Taris: What are you going to Concordia for?
Katie: A science degree.
What made you want to go to university?
K: It’s hard to get a career without university education and having it just opens up so many doors. In the time that I have been going to university, my perspectives have changed and it has been allowing me to learn and engage in society in a new way.
R: I wanted to elevate my mind and intelligence through education.
How have your classes been so far?
K: It has been difficult to find the right balance in what you’re supposed to be doing for your professor, depending on what they want from you.
R: Stressful. Really stressful. They have been insightful and have challenged my mind in ways that have not challenged me before. Every class is unique and that’s the difficult part.
Why did you choose Concordia?
K: Because I liked how small Concordia was and how much more personal it was. I also liked how I knew a lot of people who already went there. Everyone I talked to on the staff was super friendly and always made time to answer my questions.
R: After high school I applied at a bunch of universities and got denied by all of them and then I went back to school to upgrade my English and re sent out my applications. They once again turned me down because I didn’t have my English upgraded, so once I was finished my English I went back to the schools and finally got accepted to Concordia. I was so happy that I got accepted that I didn’t bother applying at U of A. Applying at U of A was more difficult.
What do you like most about Concordia?
K: What I like best about Concordia is the small environment, and all of the activities that you can be engaged in, like the pep rallies and the Thunder wear Fridays. It’s a very comfortable place to be with a lot that you can be part of.
R: I like the personal relationships I can have with professors.
How are you involved in the school social life?
K: Some of my friends are trying to start a Fussball club and I’m really interested in going to some Concordia Christian union events, such as the community dinner.
R: Parks Canada Club.
What is your course load like?
K: Five courses, full load. Only one lab this semester so that’s not too bad.
R: Four first year courses.
How are you both handling life at university?
K: It’s a really different experience. You just have to take everything in stride as a learning experience. What has really helped is to be able to find a balance between working on school and relationships with friends and family.
R: Probably as good as you imagine.
What are your plans for after university?
K: To become a teacher. I want to be an elementary teacher for hopefully a Catholic school or be able to work in the Logos program in a public school. The Logos program is the Christian program but for people in public schools so they can have instruction in their beliefs.
R: Ask me after university.
If you could give any advice to high schoolers, what would you say?
K: I would say don’t take every single mark as if it’s the end of the world. One bad mark can be changed. One thing that is the most important throughout the years is the relationships you build. Lower marks are not as important in the long run.
R: Even if you come home and your marks aren’t what you want them to be, and you are unsure of where your future is going, just know that you can change it. The three years of high school don’t define the rest of your life unless you let them.
I would like to thank both Katie and Ryan for giving me the time to interview them both. It was great to hear from two other first year students from such different programs!