Valedictorian Sarah Bongelli came to Fleming College looking for a sense of direction.
After graduating from university with a bachelorâ€™s degree in Psychology, Sarah wanted to gain hands-on, real world experience through a program placement to strengthen her resume and begin a career where she could apply her love of science every day. She discovered the Biotechnology – Advanced program at Fleming College and decided it was the perfect fit.
â€śI am glad I went back to college, as it was challenging and provided me with more real world experience that I needed,â€ť Sarah explained, citing mock real world exercises such as crime scene processing, court interviews, and presentations.
The Class of 2018 graduate credits the Fleming College program for helping her develop a wide range of skills that she uses every day.
â€śI found myself really drawing comparisons between college and university, and found that college was â€“ in some ways â€“ much harder than university. The hands-on experience was very valuable and thatâ€™s something that you donâ€™t get in university,â€ť she said.
Sarah describes her Fleming faculty as â€śextremely welcoming, friendly and helpful,â€ť adding that the Sutherland Campus always has a good vibe.
â€śI would recommend the program, but only if you like science!â€ť she said. â€śThere are a lot of different avenues that you can explore after graduating and the placement is an amazing way to get your foot in the door somewhere.â€ť
Sarah will serve as Valedictorian for the School of Health and Wellness on Thursday, June 7 at 2 p.m., as she earned the School of Health and Wellness Academic Achievement Award. This award is presented to a graduate for academic achievement and significant contribution to the Fleming College community.
â€śI hope that my speech inspires people to do what they love and to not be afraid of change or boundaries,â€ť said Sarah. â€śLife can be tough but if you use the tools that you are given, and that you possess yourself, really anything is possible.â€ť