Georgian ECE student thriving after second try at studies

First-year Early Childhood Education (ECE) student Hanna Roth struggled to find her place in university. She noticed it was difficult to get to know people, wrestled with her mental health, and lacked passion for the program she was taking.

So, she did the brave and best thing for herself at the time – and quit.

Her mom Joan, a graduate of the ECE program in Orillia, works in full-day kindergarten and invited Hanna to come volunteer. The day after her final week of volunteering, Hanna immediately applied to Georgian. She found her passion!

Hanna quickly discovered her Georgian experience was vastly different than her first try at postsecondary studies.

She has since flourished in the close-knit community at the Orangeville Campus, built a strong network and easily made friends. She has also received support through student services – connecting regularly with a student success advisor and accessing mental health resources.

Now, Hanna feels ready for university and confident in what’s next. Hear her inspiring story.

Georgian in the family

Like her mom, Hanna’s dad Mike is also a Georgian graduate. He took the Gas Technician program at the Owen Sound Campus.

Georgian is a bit of a family thing.

Opportunities in and outside the classroom

One of the things Hanna loves most about her Georgian experience is the learning opportunities, from field trips and guest speakers to conversations with her professors about their careers in the field.

She even formed a new student club – the Georgian ECE Association – and hopes to amplify connection and community between Georgian ECE students and alumni.

Being MORE

Hear more student stories like Hanna’s. See our Being MORE playlist on YouTube.

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