The confidence to pursue my aspirations

Fall 2012

Kimia Sheikholeslami

Schulich Leader at University of Manitoba

From my very first step onto the University of Manitoba campus, I knew that my University experience was going to be a great one. When my first day of classes began, I was overcome with a great jolt of excitement and a sense of independence as I proudly walked down the halls of my University.

Although I am thrilled to begin this new chapter in my life, I have to admit that the first week of University also presented its own challenges. Change is always a difficult process and it was difficult to step out of the comfort zone I had in high school, in order to step onto these unknown grounds. Sprinting across campus to make it in time for my class, sitting in an over packed classroom within arm’s length of everyone and frantically writing notes in order to catch up with the professor were all big changes. Nevertheless, when I looked around me, I saw that all the other first year students were just like me and instantly, I felt like I belonged as well.

Now, I have grown accustomed to the University lifestyle and I can honestly say that I love it! In my short time here, I have met interesting people, built new friendships, learned about concepts I am interested in and have helped plan events at my University. Even though I’ve been busy with school, I’ve also managed to dedicate more time to myself, my family and my friends and hence, I’ve learnt the importance of achieving balance in all areas. Being a Schulich Leader has impacted my experience greatly; it has removed all my financial burdens, and thus, I can focus on my schoolwork and study for my exams without any additional stress. Moreover, I now have the confidence to pursue my aspirations and am more motivated to participate in my school community.