From high school dropout to health care professional

January 20, 2014

From high school dropout to health care professional

Sometimes when you set goals and work hard, your dreams can become reality.  In 2000, when Songie Lee was 14, she moved from Korea to Vancouver. She knew very little English, and was immediately immersed in Canadian culture. It was hard to learn a new language while studying other high school subjects, but she did her best.

In Grade 12, Songie decided to quit school and become a hairdresser. She thought it would be a fun profession - certainly more fun than finishing high school. So she went to hairdressing school and then started working in salons. Over the next seven years, she excelled at hairdressing, received promotions and worked at more upscale salons. But eventually, the fun started to wear thin and she began to think of other careers.

Songie had always dreamed of becoming a nurse, but like many people, she felt she wouldn't be able to reach her goal. She thought it would be too much work and maybe it wouldn't be something she'd want to do for the rest of her life. It felt like the process would be too hard and take too long, but it kept niggling at the back of her mind.

In 2012, Songie moved to the Sunshine Coast, enrolled in Capilano University'  Adult Basic Education program and started working towards finishing her Grade 12 courses. Shortly afterwards, she found out about the six-month   Health Care Assistant program, offered at Capilano's Sunshine Coast and North Vancouver campuses. It seemed like the perfect first step towards becoming a nurse, so she applied. The next thing she knew, she was accepted and going to school full time.

Read the complete blog post on Your Daily Cap.

Submitted by: – Capilano U’s official blog