Education Making a Difference in the lives of First Nations and Métis people  – Jenny Chomyn
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Education Making a Difference in the lives of First Nations and Métis people – Jenny Chomyn

I had to get my act together after I had a baby. I had a baby really young and also my parents just expected me to go to school. They looked at me, “oh we got a smart kid, she’s going to go to university” – end of story. I don’t know if it was really a decision. I felt it was more of a need. I felt
compelled to go to university, that’s just what I was going to do. In all honesty, I actually learned how
much I don’t know and how much I’ll never know. Going University, I first walked in
thinking “I’m gonna learn all this great stuff, I’m going to be so smart” and when I got my degree I went, “oh my gosh, I learned just a little bit of stuff and there’s so much more out there I
could learn” – and the parallel parking. It’s important because it’s that first
building block. For some people they might think
it’s just a degree or diploma, it’s that paper in hand and what does that mean? It means it’s a start. You’ve got that initial building block and you can go forward. It will give you an opportunity to get jobs that you would have never
been considered for before. It will open up a few more doors and then
it allows you to show that employer your good stuff or it might open up more doors for other colleges, further education, because there’s a lot
of prerequisites out there. I know. I have a lot of years ahead of me. I’d say hang in there. You’re worth it. It’s almost a necessary evil. I loved it. When I first went, it was very scary. I
thought about giving up. I thought about not doing it at all. But once you get your feet wet and you get
rolling and you establish some of your roots, it’s a lot – looking back, it’s a
lot easier then than what it was when you’re
feeling at the time. Hang in there and you’re definitely
worth it.

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