Sondra: A story of perseverance
Perseverance: I became a student at Fanshawe in 2009 and successfully completed the first year of the two year program. I had plans to graduate in 2011 and pursue a bachelor’s degree at university. I am passionate about psychology and helping others.
My plans had a collision with life and as a result I had to overcome multiple challenges. Beginning autumn of 2010 until present time, I’ve experienced the following:
I safely and successfully left an extremely abusive marriage.
I experienced the death of my grandmother.
I was injured when my car was struck by a careless driver of a transport truck.
I experienced the agonizing lung cancer illness and death of my Dad.
I incurred a brain injury and other physical injuries when my car was struck by another careless driver. Leaving me with permanent disabilities.
I developed severe anxiety and hysterical blindness as a result of stress and trauma.
I was forced to file bankruptcy due to divorce
I applied to Ontario Works to provide me with financial assistance.
I‘ve just completed level three in the second year of the program. I reached this milestone because of perseverance, but I could not have come this far if it wasn’t for the accommodation, financial aid and compassion I‘ve received from the devoted Fanshawe College staff.