Student Spotlight - Victoria Currah
Written by: Katie Fitzgerald
Photographed by: Alex Ho
As seen in the October 2018 issue of Lazy Faire magazine
Victoria Currah is a 5th year Bachelor of Commerce student with a major in accounting. She is a globe-trotting fashionista, where her creativity comes to life through her fashion blog. She has completed a semester abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark, as well as been involved in the co-op program through the Alberta School of Business. This month, we chatted with Victoria about the benefits of going on exchange, staying organized in school, and following her passion.
What has been your favorite experience in the Alberta School of Business?
I would probably say my exchange was my favorite experience in university, for sure. When people say that it changes your life, it 100% does. You can learn a lot about yourself and about the world.
If you could give advice to your first-year self, what would that be?
My advice to my first-year self would be that you don’t have to do everything that everyone around you is doing. When I first got into university, it seemed like people were encouraging me to be on every single club and get straight A’s, which stressed me out a lot. I think we go into business school with all of these expectations from other people of what we have to do and who we have to be. I think it wasn’t until my second year that I realized that I can’t do everything, which led me to pick activities to be involved in that I thought were most important to me.
What inspired you to start your own fashion blog?
I have loved fashion for a long time. The blog was something I was always hesitant to start because a lot of people didn’t accept it as a real passion or a real hobby. Once I got into business at the University of Alberta, I realized the potential my blog could have, and the opinions of other people didn’t matter as much anymore.
I adored everything about fashion blogging, and I spent so much time on it that I thought: why not make something of this? A lot of people start fashion blogs, seeing it as something to make money from, but I was looking for a creative outlet. Accounting isn’t the most creative profession, and I found that I really needed somewhere to express my creativity outside of school.
What was your exchange semester in Copenhagen, Denmark like?
My exchange was amazing. The exchange coordinator tells you, before you go, that you will come back a different person, which I didn’t really believe at first — but it was true! I learned so much about myself because I was forced into so many situations that I wouldn’t have otherwise been in. Being thrusted into a new culture, city, and language was so scary, but so rewarding. I think coming back was the hardest part of my whole exchange because I had to get used to life here again.
What has been your biggest learning experience in life?
I think university has been my biggest learning experience throughout my life. My first year of university, I didn’t really enjoy school. Then when I got into business, it was a lot more directed to what I wanted to do. Having the blog as my creative outlet, as well as going on the exchange, sort of molded together who I thought I was, and who I wanted to be, into who I am today.
How do you find balance in your life?
I am a pretty big scheduler and I actually schedule in time to do nothing. When I first started university, I didn’t take time for myself and do things that I enjoyed. I found that being at school all of the time made me go a bit stir crazy. So, I started scheduling time to see my friends or even watch TV. By doing this, it has helped me to force myself to find balance in my life. I realized that if I am not happy, then I won’t do well in school.
I have a bullet journal that I made myself to help me schedule my life better. I couldn’t find a journal that had a weekly to do list or daily reminders, so I just started making my own. It actually worked out really well for my co-op term, and now I am using it to organize my life at school.