Congratulations to The Class of 2022

I want to congratulate the class of 2022! Together, we persisted during unprecedented times and accomplished something we had our sights on.

Like many, I can agree that the pandemic changed my life. If it wasn’t for the pandemic – I may not have pushed myself into a career change. For five years, I started to feel comfortable with my routine. I was going to the gym, teaching music, and writing blog post ideas in my notepad.

It wasn’t until the summer of 2020 that I started to plan for the life I now lead. I am grateful, that I broke out of my comfort zone and took on a seasonal job in the city. It was a taste of what I wanted my work-life to look like and it gave me the push to return to school.

In January 2021, I started my post-graduate diploma, and it was worthwhile. Due to my program being online, I attended classes during the day and was still able to be a music teacher. And then in the summer, I went back to my seasonal job in the city and completed my assignments after hours. It was the best decision for me, and it fit my lifestyle so well.

My post-grad program also encouraged me to network, and it has led me to my full-time job in the industry today. I am thrilled, I kept up and completed all those projects, exams, and math questions. So, many math questions.

My post-graduate diploma helped me become the person I am now, with both a background in music and digital media marketing. I like to think of myself as a character in Microsoft Excel: The Musical.

When I was a music teacher, it was easier to separate my passion for digital media because it wasn’t my full-time job. I had so much energy and enthusiasm to write on the weekends because it was what I was lacking throughout the week.

Where in the present, because of my post-graduate diploma and work – I am now fully immersed in digital media. So, I take time on the weekends to socialize and recharge.

If I could give you any advice, I would tell you to trust the moment. When you get that electric feeling that change is upon you – I want you to chase it.

Take a chance on yourself because I can tell you that the risk is worth the reward.

Laurel Astridge
Laurel Astridge

Toronto-Based Digital Media Marketing Professional, Performer, and Public Speaker. Western University and George Brown College Alumni.

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