Going to college was never my first choice. Not that I thought any less of college students; university was always the road I planned to take. When you’re a senior in high school, there is immense pressure to register for post secondary education. Your entire year revolves around your grades and what school you’re going to attend. There are countless assemblies created for schools to persuade you to make them your first choice. I already knew what I wanted to do from the start: English Teacher. My only real criterion was I had to move away. For me, personally, staying home was never an option. I have a lot of siblings and pursuing post secondary education while living at home would have been too stressful. So starts my journey to Nipissing University. I always thrived in high school and entering university I thought would be no different. It’s commonly known that your grades in your first year of postsecondary are sure to drop. The shock of being entirely responsible for all of your work and your education often throws a lot of people off. My first year went terribly. I soon realized the learning environment for university was not at all what I was looking for in my education. After two years of pushing through a program I now hated, I dropped out of school altogether.
I decided to go back home and work until I figured out what exactly I was going to do with my life. College never crossed my mind; I was considering attending a different university, or perhaps staying home. However, my brother was in college at the time and had nothing but amazing things to say. He loved the learning environment, the class sizes and the overall atmosphere. It got me thinking: maybe I should look into college? I started doing a little bit of research. I found the Advertising program by pure luck and it really caught my attention. I took a shot in the dark and signed up. I have never regretted a day since. Attending college was the best decision I’ve made when it comes to my education. I’ve met so many amazing people, gained a lot of opportunities and taken great steps toward a promising future and career. I invested in college because I wanted to ensure a good career that I loved.