Moving West

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Moving West

July 20, 2011

Hi there! My name is Lynne and I’m a Youth Services Officer in Victoria. Although I was born and raised in the nation’s capital, all I wanted to do after I graduated from high school was get as far away as possible. You might be wondering, “Why? I hear Ottawa is a sweet place to live.” Yes, it’s a great place to grow up in with endless opportunities, but when you’ve lived somewhere for a long time ― and I’m sure many share my sentiments ― all you want to do is leave everything behind to start with a clean slate and define yourself in a completely new environment.

This was the opportunity that post-secondary education created for me and, by saving for many years in advance and having an RESP, I had the freedom to choose. The CanLearn website, which I now use regularly, is a wonderful resource for planning your future.

Choosing a university, college, or any post-secondary program can be quite challenging and confusing. I started early and based my search on three major criteria: average class size, university size, and education/professor quality. It was really important for me to not be just another student in a 400+ person lecture theatre, to be in an environment that didn’t feel crowded or overwhelming and to get the best quality of education for my money. I also wanted to get as far away from where I grew up as possible. In fact, I think it might have been closer to home if I’d gone to school in England rather than the University of Victoria.

Leave a comment and share some of the tools that helped you and the factors you considered or are considering before making any decisions.

Lynne Matthews
Youth Services Officer, British Columbia