A Year In Review: 2017 Grads

As 2017 comes to an end, the Class of 2017 graduates look back on how far they’ve come since graduation and where they hope to go next.

Natalie 200Natalie – Occupational and Physiotherapist Assistant, ’17/ Health, Wellness & Fitness, ’15

It is crazy to think I have not been in school for 6 months. It felt like yesterday I was preparing for written and practical exams to head out onto my placements. Time really does fly when your having fun. I don’t miss the stress of having tests, assignments and exams however I do miss learning and being with my friends!!

Things have changed in the last 6 months of my life. I have been trying to keep myself busy. I work six days a week and I am volunteering as a Coach for the Special Olympics Basketball team in the Niagara Region. I am slowly starting to feel like an adult with bills to pay.

I think for being out of school for 6 months some of my goals have changed. At this point, I am happy with a job that supports my lifestyle and that is enjoyable for me to go to every day. I am still searching for a full time permanent position within my field but time and experience will lead me there. My goals on becoming the therapist has changed at this time. I like being the assistant, doing the hands on treatments and getting to know the patient as a person. I would still love to work within the hospital setting but like I said getting experience first is important.

Things change and so will my life and career goals and I can’t wait for what the future holds!

Chanchal 200Chanchal – Canadian Health Care for Foreign Trained Professionals, ’17

Until asked, I did not even realize; it’s been 6 months since when I graduated. It feels like years, when I last went to school. Whenever I see students walking by, I realize what I am missing; the fun and cool life of college. The school is definitely being missed. There were many ups and downs since I graduated. There were so many things going on at the same time, whether it was financial issues, job search or job interviews.

I always try to make short term and long term goals. Some of the short term goals have been met, but I am still working on my long term goals. I am still preparing for my dental board exams; I try to study after work. But due to full time work and a busy schedule I am finding it hard to concentrate on my studies. Whereas when I graduated I thought I would get more time to study, but it’s not going as planned. So, I do re-evaluate my goals once in a while, so that I know where I stand in the race called life.

I am still trying to find opportunities in my field.

The only thing I know is that I have never learned to give-up.

Sometimes, life may seems to be hard on you, but don’t lose hope and faith.

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