Clyde Francis – Bachelor of Arts
My name is Clyde Francis, I am 31 years old and I am from Eel Ground First Nation, New Brunswick. I began my university career at the University of New Brunswick in 1999 where I spent 2 years enrolled in the Bachelor of Arts program. I then transferred to Saint Thomas University to finish my Arts degree with a major in Sociology. It took me a total of 4.5 years to complete and I graduated in 2004. After graduating, I had an opportunity to work within the school environment, which first sparked my interests to become an educator. I worked at the Eel Ground First Nation Elementary/Middle School as the Phys. Ed instructor as well as for the Reading Recovery program.
The opportunity arose to further develop some skills with a wide range of age groups. In 2005, I moved to Waterloo, Ontario where I worked in a steel manufacturing plant while my girlfriend was attending the University of Waterloo. I spent 5 years at my job until the opportunity to enter back into school was upon me. In 2009, I was accepted into the Bachelor of Education program at Saint Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia with Secondary Social Studies and Diverse Cultures as my teachable subjects. I am now in my second and final year of study and will be graduating in May 2011. I am currently completing my last couple of classes of practicum at the East Antigonish Education Centre/Academy. I have very much enjoyed my experiences and knowledge gained throughout the program, whether it was learning something new about myself, meeting people with a different point of view, or a new way to approach a life situation.
Throughout my entire educational experiences, I have gained so much more than I ever thought possible. I not only acquired much knowledge through the many different courses I have taken, but also I’ve learned a lot about myself along the way. Although I have had some challenges and set backs along the way such as academic probation after my first year 1999, which was totally avoidable had I been more mature and focused on my studies.
My advice for those who would like to attend university would be to, “go for it”, because you already know that you have it in you to succeed, or else why would you consider it in the first place? University life is not easy but it allows you to challenge yourself and your way of thinking so that you have the confidence to take what is yours and use it to further enrich your life through education.
To be a role model, means to become a person that inspires others, in the hope that you can inspire someone to grow into more of who they really are. Ever since my third year of study for my Arts degree, I have been extremely fortunate, these past 8 years, to be in a relationship with a person who fully appreciates and supports education and who values critical thinking and further understanding about all aspects of learning. Surrounding yourself with positive people who will help you grow and support your future endeavors, also, with some self guided discipline will help you reach your goals and aspirations.
Everyone can make a difference, individually, within a community, or in the world. It is my belief that education is the best tool anyone will ever have to making positive social changes, to learn more about yourself, your values and beliefs, to learn more about others and the society that you live in.