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Lauren

  • InstituteMacEwan University
  • ProgramPsychology
  • RegionEdmonton

My post-secondary experience turned out to be much different than I thought it'd be, and I’m excited for what my future holds!

I was born and raised in Edmonton and spent a lot of my childhood exploring my neighborhood. I loved going on adventures, playing games with my friends, and learning about the world. I had dreams of travelling and experiencing what the world had to offer.

Junior high felt like a breeze in terms of grades. I did well and didn’t have a hard time besides the awkward transition into becoming a teenager. High school, on the other hand, was a much different story. I went from getting the highest grades in my junior high classes to struggling in high-school and failing math and physics. I was going through some issues in my personal life which caused me to become depressed and I kind of lost interest in school. By senior year, I was ready to be done with this chapter in my life.

My parents kept asking me about what I wanted to do next, but I had no idea. It seemed like everyone else around me had a plan, but I was stuck. My parents agreed to let me take a year off to figure out what I wanted to do. They suggested all sorts of post-secondary programs, but nothing seemed to pique my interest.

I didn’t like the idea of going from high school straight to post-secondary for a program I didn’t really want to do.

During my gap year, I decided to go to Centre High and upgrade my classes. As much as I hated the idea of going there initially, it ended up being an amazing experience. The teachers I had there were some of the most genuine instructors I’ve ever had, and I wished that I could’ve gone to Centre High the whole time instead of my actual high school!

After upgrading my high school grades, I applied at MacEwan University for the Communications program and got accepted. Lo and behold, post-secondary has turned out to be a pleasant surprise.

Although my first year was a little messy, I ended up joining a few student clubs and becoming really involved with the university, which I never thought I would do when I was in high school. I got a job with the Students’ Association for two years, where I got a taste of working in the field of mental health. That experience was really influential, so much so that halfway through my Communications degree, and after a few sessions with my psychologist, I ended up switching programs to pursue Psychology in the Bachelor of Arts program.

Now I’m pursuing something I’m truly passionate about and am excited for what the future will bring. I’ve been travelling during my breaks between semesters, and have even had a bunch of travelling opportunities through school. Long story short, post-secondary can really surprise a person in great ways.