Bachelor of Arts, Minor in Indigenous Studies, Class of 2021
I originally started as a student in the sciences however I found that I was feeling incredibly unfulfilled in my studies. I switched into a General Arts degree while I continued to earn credits and found that I naturally gravitated towards Indigenous-related courses. This program even offered me the flexibility to take courses in History or Religion and still have them count towards my Indigenous Studies degree, which was really exciting because my previous program had very rigid course requirements.
I also really appreciated the Institute’s community feel. You end up taking many of your courses with the same students, so the sense of community comes easier than in other studies at the University. Additionally, as a mother of two, I was able to bring my children to class and not feel out of place, which is so important for any Indigenous parent and full-time student.
During finals of my last semester, I was offered a contract position at Carleton University as Coordinator and Student Advisor for the Indigenous Enriched Support Program during a short transition of their program between departments. I definitely credit the Institute for providing me with plenty of diverse opportunities during my studies to grow my skills and education.