I figured that with all my spare time I should do something to better myself, so I decided to go back to school. I enrolled into the retail management certificate program at Ryerson University.
Considering I had worked in the retail industry prior to the railroad, I thought it would be a good path to pursue in the hope of creating potential career opportunities. Not knowing where my shortfalls would be when it came to school, I signed up for the student academic accommodation support at Ryerson, just in case I needed some extra time for tests or assignments.
I enrolled in my first course in the fall of 2015. I figured I would start with one online course and go from there because I did not want to overload myself. Planning and execution came in very handy when I went back to school. When the course started, I went through the course outline and set myself reminders for deadlines and test dates, just in case I forgot. I then planned ahead based on these due dates and test dates. I always gave myself enough time to do what I needed to do and to stay on top of my readings to meet deadlines. Because of my planning, I did not need any extra time for assignments. I did use the extra time for tests though, so I would not stress myself.
I really surprised myself with the first course and did better than I expected. I have now registered for the second course in the spring semester, which is also online. The problem with online courses is that you have to remember to keep up with the work because you don’t physically go into class every week and you might forget to do your work. What I liked about being back in school was I was able to tie in my work experience with what I was learning. It was very stimulating.