Timing is everything.
The first time Alannah Kennedy came to Fleming College, she started right after high school in 2008, she didnâ€™t feel ready for post-secondary school and she left during the winter semester.
The second time Alannah came to Fleming College, she was a mature student in 2017, she felt ready and excited to begin her studies, and she proudly completed the Office Administration â€“ Executive program.
â€śI chose to return to Fleming and commute from Oshawa because I never forgot how Fleming made me feel; Fleming was like a family and everyone is very inclusive and really cares about you and your success,â€ť said Alannah. â€śWhen I made the decision to return to school, Fleming was my first and only choice.â€ť
Alannahâ€™s favourite thing about Fleming College is the support offered by faculty and support staff, who truly care about every student.
â€śYouâ€™re not just a number here. Our college community genuinely cares about you and your successes, whatever that may look like. Faculty and support staff know you by name, not your student ID number,â€ť Alannah explains. â€śWe are at an advantage being a mid-size college; thereâ€™s lots more one-on-one opportunities to help you succeed. And our programs give you a lot of hands-on work experience via simulations and/or out in the industry.â€ť
During breaks from her classes, coursework, and working and volunteering on campus, Alannah enjoyed a hidden gem at Sutherland Campus, which she recommends to others.
â€śIf you follow the pathway behind the school by the cafeteriaâ€¦ in behind the Library you come to this one opening that has a bunch of shrub with a little bench and, in behind, is this beautiful rock pathway that leads up to doors that are off the main foyer,â€ť she describes. â€śI really enjoy the beauty of the rock steps, the shrubs and forest in this particular area. Not a lot of people use this area, so itâ€™s a nice place for me to sit and clear my head.â€ť
Alannah has come a long way since her first Fleming College experience and, now that she has finished her program, she doesnâ€™t want to say good-bye. Instead, she will be working with Flemingâ€™s Student Recruitment team as a Fleming Grad Recruiter.
â€śI feel like sharing my story and my experience at Fleming College will speak volumes to students and thatâ€™s why I wanted to be a Grad Recruiter,â€ť said Alannah, who will be travelling across Ontario sharing information about Fleming College with prospective students.
â€śI am not much of a traveler; I would love to do some travelling but I am honestly a mommaâ€™s girl, so I tend stay close by my mom,â€ť said Alannah. â€śThis opportunity is allowing me to get out of my comfort zone and letting me experience our big beautiful province and meet different kinds of people, so I am really excited to be just experiencing new adventures and seeing where the road leads me.â€ť