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Staff Spotlight: Emma Jankowski

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Position: International Student Advisor
Department: International Student Services

What’s the first thing you do when you come into the office?

When I get into the office, I turn on my lamp,  sit down with my cup of tea, and look at my calendar to see what the day holds for me.

In your view what makes Ryerson unique?

Ryerson feels like home in a way that other institutions don’t. The Ryerson community is so diverse yet tight-knit. There is a genuine sense of support here that I haven’t felt at other universities or workplaces. I have experienced Ryerson both as a graduate student and as staff and I can tell you that this place is a true gem.

What is something that you wish more people knew about about your position?

My position entails more than providing support to international students (though this is the bulk of my job!) I was fortunate enough to be assigned the WUSC (World University Service of Canada) program as part of my portfolio, where I support an amazing team of dedicated student leaders and inspirational WUSC scholars. I am also diving into territory that is unfamiliar to me and working on some media pieces with the Global Campus Network.

What made you to decide to work in Student Affairs?  If you hadn’t chosen SA, what would you be doing right now?

For the past few years, I knew that I wanted to work as an International Student Advisor and made it my goal to get here. Before I joined Student Affairs, I was lucky enough to have the once in a lifetime opportunity to act as a Project Coordinator on the Ryerson University Lifeline Syria Challenge (RULSC). It was a tough decision to make the move from a project that I was so passionate about, so if my dream job hadn’t had come up, I would still be working there.

Where is your favourite place to be outside of work?

I love going back to Granada, Spain and walking around the city. I spent a year of my undergraduate degree there and learned a lot about myself during that year. It is such a stunning city with an incredible vibe.

What’s your favourite book?

Overall, I wouldn’t say that I have a favourite book, but when I read, I prefer to read nonfiction. I really enjoyed Even Silence Has an End by Ingrid Betancourt.

What’s your top App?

Definitely WhatsApp. I love connecting with friends and family near and far throughout the day. I am also trying to work on my Twitter game…#RyersonSA.

Name the individual(s) who have made the greatest impact in your career?

I credit my good friend and former colleague, Samantha Jackson, with helping to bring me into the Ryerson community. My professional experience and career path have drastically evolved since I joined Ryerson as professional staff in 2015. I see my future here at Ryerson so I am eternally grateful to Sam for her role in making this happen.

What’s something about you that people are always surprised to learn?

I am a HUGE Beyonce fan. My friends once threw me a Beyonce-themed birthday, complete with “Beyonc-ivia” (aka Beyonce trivia). It was incredible.

What’s your favourite spot on campus?

I love my little nook in the back corner of the ISS Office (POD 50A). I have so many great interactions with students at my desk and good talks and lots of laughs with my colleagues.

In what ways have you found Student Affairs to differ from your previous work experiences?

There is a different type of energy working in Student Affairs. I’m not sure if it is the volume of face-to-face interactions that we have with students or the sense of community here, but it’s a very supportive and dynamic space to work in.

What’s your self-care like?

My self-care is a work in progress. I am trying to dedicate more time to my physical and mental well-being during the week.

What is something you are doing to increase the impact of Student Affairs at Ryerson?

When I have one on one appointments with students, I strive to see them not just as international students, but as their whole person. Student Affairs has so much to offer to and I want to make sure that students are aware of all of the resources available to them to support them on their journey and evolve throughout their time at Ryerson.

When I started working in Student Affairs I wish I had known:

I am still really new to Student Affairs and I am learning more and more every day. As an initial reflection, I see that working in Student Affairs requires you to be really well-rounded as there are so many intersections and people collaborating across departments.


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