When you find what you love, age isn’t a factor

Returning to school is not something everyone would do. Starting a career at almost 40 years of age may sound even more daunting, but, as Chris Parker ‘99 discovered, when you find what you love to do, age isn’t a factor. A little push from those closest to you to pursue your dreams doesn’t hurt either.

Immediately after graduating from high school, Chris was solely interested in making money. Almost two decades later, he faced the implications of his decision when he became interested in law enforcement. After years of working in factory jobs, Chris’ hope for change came through a volunteer opportunity with his local police service. Continue Reading

Volunteering to Opportunity: Heather Beale ’01

After moving from a small town to attend Mohawk College for Radio Broadcasting in the late 1990’s, graduate Heather Beale (nee McClellan) had no intention of moving back home. She recalls telling her mom when returning to Mohawk for her third year, “I’m hoping not to return home. Nothing against you, but I’m hoping to branch out on my own and be my own person.” Continue Reading

Learning Forever

Learning for life was never really a concept I gave much thought to as I made my way through years of a post-secondary education. I can clearly recall the last semester in my fourth year of university, counting down the days to be finished. No more essays. No more peer-reviewed articles. No more hours spent in a library surviving on peanut butter sandwiches.

But then I went to college for a post-grad certificate and things changed. Yes, it was still a ton of work, but I was given more opportunities to be creative and work with students in other programs, and I could start to see a path to a career. Continue Reading

Giving Back Is Good For You

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Volunteering or giving back by helping others not only benefits your community, but can also have significant health benefits for you too. According to a variety of studies including this one conducted in 2013 found that 94% of people surveyed say volunteering improves their mood and 96% felt volunteering enriches their sense of purpose in life.

Some of our bloggers have shared their experiences giving back to their communities and why they encourage others to do the same: Continue Reading