I won an award! I’m so thankful for all the support and acknowledgement that Woodsworth College has given me in my undergraduate career — it’s been a rocky transition at times, but it’ll all be worth it.
My Financial Aid advisor, Yvonne Hilder, sent me an email about the Peter F. Bronfman Awards last year. I handed in my application in the middle of the Fall 2015 semester and promptly forgot about it, which is pretty much my defense mechanism for everything stressful in my life.
As it turns out, I became one of the 2016 awardees for the Peter F. Bronfman Leadership Award! I was considered for the award because of my work with Kapisanan and Kultura, as well as my overall academic standing as a UofT student. There was a lot of excitement around my win because I was the first recipient of the award who came in through the Seneca College Liberal Arts Program; I’m glad that I went through LAT, not least because it helped to ease my transition from science-driven learning to a humanities-driven perspective.
I was so psyched when I got that phone call telling me about my win, and immediately after hanging up I shot a text off to my Mom, who, of course, was my plus one for the Gala night. I think she was even more excited than I was, and honestly, being able to share a little bit of my world with her was a great thing. It was such a humbling experience to be honoured by having my small achievements read out to a hall full of people, and to meet the other awardees who are doing amazing things with their lives. Plus, the food was great, and I got to meet some of the people who set up the Bronfman foundation and learn more about them.
I think it’s also important to celebrate the small victories right now. I’m in a tough spot this semester, but having those golden moments where I had my Mom, good wine, delicious food, as well as the company of people who believed in me and celebrated my achievements was a nice respite from the stress.