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I remember the day I walked across the stage to receive my diploma — it felt so good to hold it in my hand.
My journey at SAIT began in January 2006. I was a small-town girl from Hussar, AB, but I suddenly found myself in an institution with thousands of people and large buildings. However, it didn’t take long for SAIT to become my home. I started to make friends and got to know my instructors. Little did I know at the time that two of these instructors would make a significant impact on my life.
During my third semester at SAIT, I was encouraged by two instructors to apply to study abroad in Denmark. Lucky for me, I was selected as one of the students to represent SAIT.
The trip to Denmark truly changed the course of my life. It taught me that the world is much bigger than myself, that meeting new people and developing new friendships is worthwhile and that taking risks can pay off. It taught me how to be comfortable with being uncomfortable. I gained self-confidence and I learned to be more independent.
My SAIT experience gave me many unique, rewarding and life-changing opportunities that eventually led to my career in marketing and now the not-for-profit sector.
My advice to you is to take chances, be willing to try new things and never to stop learning. Stay in touch with your classmates and your SAIT family. They are a tremendous resource and support as you navigate your career.
I wish you all the best in your endeavours and welcome you to the fantastic alumni family!
Nicky Nash (Business Administration '08, Outstanding Young Alumni '17) Executive Director, Kids Up Front