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Education • Photo Restoration • 56 • Gabičko • University

• Engineering was the hardest four years of my life. I studied seven days a week, usually till late into the evenings, with only Friday or Saturday night to unwind.  Physics didn’t come easy to me. Semiconductor theory, special & general relativity, radio communications, quantum physics, nuclear science – all of it was hard. I had to find a way to visualize what I was learning, and that was my biggest challenge. I nearly failed physics in the second year, while  enrolled in the Engineering Physics program! To this day I honestly believe that physics professor would have failed me. I can’t say for sure, how I passed, but, but I’m certain that he let me go because he saw I had passed my other courses. I scraped by with my lowest grade ever: 52%.

• I was petrified of failing any course. Not for fear of failure, but because I knew that if I failed any course, it meant adding an additional year to my studies.  From 19 students, I managed to graduate in the top half. During the week of my graduation I visited the Dean of Engineering, Gary R. Purdy and thanked him for accepting me into the engineering program. According to the Top 500 Universities in the World, there are four Canadian universities in the top one hundred. McMaster University ranked 90 in 2014.

• After graduation I realized there weren’t many options for me. I could have pursued a Master’s degree, which was a logical direction for some of my colleagues. That didn’t interest me. I struggled so much in the undergraduate program I felt I didn’t have the brain capacity.  Another option was to go for an MBA, but wanted to get some work experience first. Also, my graduating class entered the middle of a recession in 1991. So applying for any engineering job was a crazy affair.  I recall submitting my resume to a job that had 2000 applicants. In hindsight I wasted two years before realizing I should have just gone for that MBA while I still had the cognitive capacity. By the time time I wrote the GMAT, I had missed that boat, acing the math, but fairing poorly on the English part.

• This year commemorates the 25th anniversary of my graduation.

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 7 minutes 20 seconds

91.May - Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Engineering graduation photo)
91.May – Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Engineering graduation photo)
91.May - Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Engineering graduation class)
91.May – Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Engineering graduation class)
91 - Hamilton · McMaster University · Engineering Physics Class
91.May – Hamilton · McMaster University · Engineering Physics Class

 

91.May - Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Engineering Physics, degree)
91.May – Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Engineering Physics, degree)

 

91.May - Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Engineering Physics, brochure)
91.May – Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Engineering Physics, brochure)

 

• 1991 May 31 • Hamilton, Ontario, Canada • McMaster University, Convocation

91.May - Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Convocation, photo)
91.May – Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Convocation, photo)

• My mother only paid for my first year of studies. I managed to finance the latter three years from my summer jobs and working as the bookkeeper at my mother’s animal hospital.

 

91.May - Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Convocation Ceremony)
91.May – Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Convocation Ceremony)
91.May - Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Rituals of Convocation)
91.May – Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Rituals of Convocation)

 

91.May - Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Convocation)
91.May – Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Convocation)
91.May - Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Convocation Announcement)
91.May – Hamilton · Gabriel Dusil (McMaster University, Convocation Announcement)

 


87.Jun - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil (Aldershot High School, graduation photo, premiere pro)

Education • Photo Restoration • 51 • Gabičko • High School

• Physics was my passion as far back as high school. It’s thanks to Mr. V. Cantlon, my grade 13 physics teacher from Aldershot Secondary School.  He was also my favorite teacher from middle school.  The subject wasn’t particularly my strong point, but I felt I enjoyed the subject enough to pursue it into my undergraduate studies.

• My other favorite teacher was Mrs. L. Tessler, my ninth and eleventh grade English teacher, giving me the passion to express myself in words. Mrs. Tessler had the most wickedly teaching voice. It hypnotized me every time I listened to her, going as far as falling in love with her voice. I always wanted to impress her with my writing skills. But I could never seem to exceed an 80% grade on my essays. It wasn’t until I read the words of a 90% English student that I realized what it takes to get to the next level.

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86 - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil, Tim Steele & Doug Little (Aldershot High School, lockers)
86 – Burlington · Gabriel Dusil, Tim Steele & Doug Little (Aldershot High School, lockers)
86 - Burlington · Tim Steele, Gabriel Dusil & Doug Little (Aldershot High School, lockers)
86 – Burlington · Tim Steele, Gabriel Dusil & Doug Little (Aldershot High School, lockers)
87.Jun - Burlington · Mr. Cantlon, Eva & Gabriel Dusil (high school graduation)
87.Jun – Burlington · Mr. Cantlon, Eva & Gabriel Dusil (high school graduation)
87.Jun.11 - Burlington · David Forsyth, Gerry Galea, Drew Schemmer, Doug Little & Gabriel Dusil (high school prom)
87.Jun.11 – Burlington · David Forsyth, Gerry Galea, Drew Schemmer, Doug Little & Gabriel Dusil (high school prom)
87.Jun.11 - Burlington · Doug Little, Gerry Galea, Drew Schemmer, Gabriel Dusil & David Forsyth (high school prom)
87.Jun.11 – Burlington · Doug Little, Gerry Galea, Drew Schemmer, Gabriel Dusil & David Forsyth (high school prom)
87.Jun.11 - Burlington · Blake Paterson & Gabriel Dusil (high school prom)
87.Jun.11 – Burlington · Blake Paterson & Gabriel Dusil (high school prom)
97.Dec - Burlington · Geoff Baxter, Gabriel Dusil, Ian Hawkins, Doug Little & Drew Schemmer (christmas party at Drew's, 1)
97.Dec – Burlington · Geoff Baxter, Gabriel Dusil, Ian Hawkins, Doug Little & Drew Schemmer (christmas party at Drew’s, 1)
97.Dec - Burlington · Geoff Baxter, Gabriel Dusil, Ian Hawkins, Doug Little & Drew Schemmer (christmas party at Drew's, 2)
97.Dec – Burlington · Geoff Baxter, Gabriel Dusil, Ian Hawkins, Doug Little & Drew Schemmer (christmas party at Drew’s, 2)
99.Sep.22 - Prague · Doug Little, Geoff Baxter & Drew Schemmer (stag)
99.Sep.22 – Prague · Doug Little, Geoff Baxter & Drew Schemmer (stag)
99.Sep.25 - Prague · Doug Little, Geoff Baxter & Drew Schemmer (wedding, best men)
99.Sep.25 – Prague · Doug Little, Geoff Baxter & Drew Schemmer (wedding, best men)

86 - Burlington · Gabriel Dusil, Tim Steele & Doug Little (Aldershot High School, lockers, premiere pro)