Written by Anna Baker '21
As summer comes to an end and the 2021-22 school year approaches, many incoming Grade 12 students face the challenging and perhaps inevitable decision; what post-secondary institution am I going to attend? As a recent Albert College graduate, I was met with the same obstacle only a few months ago. Although it is an exciting time in one’s life, it can also be stressful and nerve-wracking.
In June, I made the choice to attend the University of Toronto, pursuing a Bachelor of Kinesiology. I decided to go to Toronto because it was a place where I knew I would enjoy living. I did my research – where I would live, what I would do on the weekends in the city and what the campus was like. I knew that I would be happy attending a post-secondary school in Toronto. I did not base my choice on where my friends were going or where my family wanted me to go, because ultimately the decision is not about them. My university experience is about me, and being in a place where I can thrive – a place where I want to be.
My biggest piece of advice to anyone faced with this difficult decision is to follow your heart. Only you will know which post-secondary institution where you will feel the most comfortable and happy. It is a big decision and it cannot be made by anyone else. In the end it does not matter how notable or expensive or far away the school is. What matters is your well-being, and your happiness while at school. Listen to your instincts and stay true to who you are. Your future is your decision and should not be decided by anyone else but you.
As I pack my suitcase and get ready for university, I am happy with the decision I made. I look forward to the year ahead and am happy with the decision I made. Let the adventure begin!