- Region: Thompson Okanagan
- Position: Civil Engineer
Ever since I was a little kid I have been fascinated with building things. For many years I thought I would become an architect but when I was in high school I found out how much I enjoyed math and science and looked into Engineering. It was also in my high school years that I found out I was Metis. I learned about my family history and found out that both my great grandmother and great -great grandmothers were part of the Cree Nation in Northern Alberta.
I applied to the Engineering program for the fall directly following my graduation, but I was not sure what discipline I wanted to take. I was nervous, intrigued and excited all at the same time. School came fast and before I knew it the first semester was over. In fact all semesters after that flew by. By third year, when I had to decide which discipline I wanted to go into, I knew I would become a Civil Engineer.
Going to a recently opened campus with less than 100 students in the largest lectures had its advantages. I was able to get to know my professors and build a relationship. Also, it was easy to make friends as we all had that same schedule. I learned a lot about life. University life was an experience that I will not soon forget.
Without the help of the Metis Nation I would be faced with an even larger student loan debt load than I currenty have. Being sponsored allowed me to focus all my attention on school and provided me with the support to finish my studies. Also, I may not have been able to apply for a student loan for my last year of University. Having the opportunity to get this education has set me up for the life I want to live.
Upon finishing exams in my last year I had yet to find a career and was beginning to get worried. But soon after I got a call back for one of the positions I had applied to. I am now working for this consulting firm in Burnaby, BC and living in downtown Vancouver. I learn new things every day. It is challenging yet fun. I am at the beginning of my career and the future looks bright.
~ Blake Bjornson.