MELISSA: NEVER TOO LATE GRADUATE
April 25, 2019
    

“I was 24 when a friend told me about the Never Too Late
program – I never graduated, but always talked about it. I was just going from
job to job – pointless jobs that weren’t going anywhere, where there was no
advancement. I knew there was potential for more. I called right away.”

Replacing fear with confidence

“I didn’t know if I’d be able to do it, and it was kind of
embarrassing, being 24 and going back to school, but I was one of the youngest
students. I wasn’t confident, but I was determined. I thought, “I’m going to do
this, no matter what.” There were some discouraging evenings at school, but
what helped were the people. The coordinator, the teachers, the other students
– they’re super encouraging. The people are what really made it.”

My advice

“I’d tell anyone who’s thinking about enrolling in Never Too
Late to jump in with both feet. There are so many support systems within it:
the tutors, the coordinator, the teachers, the supervisor. If you put your mind
to it, you can do it – even if it takes three times. If you fail the first
time, you go back. You know that much more. It might take a bit longer, but
you’re never going to regret trying.”

How it impacted my
family

“The program has definitely had impacts on my family,
because after I did it, my brother did it successfully, and then my stepsister,
and my friends. They were aware of the program from coming to my graduation –
grad is inspiring – and they’ve all gone on to complete the program. I’ve gone
to lots of grads now!”

Dreams are becoming
reality

“I’ve always wanted to work in the justice field, that’s
always been in the back of my head, but I didn’t think I was ever going to get
there. Having my GED made it possible. Now I’m in the third year of my
bachelor’s degree with Lethbridge college – Bachelor of Arts in Justice
Studies. I know I’m on my way.”