Maybe I am a bit too old to think of myself as a make believe character but using my imagination is where I find my liberty. I like to tell myself that up in my head I can be anyone and do anything I want, unfettered from any made-up persona or the rules and regulations of this universe.  So today I feel like a superhero, and maybe you can join me.

I am a quiet, ordinary girl that shares similar dreams with many others I’m sure. I mean, who doesn’t want a good job, a sustainable life and ultimately happiness? I have lived for seventeen years and for 14 of those years I have been training, in other words going to school in the hope of becoming something and forging an identity for myself. I am not big and green or able shoot spider webs from my wrist but I do have a keen ability that allows me to gather information. My brain is constantly at work gathering, analysing, and storing data. I am constantly stealing information from the books I read. Preferring to spend time alone I like to simply contemplate. If someone starts up a conversation with me I automatically begin to divert the conversation from myself to the other person. You can think of me as an introvert, but today I’ll call myself the Black Hole. But what happens when the little town of Bradford is no longer enough for this super hero?

Well, what about a university, where knowledge is abundant and there is always something new to learn? So she applies to three universities Western, Mcmaster, and because she  needed a minimum of three, UTM. Seriously, she googled the first university that popped in her head other than the first two mentioned above and scrolled through its programs; forensic science sounded cool so she applied. She rejected Western and Mcmaster rejected her. What was left? UTM. But no hero’s journey is complete without a mentor (after all, a hero never volunteers, he/she must be convinced). So along came destiny’s letter which sent her on her way to UTM’s mentorship program. One of the most important things she learned everyone? Yes, ladies and gentleman, the professors do speak English, she sat through two classes: biology and abnormal psychology and loved it! It was very similar to high school in terms of being able to understand the material with the addition of a sort of independance swirling through the air. She went on a radio show, met lots of friendly people that gave very helpful advice, including Director Tracy Rogers that was kind enough to give some of her time, and that settled it, I  was going to UTM!!

Since then I have received a whole lot of help, the university made it really difficult to feel disoriented with the step-by-step processes that were emailed to us, as well as the help provided by the office of registrar. I absolutely cannot wait to start! I mean has it hit you yet? University! For a lot of us that means independence, it means greater freedom in what you want to learn, and meeting people from all over the world! I like to tell myself that up in my head I can be anyone and do anything I want. So today I feel like a superhero, and maybe you do too because it no longer just needs to be in our head. Ladies and gentleman we are now officially eagles and nobody can stop us from saving the world anymore. Nobody can tell us that we are just kids, because we’re not anymore, we could cure cancer, prove everyone wrong and build the first time machine, or finding something that doesn’t exist. So congratulations eagles look how far we made it!

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