Interview with Aly Madhavji

How would you describe your years in university? - The Medium
Aly Madhavji: I definitely loved it. It was one of the best experiences of my life.

I did poorly in my classes [in] first year, but I learned to get organized and prioritize, so over time I could still be involved around campus, yet focused. I got involved with student government, my residence housing, meeting new people, and it all contributed to my personal development.I was able to work for students and [participate in] social as well as academic activities.

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Website: www.SucceedinUniversity.com
How did you manage all of that and good grades? What was something you used to separate the personal growth from the academic? - The Medium
AM: For me, the big thing was learning to be organized and I talked about it in the guide as well. I think any student can do it. I’m an ordinary student who made all the ordinary mistakes. What I think I picked up a little quicker was to stay organized and trying to push myself—one step each time—further. I used resources like my phone calendars with due dates and reminders to finish my assignments before deadlines. If you can do that, then you can also plan out volunteering and work, if you’re doing that part-time. The important thing is definitely to organize oneself and be efficient.

The Medium Newspaper Interview: http://www.succeedinuniversity.com/index.php/uoft-your-guide-to-success/pages/view/interview-with-the-author#.UusDlPldV8E
Website: www.SucceedinUniversity.com
When did you decide that you wanted to write this guide? - The Medium
AM: As I was graduating, I talked to a lot of alumni and they all wished they knew things in first, second, and third year that would help them do certain things better. I kept hearing the same things and wondered why everyone still continues to make the same mistakes.

It didn’t make sense to me, so I started compiling different ideas in my fourth year. And as I talked to more alumni, they suggested I can make into a helpful guide that turned into this. But then we needed to make it accessible to students, so I ended up getting it published.

The Medium Newspaper Interview: http://www.succeedinuniversity.com/index.php/uoft-your-guide-to-success/pages/view/interview-with-the-author#.UusDlPldV8E
Website: www.SucceedinUniversity.com
How was your publication process? - The Medium
AM: I published it through Smashwords, and then I self-published it. So it’s available on iBooks, Androids, and from the Barnes & Noble online bookstore.

The Medium Newspaper Interview: http://www.succeedinuniversity.com/index.php/uoft-your-guide-to-success/pages/view/interview-with-the-author#.UusDlPldV8E
Website: www.SucceedinUniversity.com
What does your book offer to students that other books don’t? - The Medium
AM: There are a couple of things that really stand out about it. Most college/university guides basically just say that you need to study, to go to class, and to get organized—the basic stuff that’s not very practical. A lot of it focuses on the academics, whereas I try to emphasize that academics are important but so is getting involved. What I tried to cover in [my guide] is how I made my mistakes. I have excerpts that are personal. It talks about how I screwed up, what you can do differently to learn from my mistakes. It’s very down-to-earth; you get to know me through it and see how I messed up but gradually improved over the next three years.

The Medium Newspaper Interview: http://www.succeedinuniversity.com/index.php/uoft-your-guide-to-success/pages/view/interview-with-the-author#.UusDlPldV8E
Website: www.SucceedinUniversity.com
Do you think it’s important in university to say, “Okay, I messed up,” or just move on when you make those mistakes? - The Medium
AM: It was vital to capture the realism and the down-to-earth bit. I had to be able to say that this guide was written by an ordinary person so you can do it too. You can make mistakes too, but you need to be able to learn from them, grow up, and continue to improve.

The Medium Newspaper Interview: http://www.succeedinuniversity.com/index.php/uoft-your-guide-to-success/pages/view/interview-with-the-author#.UusDlPldV8E
Website: www.SucceedinUniversity.com
In a nutshell, what’s the take-home message this book is trying to convey? - The Medium
AM: That’s tough. I think it’s trying to tell students to really embrace their university experience by trying and making the most of their time here.

The Medium Newspaper Interview: http://www.succeedinuniversity.com/index.php/uoft-your-guide-to-success/pages/view/interview-with-the-author#.UusDlPldV8E
Website: www.SucceedinUniversity.com
Published 2014-01-30.
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