MACL alumna (2004); Research Coordinator, Early Development Instrument in British Columbia (Human Early Learning Partnership), UBC; applying for doctoral program in child and family health; former executive member, International Board on Books for Young People — Canada
The MACL is such an incredible program, because of the breadth of volunteer opportunities and places for professional growth on campus – I think it allows limitless opportunity to grow. The MACL program is challenging and therefore very personally rewarding. The writing of my thesis and demands of my supervisor forced me to look at the world in ways I had never considered and push me much harder than I had anticipated. Although it was difficult to juggle with work, volunteering and “regular life” this level of challenge gave me a confidence, work ethic, and drive to excel in the future that is unparalleled by previous school experiences.
Being able to take creative writing in conjunction with academic work provided a whole new level of understanding of literature as well as child development. Other opportunities to be creative included the planning of events and conferences and preparing presentations. This gave a balance to participating in the program itself and gave me much better creative problem solving skills for my professional life than I expected.
Professionally the MACL program prepared me very well for project management in child development research. Because of the opportunities to volunteer, work as a research assistant, and the course work demands themselves, I developed a broad range of skills and was able to move into a management role immediately upon graduation with no prior work experience at this level. The Faculty and leadership of the program are supportive and they hold high expectations, an important combination for getting students to make the most of opportunities.
Since graduating, I have carried on a variety of light courses and have stayed in touch with work being done in the field. In the future, I plan to return to school for a PhD in Epidemiology in child and family health. This is a program in the Faculty of Medicine, and I have spoken with faculty about my education and interests, and they are willing to support me when I am ready. I feel as though the MACL program opened many doors for me and I can now choose what works best for me.