When hardwork and perseverance pay off!

"I had a difficult time making the decision to leave the security of my job and return to school to study full-time. Initially, I returned to school part-time and continued to work and to raise my son as a single-parent. I applied to nursing school at Camosun College after successfully completing a couple of part-time courses and was quickly accepted into full-time study. I was very fortunate to receive assistance and I used the money to help pay my tuition. Many of my classmates were in their early 20s and did not have the pressures of family life that I had; however, I found that my life experience and work ethic were invaluable. I worked very hard during my post-secondary studies and graduated in 2011 "with distinction" from the University of Victoria. While I was in school, I worked as an Employed Student Nurse at Royal Jubilee Hospital and I presently work there as a Registered Nurse.

I want to thank the Columbia Institute for helping me to finally achieve my goal of graduating from university. There is nothing like walking across that podium knowing that it can be done!"

- Laureen A. Jones, BScN, RN -

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