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UM Today | St. John’s College

UM Today | St. John’s College

July 9, 2024 —

What started as her first job has now helped Judy Jayasuriya make a positive impact on experiential learning on campus.

Judy began her career as a student at St John’s College working in the development office alongside Derek McLean and Maureen Kolodie. She was eager to learn and kick-start her career. Judy felt the nerves of the first day, the excitement and the eagerness to get started as she reflected on her experience at SJC.

“This is where I gained a lot of the skills I have today. It wasn’t just an office, it was a culture for me. I felt like I was in a team where I could grow and learn.”

As Judy outgrew her role in the Development Office, she continued to develop within the university in areas such as alumni relations, supporting students in University One and, more recently, as a leader of experiential learning at the Asper School of Business.

For Judy, experiential learning is not just about gaining practical experience; it is about enjoying the process of applying classroom learning to the real world. Judy continually works to make this experience enjoyable and educational for students through various opportunities in the Asper faculty.

“Experiential learning is an enjoyable experience for many students and it bridges the gap between academia and the workplace. It allows students to learn skills, make connections and gain knowledge that they can apply to future work.”

As experiential learning continues to have a positive impact on students on campus, Judy looks forward to the future for these students at the Asper School of Business.

Please visit our website for more information about opportunities available at St John’s College Development Office.