My name is Elisabeth Klassen, and I am going into second year in a Bachelor of Software Engineering Program at the University of Victoria. I have been a member of the Abbotsford Fish and Game Club for seven years.
I received the scholarship last year, for my first year at UVic, and it was exceedingly helpful for me. Engineering is a complex discipline with a lot of intensive requirements and many classes. The funds provided helped me to enter such a program and afford the books and supplies needed for a course with so many classes. Engineering often requires specialized tools and equipment, which these funds also helped me buy without difficulty. Furthermore, the funds allowed me to be certain that I be able to afford my education without worry, and to be sure that I would not have to also hold a job while attending classes, allowing me more time to focus on my classes and get better grades.
The time I had to focus on my classes no doubt contributed to the grades I received, which in turn, allowed me to get a co-op job as a software developer at a startup company in Victoria, an experience which is uncommon among first-year students. This job is helping me gain experience in my field and develop my learning beyond what I would gain in an ordinary classroom. I can thank AFGC for the funding that allowed me to maintain my focus on my studies and get this job that is contributing to my education.
My experience at UVic has been very positive, despite the challenges of university. Adapting to a new situation is always difficult and learning to live on my own was complicated. I had to devote myself to my studies while also finding time to take care of my needs and explore the city I was now living in. While it took some adapting, I was able to find a schedule that worked well for me, and was able to persevere through the difficulties to achieve the standards I had set for myself – and those that the Abbotsford Fish and Game Club sets for its scholarship applicants.
I learned many new things at university this year – not only academic, although I learned plenty about that, but also about how to work effectively, how to schedule time, and how to study even more efficiently than I had before. The learning curve associated with university helped me discover how to react to those challenges more effectively, and I believe I have become a better student because of it. I am looking forward to taking these new skills into second year, and discovering and learning additional skills in my future at university.
I would like to thank the Abbotsford Fish and Game Club for their support in all I have achieved this year.