Checking in with Mount Royal alumni: Hugh Baker
Your name, program and year of graduation at MRU.
Hugh Baker, Broadcasting, 2000
Describe your career path in 50 words or fewer.
I have held many positions, from CSR to manager of training. My education gave me the skills to become an instructor teaching public speaking and business writing. Every role I have had has prepared me for my current role as an advisor in the office of the registrar at SAIT.
What three words describe your student experience at MRU?
Supportive, encouragement, fun
What was the most important course you took at MRU and why?
This one was a tough one to nail down, so I will actually give two courses. The first was Intro to Political Science as it proved I could be successful in post-secondary. The second one was my final course, but the name escapes me at this time. I had to come back for one final course after the rest of my classmates had graduated. This was because a course I took in my first year could not be used for graduation. The final course I took allowed me to receive my diploma.
How have you invested in your community after MRU?
I have competed for Canada as a bobsleigh athlete on the national development team. During that time, I donated half of the money raised from my individual fundraisers to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. I have also assisted in coaching youth football.
What is the best piece of advice you received at MRU that helped you prepare for your career?
My Radio Broadcast News Instructor Marc Chikinda once told me that all the intelligence in the world will not be enough to achieve success. He said I needed to put in the work to achieve my goals. It is something that stuck with me and something I apply in my professional and personal life.
What is your claim to fame?
I was the king of karaoke (unofficially).
What do you miss most about being a student?
The comradery between me and my classmates was something I truly miss. The people in my program became a second family to me.