My Mohawk was a place filled with students who wanted to be something, students who wanted to make a difference and students who truly loved coming to school. From day one, I signed up and volunteered for everything because I wanted to be involved and get the most out of my college experience. Throughout my college career I was a member of the social orientation staff, resident advisor, athlete, club president, class rep, applied arts director and president of the Mohawk Students’ Association (MSA). Through these activities and groups I met the most incredible people; so driven, so passionate and completely committed to achieving their goals.These people could be teachers, students, or administrators, it didn’t matter. The lines blurred and we where all just people. I finally found my home.
It’s crazy to think that this experience was all a happy accident. I had applied to many universities in the area and was accepted to all of them, but when I got my acceptance letter from the University of South Sydney, Australia I turned down the rest and started packing my bags. A month before I was set to leave it hit me; I was 17, moving out of my parents house for the first time, half way across the world to a place I’d only ever seen on television. As the panic set in I started looking for schools closer to home that were still accepting so late in the summer. Since I had turned down all my universities, college was the only option and Mohawk took me in. I can’t imagine my life working out any other way, and I can’t conceive where I would be today had I not attended this magnificent institution.
In the years since my graduation I have been drawn many times, like a moth to a flame, home to Mohawk to visit, to see all the exciting changes that I was so much a part of during my time there. I was lucky to have attended Mohawk during a time of rebirth, renewal and reconstruction. Sure, the moving walls and caution tape could be a little frustrating, but in my position as MSA President I was asked my opinion on a number of things from paint colours to student service operations. I was able to give input and help create something for future students to enjoy for generations to come. As I walk through the halls now I see so many visions come to life and I am so proud to have been a part of it all.
Mohawk shaped me into who I am and gave me the skills, contacts and drive to land a job in my field of study. I am currently an on air personality at KX94.7fm and a video-journalist at Cable 14. I am so happy with my decision to attend Mohawk College and I am grateful everyday for the relationships I formed and the knowledge I gained at a place I am so proud to call home.
– Kat Cullen
Broadcasting – Television & Communications Media, ’10