In celebration of our convocation 2023, and the opportunity for us to finally be together and celebrate in person after three years, we asked our graduates to share their Anderson College experience.
Asking, “How has Anderson College changed your life?” prompted over a hundred submissions … this is one of those extraordinary student stories.
We hope this reflection moves you, as it has our Anderson family, and inspires you to ever embrace the career and life you imagine and, truly, deserve.
Before Anderson College, I was a lone wolf. I came to Canada in 2009, as a teenager with an ambition to graduate from college in fashion and become successful. But life didn’t go as expected. I had a baby at a young age, and everything changed!
“For the next 10 years, I struggled to push myself to pursue my dreams, my burdens became greater … I thought that I was going to be unhappy forever.”
For the next 10 years, I struggled to push myself to pursue my dreams, my burdens became greater, my marriage failed, my friends became distant, I developed bad habits and suffered mentally. I thought that I was going to be unhappy forever.
I struggled each day to build my life again, to provide for my children, in the best way I could. I needed to do it alone, without anyone’s help! I had a stroke in June 2022 while I was hustling to get my life back. Luckily, I survived! This was my wake-up call!
I started researching new careers and came across Anderson College. Paralegal is a challenging program which I thought I would never be able to get through. With a lot of doubt in mind, I took a gamble on myself and enrolled. It was the best decision I have ever made. I learned a lot, not only about becoming a Paralegal but also about life. I escaped my vulnerability to explore my potential. I started to open myself up to new friends from other cultures and backgrounds who were in similar situations. I did not feel alone anymore. For the first time in my life, I did not look for a reason to quit, I looked for all the reasons to move forward.
“Thank you, Anderson College, for giving me an opportunity to write a brand-new chapter of my life.”
Thank you, Anderson College, for giving me an opportunity to write a brand-new chapter of my life. Before, I was afraid of being judged, afraid that I would not be able to be successful in school after being away from it for such a long time, but Anderson proved me wrong. I graduated with the knowledge to begin a new career and a new life AND with friends who encouraged and pushed me along the way. I am no longer alone!
Archimedes once said, “Give me a place to stand and I will move the earth.” in a literary way, Anderson College gave me a place to stand, and I will always be grateful for that.
If you felt inspired by Van’s story and are looking to launch you legal career you can click to learn more about our Paralegal program. Or if you have other interests, you can explore one of our other 30+ leading-edge programs.
When you’re ready to train and embrace the next level of your career, we can help you navigate the steps along the way. Book your virtual appointment with one of our supportive admissions advisors today and let’s get you started!