Congratulations to Henry Migwans on being selected as Good Learning Anywhere’s April Learner of the Month.
Henry registered in our Postsecondary Readiness and Job Readiness programs this past winter, and has been a dedicated learner ever since. During that time he has completed both programs, been an active participant in each one of his classes, has encouraged others, and been a joy to have in class. It has been very inspiring to hear about Henry’s learning journey, and the progress he’s made to be where he is today. Great work Henry!
We asked Henry to answer a few questions about his learning journey. Here is what he had to say:
How did you first hear about online learning with Good Learning Anywhere?
I took courses in March of 2010 at the Adult Education Centre in M’Chigeeng First Nation, and Clara Corbiere, one of the employees at the centre, pushed me to get involved with online learning, which I appreciated a lot. She helped me on my path to continuing my education.
Did you have any struggles during your learning? If so, how did you overcome them?
This past winter I went through many struggles; including depression, loads of low self esteem, and piles of negative thoughts. Taking the Job Readiness and Postsecondary Readiness programs helped me in so many ways, knowing that it was scheduled for 10 o’clock every morning gave me the extra push I needed to get out of bed, and the instructor, Stephanie Park, gave me positive feedback on my work which boosted my confidence and me realize that education is very important. I have started reading inspiring books, watching motivational YouTube videos by people like Les Brown, and attending meetings to improve myself. I have done a lot in the past five months, and now I am enrolled in a program with Conestoga College which I access at a nearby location where there are computers with internet and supportive people that are willing to help in any way possible. I love my new outlook on life. As the saying goes, “Reach for the Stars,” and that is exactly what I intend to do in every aspect of my day to day life.
What advice do you have for someone thinking about starting to improve their skills?
Take classes. You may not want to at first, but if you do it for good reasons you will learn valuable skills such as knowing how to use and operate a computer. You’ll also meet new people, and have fun while you’re learn, like I have. I just love learning.
What is your greatest achievement? Or what achievement are you most proud of?
I am proud of completing the Postsecondary Readiness program, because before I entered I thought, I won’t need this, I’m not going to go to college, and after completing both the Postsecondary Readiness and Job Readiness programs I made up my mind, I’m going to get a job. Before beginning these programs I wondered if they were right for me, but there was a voice in my head that said, “no, just take it,” I was determined to get out of my dark hole and move forward in life. Obtaining a college education, was and is on my list of “things to do in life” and I am so very excited.
What are your goals for the future?
I am in the process of learning all my course outlines, due dates, and rubrics and processing new information, while having fun at the same time. I just love it. Once I complete this program, I am planning on continuing my education at the college level with studies in either Social Work or Police Foundations. The possibilities are endless, and I look forward to living a productive and successful life.
Is there anyone you’d like to thank for supporting you on this journey?
I would like to thank Stephanie Park, for being the sensitive and thoughtful person she is. We need more positive people like her in this world to inspire us all.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with people about winning this award?
It feels great to be recognized, and to have people acknowledge my accomplishments. It shows me that there are people out there that see my progress and want to give me feedback so that I know I am doing a good job. I am so happy. Life is good.