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Jessa - Bachelor of Applied Arts, Paralegal Studies

My journey to Humber started seven years ago. Although my path here wasn’t always straight and narrow, I like to think that Humber was meant to be my end destination.

During my last year of high school I accepted a full hockey scholarship to a D-1 university in the United States. At the time, my life revolved around hockey and I was so happy to have achieved my goal of playing at the NCAA Division 1 level. Although I enjoyed my time in America, I struggled with my academics and mental health. I decided not to return after my second year so I could take the time off and focus on myself.

After taking a break from school, I applied to a political science degree at an Ontario university. I accepted my offer and began a new chapter of my life while continuing to play hockey at the varsity level. However, I couldn’t help but feel like something was missing. I spent two years in the program before realizing that university simply wasn’t for me. After this realization I started immediately looking into other options. That’s when I came across the Bachelor of Applied Arts, Paralegal Studies program at Humber College.

The paralegal degree program at Humber is the only one of its kind in Canada. This instantly grabbed my attention, as I knew that in a competitive industry I would be one of few who held an accredited degree in paralegal studies. After researching the program I went to Humber’s Open House, fell in love with the Lakeshore Campus and went home to accept my offer. I haven’t looked back since!

I’m now in my second year of the program and I’ve never been happier!  As someone who has struggled academically throughout my entire postsecondary career, nothing made me happier than walking across the stage to receive my Academic Award of Excellence at the Humber Academic Awards Banquet last year. My time here has opened up my life to many new and exciting opportunities!  I’ve tried out for the mooting team (competition against other law schools in mock trials), became a Student Ambassador and I’m even in the process of having one of my papers published called “Crown Treatment of Indigenous People in Canada”.

Looking back, I know that I made the right decision to come to Humber. One thing that I want all future Humber students to remember is that sometimes the path you take to greatness is unsteady, but in the end it’s always worth it when you find the perfect destination!