On March 1, 2019, Davina, Alyssa, Carol, and I had the amazing opportunity to travel to London, Ont. to compete in Ivey's High School Case Competition. As soon as we arrived, we took a campus tour of Western University led by a Western student. We saw examples of lecture halls, the recreation building, and Western's largest library, in addition to learning more about life at Western and the many opportunities offered there.
The highlight of our trip, however, was the Ivey case competition that ran all day Saturday.
The day began with an interactive lecture based on how to analyze a business case. We were then separated into teams with five other students from different schools across Canada and given a real-life business dilemma. With three hours to work, we analyzed the case considering aspects such as financials, consumers, and competitors with the help of an Ivey student and then presented our decisions to a panel of judges.
Davina's team competed in the finals and placed 3rd overall with their case!
This was an incredible opportunity as we explored the case method of studying business, which gave us the hands-on approach to learning for which Ivey is famous. We were pushed to confidently express our ideas in an unfamiliar yet supportive setting, giving us an authentic perspective of what an education (and then a career) in business would entail.
After learning a great deal from the Ivey case competition this year, my desire to consider pursuing business in the future is even stronger.