- Position: Biologist
Hello my name is Mitchell,
Leaving home to attend post ‐ secondary education has changed my life in more ways than I could have ever anticipated. I struggled at first to adapt to life in the city of Edmonton coming from the small town of Dawson Creek, BC. The University of Alberta campus alone is larger than the entirety of my hometown, and I was overwhelmed with the experience. Once I established my footing in Edmonton and pushed past the barriers I had I began to flourish in my studies and in my personal life.
Leaving home had an effect that I couldn't have anticipated. I once worried that I would lose touch with my immediate family and would slowly drift apart from them. However, the distance between us has actually had a positive effect and has strengthened our relationships. I have also acquired a like ‐ minded group of friends from various parts of the world that are all in Edmonton to pursue an education. Their support has filled various roles that were missing being away from home, and I consider them nothing short of being part of my family now.
With perseverance, determination, and support I gained the skills necessary to achieve academic success at the University of Alberta. I discovered my passion for Biology in my third year of studies, and pursued the completion of my degree with a major in Biology. Each day I continue to learn more in the subject and couldn't imagine myself pursuing any other career path. The completion of my degree was made possible with funding provided by the Metis Nation of British Columbia and I couldn't be more appreciative of what I have received.
My education in the field of Biology has made me aware of a growing responsibility that I have. A responsibility to apply the knowledge that I have been fortunate to receive to improve the status of the world around me. I have been educated in aspects of our natural and managed world that the general public is truly ignorant about. I am part of an exciting era where we have vast knowledge about the dynamics of the life that surrounds us that we rely on to sustain humanity. We understand the influence humans have on our planet and it is time to apply that knowledge to make tomorrow a better place than today.
In the short ‐ term I plan on conducting research in my field to expand our current understanding of key concepts related to conserving our natural world in the face of intense global change. I hope that my efforts will have a positive impact in my field and that this impact will resonate outward to positively impact the general public. I do not know the long ‐ term outcome of my training as a Biologist, but I will never stop learning as much as I can. I will never stop reaching out my hand to aid and improve the lives of others as those before have done for me. This is my responsibility as a Biologist, a Citizen of the Métis Nation, and as a member of humanity. The time is right now. Today is an exciting day!
Thank you Métis Nation BC!