Two Students: Succeeding in Education

The school year of 2015-2016 finished for secondary and post-secondary students, and two students from each sector share their schooling experiences.

Justice Debassige, 22-year-old from Mistissini, Que., recently graduated with a certificate from the one-year Aboriginal Advantage Program at Nipissing University. He also spent two years at Canadore College enrolled in the Indigenous Wellness & Addictions Prevention program, where he received his diploma.

Debassige said that his career goal is to lead the community, but doesn’t know exactly how to accomplish that yet.

“There are so many great things I want to do. It’s just a matter of which road to take,” he said.

Debassige advises the students who are currently struggling in high school to take care of themselves and remember that they are still young.

“There will be some setbacks and roadblocks along the way, but find your detour,” he said.

This coming fall, Debassige plans on going into Political Science, Law, or Literacy.

Jennica Swallow, 18-year-old resident of Mistissini, Que., said that when she received the news that she was going to be graduating from high school, she was overwhelmed with relief.

“I thanked God for everything he has done for me,” she said.

Swallow said the idea of graduating in front of her family and friends is what kept her motivated, and shares some encouraging advice to those that are still in school.

“Keep working hard. That diploma is the key to getting closer to your goal!” she said.

Swallow plans to attend Algonquin College this fall where she will be studying Recreation & Leisure Services.