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Debora Vazquez

Sheridan grad Deb Vasquez

Faculty of Applied Health & Community Studies

Degree: General Arts and Science

Year of graduation: 2008

New Beginnings

2008, The Summer of My Life
I am a fairly recent immigrant to Canada. In my past life I was a Chancellor for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the Mexican Government and I always have been a life-long learner. As a new Canadian, I have faced the many opportunities and challenges that every newcomer experiences. And in the spring of 2005 I made one of my best decisions in my life: to join Sheridan.

Sheridan provided me not only with a fresh start in my life as a Canadian, but also with the means to improve my knowledge and skills in different disciplines. During the space of three years I had the opportunity to complete six programs, besides having the honour to participate as an active member in Sheridan’s student life acting as a Peer Mentor for various Student Services. These experiences rounded me not only as a student, but also represented an extraordinary vehicle to understand the unique Canadian cultural reality. During my second year at Sheridan I was recognized by receiving the Student Life Contribution Award of Excellence 2007 and the Canadian Millennium Excellence Award due to academic achievement.

The summer of 2008 was going to represent the most amazing moment of my Sheridan years when I had the privilege to work at the Career Centre, under the direction of Cindy Gillett, and when I was also notified that I had been the recipient of the Governor General’s Academic Medal as well as three Silver Medals from our Institution. Today, one of my biggest dreams has come to fruition: to become a Sheridan’s full time employee. I am working now in Counselling and Disabilities Services under the direction of Anell Bennett. Concurrently, I am pursuing a Post-Degree in Social Work at York University since I want to acquire more knowledge to be better prepared to serve and give back to my college all the knowledge and wonderful experiences obtained while I was a student at Sheridan.

Once I heard that ‘if you get a second chance, you should grab it with both your hands.’ Sheridan offered me this second chance to achieve greater things in my life. Many wonderful people in this institution, through their mentoring and support, have been a true inspiration and encouragement in achieving my dreams. They believed in me and help me discovered capabilities that I was not aware I had.

Once I read that education is the knowledge of putting one’s potentials to maximum use. Sheridan provides the most fertile ground to make it happen and leaves an indelible mark on the student’s life. It has already left a wonderful one on mine forever.
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