The myth about competition

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Like many others at the College, Stephanie Wang ’17 wanted to put to rest the rumour that Marianopolis students compete with each other.

With a personal familiarity of what it’s really like to be a Marianopolis student and with a love of computer programming, she founded a club that managed a website on which she and her fellow students shared study tips and class notes and helped each other out with their classes.

“Any talk about students betraying one another for personal success is not true. Many services and staff members are available to support students and when I was a Heath Science student at the College, I found that my classmates were always happy to help others,” says the Royal West Academy graduate who is now studying Medicine at Université de Montréal. “We wanted to provide a place where students could ask questions and have them answered by fellow students who have already taken the particular course or who have a specific answer based on their own experience with the subject matter. It’s what happens on campus all the time.”

That is just one online platform created by Marianopolis students to help one another! Last year, Herzliah graduates Raffi Hotter ’18 and Simon Tartakovsky ’18 developed Marinotes, a crowdsourced note-sharing website to help students view class notes for free. This is note-taking made simple: once the young developers receive the notes they then send them to the teacher to approve before posting them. Taylor Savelson, a Social Science – Law, Society and Justice student, calls Marinotes “the best way to disprove the idea that Mario is a competitive school!”

Here is what some other current students say about the myth that Marianopolis students are competitive with each other:

  • “I hope everyone knows that I have never once done a calculus or chemistry assignment alone. Your friends will always support and want the best for you.” – Elia Nissan, Pure and Applied Science
  • “Those rumours aren’t true. Yes, Mari is sometimes a competitive environment. But it is also a positive and friendly environment that fosters success among all students. I frequently see students help each other review before a midterm or fervently debate about the answers after the exam.” – Aaron Gao, Social Science – Honours Commerce
  • “My brother graduated from Marianopolis and told me that those two years were the best of his life so I wanted to see for myself. I’m so proud of being part of the Marianopolis family now. Because we are such a small school, most people know each other either through classes or clubs. I always see students helping and supporting one another.” – Zhi Ying Ge, Social Science – Honours Commerce
  • “The ‘competitiveness’ is not what people make it out to be. Being at Marianopolis means surrounding yourself with people who want to succeed with you, not against you. Being a Marianopolis student means working hard, persevering and engaging. The environment at the school doesn’t work against you, but rather works with you and pushes you to be the best ‘you’ you can be!” – Rome Gildone, Social Science – Law, Society and Justice