Harry Rosen website team to improve their website. I’m in my second year in the program now, and am working to complete two summative assignments. One of these is to create and pitch your own entrepreneurship venture to 30+ judges, and the second is to run a charity event to raise money for Jumpstart. This class has helped develop my business mindset, and is an enjoyable and interesting class.
What do you do outside of class?
1. Head of my Boarding House at S.A.C
2. Head Ambassador at S.A.C
3. Captain of 1st lacrosse S.A.C
4. 1st football and lacrosse
5. Ski Coach at Osler Bluff Ski Club
6. L.I.T at Kilcoo Camp
7. Student Life Council member
Why do you do all that? What’s the reason behind it?
I am always looking to leave my mark on things that I do, and positively impact others or an institution that I am a part of. I love seeing others benefit from my involvement and impact.
What’s your favourite memory through all of your activities?
Road trip to Pittsburg with the First Lacrosse team! No better time to spend a six-hour bus ride then with your best friends. The Friday night game went into double overtime under the lights in a massive stadium with a big crowd. We ended up winning, but it was a nailbiter for sure.
Which life lesson have you learnt from all this that you think other students should know?
I think an important lesson I wish that I knew in my early years of high school is that there is no checklist to success. Do not go through high school doing things because you think they will get you something. Instead, indulge in things that you love, over what you think is necessary. There is no checklist to success: everyone’s path is different. Do things you love and create your own path.
If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be?
Elon Musk has been an idol of mine for some time: he has shown what hard work is necessary to build your dream company. No matter the problem, he always found a way to overcome it because he believed in his dream. I think it would be very interesting to hear about all of the problems that he overcome to make Tesla the company it is today.
Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I hope to attend business school in Canada, working hard to learn as much as I can. In my summers, I hope to work in the fields of business I enjoy after first year. This will help me work towards my MBA, during which I hope to study abroad.
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