“The hardest part for me about coming to school was walking through the door, because after being out of school for so long, you don’t think that you’re able to do it. In your mind, you set yourself up for failure… but the moment she confirmed I got the job, I knew I made it.”

Before Carrie came to Robertson, she was living with her dad. When he passed away, she took on all his bills and expenses. Financially it wasn’t working for her, so she made a decision that she had to do something that was going to benefit her future. 

The day she met all her classmates, Carrie said it felt like they were meant to be in the same class.

She still keeps in contact with a lot of them!

“It was nice to be pushed to do better."

One of her instructors was a lab technician so he was very hands-on and strict about a lot of things. He wouldn’t accept low marks and if they got one, they’d have to do a make-up test. Carrie said it was clear they cared about their grades.

“The instructors go beyond what you would think they would do for you. It’s not just here. If you need to talk to an instructor, even for a personal reason, you can pick up the phone. They’ll make themselves available. "

“I didn’t graduate from high school so going to grad was a pretty big deal for me.

I did go to grad. That was the first time. Making the decision to go back to school and having that to look forward to, I knew I would have to work hard to get there. And I did. I graduated on the honour roll, which was super. I mean I didn’t think I had it in me, but I did.

I remember getting all my stuff ready weeks before grad, like what I was going to wear, what our plans were going to be, and the day came and I had butterflies, because I knew that was the day I made it.” 

“I'm happy. I get up every day and I look forward to going to work. I didn’t have that before.

After graduation, I got a call back from CancerCare Manitoba. I screamed. I wasn’t going to answer my phone either because I was driving, but I did pull over. When she confirmed that I got the job, I was super excited. I made it. I no longer had to worry about how I was going to pay my bills. 

Go for it. Don’t think about it, just go for it. Figure out what you want to do and walk through those doors because that’s where it all starts.”

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