Hard to believe that next week is the official half way point in our semester! Things are moving fast. Today, I’m using my morning off to study hard for Perio and oral pathology tests coming up this next week. Last night was our awards ceremony night. I got to make Honour roll and I’m completely blown away by some of my fellow classmates in dentistry and dental hygiene. Pretty impressive stuff! Before the awards ceremony I attended my first meeting with CanU University of Manitoba. This group is aimed at helping get kids from disadvantaged backgrounds in the inner city to come experience what it’s like to be at university. The Canadian government has made some strides to ensure that finances is not a hinderance to pursuing a post-secondary education. The main hindrance is lack of familiarity. If your parents went to university or college, theres a strong chance you will too and vice-versa. This program allows kids to come and see what its all about. Also, University of Manitoba has now amalgamated all the health related faculties (Dent, Dental Hygiene, Medicine, OT, PT, RT, Pharmacy, and nursing I believe) under 1 large faculty called Health Sciences. Individual programs are now colleges so I’m attending the University of Manitoba Faculty of Health Sciences College of Dentistry program. Sounds fancy… However, the CanU program is one of the first programs that will unite us since every faculty will be giving a tour and putting on demos for these kids to come and experience. The whole community is really catching on as well! A local church has even stepped up and is cooking meals for every one of these events to ensure every child is fed.
Even though I’m super busy with school, it will be worth it if even one of these kids gets inspired and decides to pursue a career in one of these fields because of this program.