Our actions, decisions and thoughts impact who we are and what we do with our lives. After high school, I had no idea what I wanted to pursue– becoming a wedding planner, psychologist, singer? They were all dreams of mine. But when it came time to decide what path to choose, I panicked. I had an unsettling feeling going to the University of Guelph, leaving my family and friends. These are normal feelings, but once I was settled in, it occurred to me that I wasn’t pursuing what I really wanted to do.
I packed my bags and left university, choosing to go home and figure my life out and find another path. On a whim, I decided to go to Sheridan College and study Early Childhood Education because I liked working with children. My mom was a child care provider in our home so I felt that I had some experience. Once I began at Sheridan, slowly but surely, everything seemed to fall into place. I excelled at my studies and I was involved in tutoring others in my program. My first placement was at Sheridan College Child Care Centre, where I learned from the best. I was doing something I loved to do, and I couldn’t be happier. After my placement, I was hired there and continued working as I finished school and my other placements. It was truly an amazing experience to get to apply my knowledge.
Once I graduated from college, I decided to go back to university. I had a hard time choosing which one to go to due to my previous experience in university, but I took my chances and applied to Nipissing University at the Muskoka campus for Child and Family Studies. I instantly fell in love with the campus when I went on a campus tour. The classrooms were small, the residence was stunning, and it really felt like a community that I could potentially be a part of.
Now I am in my second year at Nipissing University, and I fall in love with my campus more each and every single day. I enjoy that everyone knows each another, and everyone is very warm and accepting. I’ve made friends that I can truly relate to and connect with. I’ve become an Academic Don at the Muskoka Residence, and I have learned so much about myself and the students within the building. The training I have received has not only prepared me for my position as a Don, but has also contributed to my own personal well-being. I am so grateful for the opportunities that I’ve had so far, and if it weren’t for my past experiences and what Nipissing has had to offer, I’m not sure where I would be right now.
My point to this story is that everyone makes choices in life that may not go exactly as planned. Life is an unexpected journey, and it is okay to choose a different path than the one you first picked. Going from the University of Guelph to Sheridan College and then Nipissing University in Muskoka, has really made me the person I am today and I am so glad that I made the choice to continue my education here.
Nipissing University has really shaped me into the person I want to become. I continue to learn every day from the professors, the students, and from Residence Life Staff here in Muskoka. I’m excited to see what future endeavours I may come across throughout my last few years at Nipissing University—I know that it will be an amazing journey.