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Nadja Auerman by Helmut Newton, Berlin 1994. 


June Wilkinson

»La Doppia Natura«, Sean & Seng

If I Fell by The Beatles
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Three years ago after completing my first year of university at Ryerson, I made the personal decision of putting my education on hold. And to be completely honest, that decision saved my life.

To sum up first Year University, I would label it as  “Alexa’s Personal Identity Learning Life Adventure” in short A.P.I.L.L.A.  But I’m sure that can be said about the majority of First year students.  Everything I thought I knew about truthfully everything in my little world was nothing. I realized I had no idea who I was, and who I wanted to be.  Once I was done fighting denial, and realized I had put my health in major jeopardy it was time to press pause.

So I paused, and my world opened. I was able to reach out for help and fight a battle that needed to end; and then, I just lived. I know how that might sound silly, but I had never before just lived my life. I explored, and grew and started building myself. A yearn for education never stopped, dabbling in languages, arts, sciences and business. I was able to apply myself to the real world, and face it head on.  And now I’m here. I’m ready for the next adventure. I’m ready to take the next step to build my future.


I understand the amount of time and energy that I will have to dedicate to my education to succeed. And I am fully prepared and excited to face this academic adventure and give it my all. I have also been blessed with an amazing support group filled with family, friends, and coworkers. These amazing people are my cheerleaders. Mentally they ground me, they support me, and they inspire me.

With any adventure also come challenges. I anticipate there will be plenty, but that’s how one grows and learns. In general education is a challenge. It is mentally and physically exhausting, but wonderful and beautiful too. I know mental struggles will surface, but through past battles and with help of my supports I have learned strategies to fight and continue on. I’m not scared of challenges anymore; I accept and appreciate them for the lessons they offer.

I have a deep an appreciation for all what life has to give, and all the adventures on the way. I’m eager to let my mind grow and feed it with knowledge.  But most importantly, I’m excited to take this first step on the path of my academic future.

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Alan J. Pakula, 1976

Padam Padam by Edith Piaf
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