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Let the Post-Secondary Education Begin!

FriesenStudent Author: Caleb Friesen

Caleb Friesen is an AYV Scholarship recipient from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada and participated in AYV at Canterbury High School. Caleb is currently in the Media stream of the Communications program at Trinity Western University in Langley, British Columbia, Canada, and plans to become a Photojournalist. 

Well, I’m finally at university, and I can’t quite believe it. The time has passed so quickly. I remember a younger me looking across the playground at the seventh grade students of my elementary school and thinking, “It’s going to take me forever to get that old.” I’ve far surpassed that level of education, and am currently attending Trinity Western University.

This is a new campus, a new city, and a new stage of life for me. How did I get here? Why am I here? Is this really happening? All three of these questions have passed through my mind in the last few weeks. Answers to these questions float around inside of my brain though too.

How did I get here? Well, hard work I suppose. Dedication maybe? I know talent helped a bit as well. But it wasn’t just me that got me here. I’ve been fortunate enough to be surrounded by people who believe in my cause and care about me. God, family, teachers, friends and even people I have yet to meet have all gotten me to where I am today.

Why am I here? That’s a tougher question to answer, because there are so many different vantage points one can observe it from. My parents think I’m here so that I can graduate and get a good job and live a happy, healthy life. My peers think I’m here because post-secondary is what all the kids are doing these days. My teachers think I’m here because the interest I showed in their classes reflects a desire to learn and use what I learn to benefit myself, and the world around me. I think I’m here because this is where God wants me to be. I believe that the way things all fell into place to allow me to be here did not occur by chance. I also think that I’m here because of the desire that led me here. If I didn’t want to get an education after high school, I wouldn’t have. It’s the fact that there is so much to learn and discover here that drew me in, and it’s the promise of opportunity and adventure that keep me here.

Is this really happening? Well, the simple answer is yes. The complicated answer deals with 16th century philosopher, Descartes, and his arguments supporting the theory of dualism, references to The Matrix and Inception, and a lot of brain-pain, but I’ll save that for the PHIL 105 paper I’m in the process of writing.

I’m missing my family, struggling to maintain a somewhat healthy sleep schedule, and working hard to stay on top of all the work university requires of students. None of those things mitigate my desire to be here though, or how much I’m enjoying this experience. To attend university is such a privilege and an honour, and I’m so glad I’m here.

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The Person That Works The Hardest Wins

GraceKimStudent Author: Grace Kim

Grace Kim is an AYV Scholarship recipient from Toronto, Ontario, Canada. She participated in AYV at Lester B. Pearson Collegiate Institute. Grace is currently attending the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto and majoring in Graphic Design.


This was the theme for the first assignment of my university career.  The project was for my “Colour in Context” class, where we had to create a t-shirt design with this phrase on it.  Everybody in the class interpreted this project in different ways and everybody’s project had a different look and feel – the only common thread was the phrase “the person that works the hardest wins.”

At Ontario College of Arts and Design University (OCADU), we all come from different places with different skills and experiences under our belt.  But the few things we do have in common is our love and passion for art and design, our goals and dreams of being able to pursue what we love and to be successful at it, and the hard work and dedication we put in in order to achieve those goals and dreams.

It was no different for me.  Although I was nervous about going to university and starting a new stage in my life, I was very excited as well.  I couldn’t wait to put myself in an environment where I could focus solely on what I wanted to do – which was to study and pursue design – and to have people around me who would teach, encourage, and inspire me.   In the two months that I have been attending OCADU, I have met so many amazing people and have learned so much from them as well as from my professors.  But most importantly, I have been learning more and more about myself each and every day – not only as a person, but also as a designer.  Even though I am in the graphic design program and I have been planning on pursuing graphic design for the past two years, I have started to want to learn different things, try different mediums and different types of design.  The variety of courses that I take give me a chance to do so, and even if I am not good at it at first, when I see the amazing things that other people can do, it inspires me and makes me want to challenge myself to go outside of my comfort zone and to just do it.  At this point in my life, I am not exactly sure of what I want to do, but I keep pushing myself and exploring all the different options and opportunities there are for me.

And most importantly, I always work hard and give my best effort.  To have a project that revolves around the theme of working hard as the first project of my university career has really helped to push me in the right direction and give me something to fall back on in times of stress and worry.  We are all sailing in this ocean called life, trying to find our destination even though we don’t know where it is.  If we give up, we’ll never find it.  But if we work hard and give our best, we will be able to find it even after all the twists and turns.  We may not “win” or get the outcome or grades we would have liked, but hard work never goes unrewarded — whether it’s recognition, a job, a scholarship, or even your own satisfaction, hard work will always bear fruit.  We just have to be patient, and wait for when it is our time to reach our destination.

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Introducing The Adobe Youth Voices Scholars Blog Series

Earlier this year, 25 highly talented Adobe Youth Voices (AYV) students were selected to receive scholarships to help them pursue higher education in a creative field. We are pleased to announce that the first group of scholarship recipients will be contributing blog posts sharing their experiences in post-secondary school and updating us on their creative projects. We hope these blogs will inspire current AYV students who dream about starting a creative career!

2013-2014 AYV Scholars celebrate on-stage at the AYV Summit in Santa Clara, Calif. in August 2013.

AYV Scholars celebrate on-stage at the AYV Summit in Santa Clara, Calif. in August 2013.

AYV students entering their first or second year of post-secondary school during the 2014-15 academic year are encouraged to apply for the scholarship here. Applications are being accepted until March 3, 2014.

The AYV Scholarships program is fully funded by Adobe and administered by the Institute of International Education (IIE), an independent not-for-profit founded in 1919. IIE is among the world’s largest and most experienced international education and training organizations.

Please join us in congratulating the Adobe Youth Voices Scholarships recipients and check back for their blog posts!

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