One of the biggest transitions a teenager goes through is leaving for home while headed to post-secondary. When my time comes to start the new chapter of my life I think I will be feeling may different new emotions. I will be feeling scared and alone but happy and excited too as I will be experiencing new things and meeting new people. One of the biggest challenges for me will most likely be the big crowds and the loss of my safe space, to cope with these challenges I will need to teach myself how to take in all the people without panic and learn how to make something new feel like mine. I believe that if I get a good routine and stay with it I will be able to keep my nervousness down to a minimum. When kids live at home they are very dependant on their parents and when they leave they are lost and unsure what to do with themselves. I am confident in myself that I will be very well off when I go to post-secondary. One of the main reasons why this thought is in my mind is that I have been raised in a way where I need to do things for myself like making meals and completing challenging tasks successfully. Although I seem to get into my head a lot and bring myself down by thinking less of my abilities, I know I will be able to keep challenging myself and have a successful out come at least 50% of the time. I’m not a perfect person but I am able to over come challenges I put on myself which will help me with post-secondary. Having this ability gives me good hopes for myself and relieves some of my stress about continuing on with my education. I am a sociable person and am usually good in large groups and I’m not afraid to talk to or interact with others but sometimes I do seem to let my nerves get the best of me and I freeze. 4-H has been a large apart of my life for the past 9 years has helped me stay calm and have the social skills I do today. When I was 7 I had no idea how much 4-H would impact my life and help me potentially have a higher chance of being accepted into the college or university I want to go to. Now that I’m older and am closer to graduating and starting the second chapter of my life I understand the impact it has had on me and everything it has helped me accomplish.
The Alexander Rutherford Award was created in honour of Alexander Rutherford who was Alberta’s first Premier and Minister of Education. The purpose of the award is to recognize senior high students and the hard work they put into their studies encouraging them to continue on to post-secondary. To be eligible for the award you must have your official high school transcripts and be enrolled full time in post-secondary studies. Some of the requirements is an average of 80% or higher in grade 10,11, and 12. One of the downfalls is after you apply and receive the award you might not get it again, but if you do receive it you can receive up to $2500 that you put toward you secondary tuition.
Throughout my life I have come across many different activities I can’t get enough of! My top three favourites are: volleyball, spending time with my sheep, and cooking/baking.
Being able to play volleyball helps me gain technical skills that can help me with other activities that use hand eye coordination. Each skills builds to another increasing my athletic abilities. Being able to be on the court allows me to enter my zen and focus on my true passion, being able to show my strengths, physical and mental, through something I love helps me gain further skill and confidence that will help with future events.
Not only fluffy friends but a good college fund too! Spending time with my sheep allows me to enter an environment filled with peace and tranquility allowing me to clear my mind of the days stress. One of my favourite things about having sheep as one of my top hobbies is seeing all of the babies in the spring bouncing around under the sun. Seeing the lambs running and playing reminds me of what is possible in nature and the beauty the lies in front of us every day. Sheep are cool and they make me happy.
The fresh scent of the cinnamon coming from the carrot cake as it bakes in the oven is my favourite part of having a love for baking. For me baking is like having a scented candle lit for hours so it’s strong enough to fill the house but the smell doesn’t end up making you want to puke, and you get tasty treats out of it! I have always loved being in the kitchen and creating new flavours and trying to make desserts the seem near impossible to create and is an easy way to challenge myself. Baking is another hobby that allows me be alone with my thoughts and take a break from society and screens, its also a good way to make friends because people like food!
These three hobbies are what I feel make my life less dull than it already is.