Tuesday, September 6, 2011

'Why I chose Douglas College'

David Denofreo photo
Anoop Virk may be only 17, but she's already a model citizen. Anoop, who begins her post-secondary studies at Douglas this week, received a Top 20 Under 20 award for co-founding Project Hello, a program that reunites people suffering from social and health problems on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside with their families, and has been recognized as an Exceptional Canadian Youth. At the invitation of the prime minister, Anoop travelled to Ottawa and presented the first gift from Canada to William and Kate, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, during their visit in June.

Meanwhile, Anoop was accepted to UBC and SFU for first-year studies. But she chose to come to Douglas.

How come? We'll let Anoop tell you in her own words.

“I decided to come to Douglas because it fit all of my needs coming out of high school. The answer to that crucial question, “What do you want to do when you grow up?” has changed numerous times, and I know that Douglas will give me the support I need to discover myself.   

It’s OK not to have everything figured out. Personally, going to college is an easier transition for me. I want to explore different options so that I can discover myself. Smaller class sizes are a definite bonus.  

My passion is to help people, and enrolling at Douglas is a great chance to take different classes and realize what educational path I want to take. And the fact that the tuition fees are lower makes Douglas the perfect way to transition into the real world while helping me determine my education.”

How about you? Why did you choose to come to Douglas?