By: Mickayah Beals
I am a grade 12 student currently enrolled at Prince Andrew High School. I am in the options and opportunity program (O2), and I’m excited to explore career path opportunities in Social Services. I was very happy to hear about this co-op opportunity to explore health professions and possibly meet with African Nova Scotian mentors at Dalhousie University.
My motivation for pursuing a career in social services is to help ensure those in need get the right support. I feel that taking the career path of being in social services will allow me to help people, even if it’s just one person because at least then I know that my efforts were not in vain. I have always wanted to help people but I didn’t know where and how. As my career path interest is in Social Service, I was thinking of applying to Dalhousie. The PLANS co-op program gave me some direction in the field of health and I now know a bit more of what I want to study in my years of education to follow. I learned a lot about how the school operates, how programs work, and what prerequisites are needed to get into certain undergraduate programs.
Along with the other young ladies, I got to experience this journey together during the PLANS co-op and we all may get a chance to work alongside each other in the hospital and in the classroom these next 4 or more years of post-secondary education. This program has helped me figure out a lot of things. Without it, I would have applied to become an aesthetician, but this program gave me the push and encouragement that I needed to know that working in health care is worth it.