Class of 2013
3rd year Faculty of Arts Political Studies, Criminology, UofM
What is special about St. Maurice School?
St. Maurice School is unique because it is made up of a diverse community of individuals who come from a variety of backgrounds. Being surrounded by individuals from various ethnic backgrounds has taught me tolerance and cultural sensitivity. Knowing practically every student at the school made me feel very welcome and included in the school community. The teachers and staff at the school know all of the students and are always willing to go above and beyond to help them succeed. The small class sizes at St. Maurice also allowed for more time to ask questions in and out of class. The teachers are also interested in the personal development of students outside of their classes. I am fortunate to still be in contact with many of my teachers several years after graduating.
How did St. Maurice School prepare you for post-secondary and life success?
St. Maurice School did an exceptional job in preparing me for post-secondary and life success because it helped me to develop a strong work ethic and exceptional study skills. As early as elementary school, I learned about the value and importance of doing homework every day and managing my time well. Throughout junior high and high school, I developed strong study skills, which was crucial because of the number of courses I had to balance along with extra-curricular activities. Most importantly, my teachers helped me to develop my skills by coaching me in debating, sports, and supporting my professional interests.
I am currently on track to graduate in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in political studies and criminology. My main goal is to attend law school, and my teachers at St. Maurice were always supportive of this goal. During my time at St. Maurice, I obtained a job as a Page at the Manitoba Legislative Assembly; this was a significant factor in obtaining my current position as a Legislative Assistant to two MLAs. I also work as a writing tutor at the University of Manitoba, and my aptitude for this position came from my strong writing skills that I developed at St. Maurice.
***Update: Kasia was accepted into the Faculty of Law in 2015.
What has St. Maurice School taught you about giving back?
One of the greatest lessons that I have learned throughout my time at St. Maurice School is the importance of community service. I can remember as far back as in grade 1 when we were taken to the nursing home beside the school to have show and tell with the residents.
The mandatory Christian Service requirement encouraged me to volunteer at school and in my community. I gained six years of volunteering experience at a personal care home because of this volunteer requirement. Since graduating from St. Maurice, I have joined several service-based student groups, and helped organize many fundraisers and events at the University of Manitoba and in my community.