According to Alexis Calestani, Child and Youth Studies at Trent Durham GTA is engaging, taught with compassion and keeps you on your toes. All are vital requirements when your life-long career goal is to work with kids. Now as a member of the program’s first graduating class, the dream is becoming real.
“I was exceptionally lucky to be the first to experience such an impactful program,” states Ms. Calestani. “I was granted many networking opportunities alongside peers and faculty. It allowed me to thrive.”
Ms. Calestani always felt that she was ready to be a teacher, however when she entered Child and Youth Studies, she realized there was so much more to learn.
“The program pushed me out of my comfort zone. I learned vital aspects of child development, how to engage in all learning styles, and most importantly how to meet the individual needs of my future students.”
Through TeachingCity, a partnership between Trent University Durham GTA, the City of Oshawa, and other academic partners that addresses urban issues, Ms. Calestani encountered first-hand the socio-economic barriers faced by youth in high-needs areas.
“This class was an amazing experience. From the tour bus to discussions in class and with TeachingCity staff, I saw the importance of positive communication and the difference it can make in communities.”
High marks garnered Trent’s Renewable Entrance Scholarship for Ms. Calestani who is also a member of the first generation to graduate from her family.
She adds, “Child and Youth Studies is an amazing opportunity to expand and act on knowledge and career goals.”
Ms. Calestani will attend Trent’s School of Education in September.