Like many students I am leaving school with a student loan, and looking at that 5 figure amount I owe is almost unbearable. Most of my student loan went to childcare fees, almost $20,000 to be more specific. Many parents look at the realities of obtaining a post-secondary education and shy away from pursuit because of this reality. It’s not that I didn’t try to get assistance to make sure that this didn’t happen, but the reality is the assistance doesn’t exist. Getting on Hamilton’s childcare subsidy list was easy, but the weeks of waiting turned into months and the months turned into almost two years. Continue Reading
I’ve heard it so many times in the halls of Mohawk, online, and through friends that Hamilton is ‘dirty’ that we are the ‘armpit’ of Ontario. Being Hamilton born and raised I have always disliked the skewed vision people seem to have of this great city. Have you heard about the new Hamilton? We have a lot to be proud of in this town.
Through an unexpected pregnancy I was instinctively brought to a stirring Advocacy project to make Mohawk College more accessible to everyone who sets their sights on a higher education. When people think college life, they don’t think of pregnancy, parenthood, childcare costs or sleepless nights; sharing the experience with a child. I myself was once ignorant to the inevitable struggles faced by many or our peers-being a parent while navigating through post-secondary education. Continue Reading