The Paper Lion


By Lee Kierstead on
The author in his gown
Me in my graduation gown

For those who don’t know already, I have finally received my degree from Grant MacEwan University. The convocation ceremony was yesterday morning at the Winspear Centre in Edmonton. It was a beautiful ceremony full of pomp, held in a beautiful building. You can watch the ceremony recording on YouTube here once they post it.

It was a long time coming, and I’m glad to have had the privilege to both go to school and to be an alumni of Grant MacEwan. When I originally was pursuing my post-secondary education I was attending the University of Alberta to become an engineer. I spent a year there going through the Transition Year Program. However the massive amount of homework in calculus alone was enough to turn me off from pursuing it further.

So I decided to go to Grant MacEwan in Open Studies until I could figure out what I wanted to do. I always planned to go back to the U of A, but life had other plans for me. Well, what really happened is that I missed the deadline to transfer back and I didn’t want to take a year off, so I continued to go to Grant Mac. Little did I know that there was a 60 credit (or two year) limit for transferring. Meaning that any credits I received from courses past the two year limit would not show up on my transcript. Unfortunately I reached that limit during the time I attended Grant MacEwan. I didn’t want any credits to be wasted so I stuck it out, and the rest is history.

I’m not sure what the future holds but at least I have a solid foundation in the past to build off of.

I want to eventually get into graduate school and go for a Masters degree, probably in sociology, which was my minor for my Bachelors. It depends on my motivation level, as I am sure it is harder to get than an undergrad degree. I’ve told a few people I would like to go for it before I turn 35, and since I am turning 31 next month I will need to get cracking on it rather soon.