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April 2018

Kathleen Carty, Where is She Now?

Kathleen Carty is a 2017 graduate from SJHS currently attending Trent University where she is majoring in social work. She plans on aiming her focus on medical social work with a specialization in diabetes education.

Carty revealed that what she enjoyed the most while attending St. Joe’s was the inclusive atmosphere. “Ever since I started at St Joe’s in my grade eight year, I knew I wanted to get involved. So I started with something I was passionate and knowledgeable about, which was music. In grade eight alone I was in the school’s production of “The Sound of Music” and was as well in the choir! It was such a wonderful way to get my high school career started.”

Among the resources Carty credits for her successes are the supportive staff at SJHS. “They helped me plan courses, and find what I’m interested in and passionate about!” She explained. “I utilized my time at SJHS wisely and do not regret that in the slightest! I also had meetings with student services for some academic advising in terms of where I should go and what makes the most sense for my future.”

Some of Kathleen’s favourite classes included music and drama, two things she is incredibly passionate about. Carty has also participated in several plays, including Godspell and Sherlock Holmes.

Through her experience at St. Joe’s and at university, Carty was able to share some valuable pieces of advice for others going through similar experiences. “Organization is so very important! But in terms of moving onto post-secondary education, follow what drives you! Don’t go to place A or place B because that’s where your friends all ventured off to. Be happy and explore new things and remember that SJHS is always a place to come back to.”

“You are a group of youth which is so strong, independent, and powerful, and it’s moving! But one thing I always told myself, and continue to tell myself, is that when times get hard, it’s okay! God doesn’t give you more you can handle and those are some powerful words to live by. Honestly you do you, and you will make it out just fine!”

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Nathan Dyck, Writing History

IMG_8029Nathan Dyck is a former student at St. Joseph’s. In 2015, Nathan graduated as class valedictorian and is now attending the University of Ottawa for a double major in political science and history.

“I am really enjoying my time at uOttawa because of how full my schedule is with stuff I genuinely love doing.”

Nathan keeps busy with work, studying, friends, and networking. He is pictured here speaking at model parliament in the House of Commons.

In his second year of university he worked part-time on Parliament Hill, volunteering in the office of an MP, but didn’t feel it was the right fit.

During the summer of his second year Nathan worked full time in the office of an Ottawa City Councillor as a writer and legislative assistant, learning that he really enjoyed the more hands-on municipal politics.

Nathan is currently in his third year of school, working in a co-op position as a research assistant in the history branch of Parks Canada. The job involves supporting the historians in submitting designation reports to the Historic Sites and Monuments Board of Canada. He also writes This Week in History on the Parks website.

“There’s never a dull moment in Ottawa if you take the initiative to get involved with as much as you can. This is something I learned during my time in the tightly knit community of St. Joe’s, where I was always encouraged to get involved with a diverse set of extra-curricular activities, while still prioritizing studies.”

At St. Joseph’s Nathan played drums with Jazz Band and Blues Guys, while also playing on the basketball team. He still tries his best to continue these activities when he can.  

Nathan is now working on the publication and presentation of a paper on Dutch neutrality in the First World War for the uOttawa history faculty undergraduate academic journal. He will be presenting the paper at a conference on March 23rd and the journal should launch by the end of April.

“To any SJHS students wanting to pursue a similar university program: take advantage of any resume-boosters, program-related organizations, networking opportunities and co-op programs on your campus. If your schedule is filled with these things you will find out if you actually like your potential career much sooner than those who simply go to class and go home.”

After university, Nathan hopes to be accepted to a Master’s program for further studies in history.

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