Now being graduated for almost four years out of high school. I have definitely learned that life is unexpected; the screen breaks on your phone, getting a driving ticket on a bad day or in my case unable to afford going back to college. I guess everyone is different when facing a speed bump in life and how they handle that stress. When finding out that OSAP would not be aiding me as a full-time student this year, I was definitely worried. With my College having no payment plan, and owing almost three thousand dollars each semester it became clear that trying to pay for my education without OSAP is very difficult.
Before I go any further, my lovely mother pays for my education which I am completely grateful for. OSAP aided my education while I attended a year at Humber College and my first year at Sheridan College. However, due to the updates on my parents income including my distance from the school (15km) and that I am the only person in my family attending College right now. OSAP did not accept my application as a full time student for my final year in Broadcast Journalism at Sheridan College. Knowing that they don’t take in consideration that one of my sisters has been running track and field professionally traveling all around Canada doing her SATs and university applications this year. Including my brother’s recent trips to Spain and England for soccer scouting opportunities. I could tell you now there is no financial aid for any of that.
Don’t get me wrong, everyone has their issues or speed bumps in their life. Regardless if they believe it is unfair or not, that’s life. C’est la vie! Yet the first night was the hardest for me to accept that I was so close to the finish line, with only a semester until I graduated. Scared of feeling like a failure and even questioning my passion in what I want to do with my life. It’s either I bask in the fear and continued to be upset, or get up and see the other opportunities in front of me and push for what I want. After watching Kid Cudi on Tedtalks, he really inspired me on how he elaborated on his own life experiences starting in high school to college including his own advice on life in general. “We are all commanders of our own destiny…” he says. Though I may not be going back this semester, I am twenty-one with a lot of time to always go back and get my Diploma when I can. Which leads me to getting more experience and confidence in knowing what I want to do as a life career. My life is in my control even though things don’t turn out the way you wanted.
I always dreamed of working around music and entertainment. With school it opened my mind to the vast opportunities Broadcast Journalism really has to offer. I fell in love with producing, on air work and even editing and graphics while working in the news room. Though I did feel like I learned a lot once having to make my own Job shadow connection with 93.5 flow radio I knew after graduating I would have to start getting more experience and making connections on my own. That is something I definitely have the time for now, pushing to work more hours and make more money.
At this point I really want to focus on my happiness and experiencing many new things. Hopefully I’ll be volunteering for Hip Hop Canada, travel to the Virgin Islands, Nova Scotia and many concerts this year. To write a lot more especially about life experiences, events and meet many amazing people along the road. Either way, life is not perfect and sometimes it even seems silly to plan life out so much or you may drive yourself crazy.
Optimist: Someone who figures that taking a step backward after taking a step forward is not a disaster, it’s more like a CHA-CHA!
I am a very ambitious person, trying to work around the stress by being as positive and optimistic as I can be. I can be very hard on myself sometimes and having many goals and dreams also brings the fear of failure. I know the world will have many amazing things and opportunities for me down the road. I just have to stay confident in who I am and what I want to do with my life. Once I find my true passion, push and love the work I do. This is just the path in my life and I will not let it stop me from getting where I want to be.