Blyth Academy Thornhill Alumni Profile
Graduating year: 2016
School: University of Guelph
Major: Political Science
I graduated in 2016. I am currently taking Political Science at the University of Guelph. I am working on two big exciting projects. I’ve been invited to give a Ted Talk X speech at York University, not a set date yet but I’m told it’ll likely happen in February. If not then, then in March. The topic is self-advocacy, particularly for chronically ill medical patients such as myself. I’ve already written it and am very excited to share it with the world. The other big thing that’s going on is my plan to publish the medical blogs I’ve been writing since 2011. They’ve been compiled into a memoir. It’s already finished, now I’m working with a professional writer to make a pitch to a publisher. I remember back in 2012 I submitted a few chapters in an assignment for the creative writing class when it was still just a blog.
On the not so great side of things I’m only able to take one university course at a time right now, unfortunately, my constant pain has been worsening. My marks are still high though at least, so law school is still the plan.
When it comes to Blyth Academy I think the greatest thing is that it allows you to get out of it what you put into it. It provides an encouraging space to learn and grow while removing inherent disadvantages from unfortunate situations as much as possible. For example, someone with pain-induced insomnia like myself could do their very best in a public school and still fail because of the rigid schedules. The flexibility at Blyth Academy lets you find the best program to suit your needs so that the only factor is your brain and your effort rather than your illness whether it be physical, mental, or a learning disorder. It also gives the option for private classes for those who work more effectively in a one on one dynamic. Whatever your need, Blyth Academy is a great choice and I’m forever thankful to them for helping me graduate with high hard-earned grades and making it to university well prepared.