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Juliana Onesi (Mechanical & Biomedical Engineering)

In addition to learning about business, I also had the chance to contact individuals who worked at real companies in my community, and devise strategies to improve customer or employee relations. For me, these experiences were applicable to iBioMed, since we base some of our design projects off of real clients in need of working solutions

Your DECA experience: "Joining DECA contributed to some of my favourite high school memories, especially through the provincial competitions. It was always such a thrill to present your case-studies to a judge or formulate business plans based on real companies. The skills I gained from DECA followed me into my university education, and the people I met through this club actually turned out to be some of my best friends! In fact, one of my friends and I ended up placing in two provincial competitions together!"

Why McMaster?: "I chose to go to McMaster because I loved how welcoming the Mac atmosphere was when I first visited the campus, especially the engineering community! Specifically through the iBioMed program, I was able to explore both my interests (health sciences and engineering) while focusing on the real world applications of these fields."

How did DECA help prepare you for your university program?: DECA prepared me for university because it required multi-faceted learning, ranging from interview skills to applying theoretical knowledge to specific case studies. In addition to learning about business, I also had the chance to contact individuals who worked at real companies in my community, and devise strategies to improve customer or employee relations. For me, these experiences were applicable to iBioMed, since we base some of our design projects off of real clients in need of working solutions."