Samir Macklai

Student Focus: Samir Macklai

“I would like to give my sincerest appreciation and thanks to the donors of the Canadian Print Scholarships for utmost support to the Canadian secondary school community. As I progress my studies in graphic communications, I am so grateful to be awarded this scholarship and the recognition from the board.

As a child, I was very attracted to the printing industry as the aspect of working for a magazine company interested me. Seeing the pages of fashion, travel, and home decor magazines in offices and grocery stores made my curiosity grow as I wanted to see how they were made.

From the cover art to the articles, I grew obsessed with reading them and collecting special editions such as the Vogue Holiday Issues. As I grew older, I realized that the printing industry isn’t just limited to books or magazines but packaging and marketing which all seemed so interesting to learn about.

The ability to create something from the start of an article to see it formatted, to being printed to be bound to then sent to the consumer was so ground-breaking to me that I knew I wanted to work in this industry.

Because of my love for the publishing aspect of the printing industry and my aspiration to work in a magazine office, I began researching schools. I wanted to go to a university that was very technologically advanced, was open to the modern world, and adapted quickly to new trends such as using social media and appealed to the young generation. With this, I found Ryerson University and the program Graphic Communications Management. From exploring their website to watching every video that was offered, I was in love with the program and immediately applied once applications were open.

I knew that getting into this program was my way into the print industry and after graduation, I could achieve my dream of working at a magazine’s HQ or office. Graphic Communications Management offers a wide array of skills such as design skills that are needed for the industry but also teaches the principles of business that work hand-and-hand with its design counterpart.

Ryerson University is extremely modern in their exterior as they are based in Downtown Toronto but also prepare their students with the right tools to make it into the industry.

For this reason, I believe that Graphic Communications Management was the perfect program for me and I once again would like to thank the donors of the Canadian Printing Industries Scholarship for their generosity and support.”

Samir Macklai, Ryerson University, Class of 2024

“The mission of Canadian Print Scholarships is to attract the brightest and best students available to the graphic communications industry by providing financial assistance to enroll and continue in a post-secondary management or technical program at an approved institution.”

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