Growing up, I wanted to be a teacher, but in 11th grade I decided that wasn’t the right path for me. I started exploring different classes in university and became interested in studying Conflict Resolution and Human Rights.
I applied for the AbbVie IBD Scholarship two times and was a recipient in 2016. Receiving the scholarship, which covered almost a full year of my tuition, was amazing. I had been working a full-time job in addition to going to school, and the scholarship allowed me to take a step back from my job and work a lot less. This helped lower my stress levels and spend more time focusing on my courses. I even had more time to sleep, and this was a huge help for my overall health.
In 2018, I graduated from the University of Winnipeg with a Bachelor of Arts in Conflict Resolution Studies. One important lesson that I took away from my studies was that there is conflict everywhere, and it comes in all sizes – big and small. There are conflicts around the world, but also conflicts with family or within yourself. It’s important to understand what your conflict style is so that you are best prepared to manage any conflicts you face.