Becoming an Adult: 2017 Grads

College prepares you for the real world.

We’ve all heard this before. Students juggle school, work, family, friends, and everything in between. This balancing act provides you with the skills necessary to survive in the real world.

Our three 2017 grads are back to share their experiences over the year. This month, we asked our grads what they think are the stresses of being an adult, how they’re preparing for life after college, and any similarities or differences they are anticipating.

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Compare and Contrast, University to College

mohawk fennell campus“It’s no big deal.” I told myself walking down the stairs in iWing on my first day of college.

“You’ve done this before.”  This was my second post-secondary experience, and I was prepared for whatever the Public Relations Post-Graduate program had to offer.  As I was to find out, many of my classmates were in the same boat. Over half of my class are university graduates who’ve decided to attend Mohawk to create a definite path for their future.

After five years at McMaster, and then one year working in a call centre, I was so ready to start learning some practical skills and working on starting a career. I figured that it would be a breeze. I’d gotten decent marks in University. I had spent sleepless nights writing papers about masculinity, hegemony, colonialism and other complicated stuff. I was wrong. Continue Reading

Leaving My Sleepy Hometown Behind

swingsSeptember marks the first month of college for many people and it also marks the first time living independently. Years ago I, like many others, had finally moved out of my sleepy hometown and moved into a house full of strangers, who later became my friends.

From that time, I can recall my first month of college, enrolled in the Business Administration program at Mohawk. I was overly excited, spent way too much money on textbooks, met new friends and had an agenda that became full of project dates (and parties!). Not only was I excited, but I often felt anxious and clueless. I was experiencing something brand new and faced the beginning of a new chapter in my life. Continue Reading

8 reasons you should consider going to university

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A question you should always be asking yourself is, “What’s next?”

As a Mohawk College student or alumni, you have (or will have) something university recruiters love: educational and practical experience. Essentially, you will add to the value of their student body and enhance their academic image as an educational institution.

Being a college-transfer student at a university myself, I have no doubt that playing on both sides of the educational field is very beneficial, both in your personal and professional development. Here are eight fantastic reasons why you should consider transferring to university after completing your diploma:

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Working to Produce Better Prepared Graduates

While attending Mohawk in the early 1990's grad, Todd Midgley, sought to get more programs to have co-op components to them.

While attending Mohawk in the early 1990’s grad, Todd Midgley, sought to get more programs to have co-op components to them.

I’m often impressed with the way that Mohawk College is constantly striving to improve their programs and courses.  I once had a hands-on experience with this process while I attended Mohawk full-time studying for my Electrical Engineering Technician Diploma from 1989 to 1991. Continue Reading