In high school I really had no idea what I was going to do with my life. Like many students, I was just going through the motions. I’d attend school and on Friday evenings, Saturday and Sunday go to work at Kohinoor Foods at the famous Gerrard Indian Bazaar. (Coxwell Ave & Gerrard St)
Having parents who did not speak the language or knew how the system worked here, I had no guidance on what to expect. All my older siblings had started working after graduating high school and I didn’t expect anything different for myself.
At school, I took all sorts of courses. In Grade 12 I had many OAC credits under my belt and in Grade 13 added more. I had all the sciences (Chemistry, Biology and Physics), I did all the maths (Calculus, Alegbra, Finite Math), I had English and even did business courses like Economics, Marketing and Law and getting high marks.
Yet as other students talked about going to college and university, I had no clue what I was going to do with my life. Nor what I was going to take if I went to university. But like everyone else I completed the application form and applied to University of Toronto and York University for the Sciences.
I got accepted at both.
Then York University called me and offered an entrance scholarship and stated I’d also qualify and get the Canada Science scholarship. Wow $4000 I’m thinking. That will pay for my tuition and books. I can go to university! So it was money that decided my destination and I enrolled at York university.
I’m sure, with the information age, kids are far more aware to what’s going on than I was in regards to what grants and burseries are available to them. Or I hope they are. I had no idea there was such a thing as grant available to “low income” families and even burseries at the university level to offset costs.
So I ask if you are a parent reading this, or a student, and know someone who might need guidance and help, please share it. Do them a favor and point them to the right people, websites and offer your guidance. Who knows how many fall through the cracks, or start a job because they don’t know and fall into a life of mediocrity instead of great possibilities. You could have been that difference maker. Many of the kids I played hockey on the street for asked me questions. So I’m sure there are many out there who are looking for guidance and answers.
My friend Valarie Garcia posted that- if we change only 2% of our behavior (how we spend our time) we can make huge leaps and bounds (in our happiness and success) over time.
So imagine how much your 2 cents worth of information (help) can change a student and their families life forever. So be the difference maker in someone’s life.
Thank you for reading.
God Bless, Jas Jagpal