My Ontario Tech Story: Claire Knowles

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Hey everyone, I'm Claire! I grew up in a small town on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. I love everything about the west coast, and it will always be my home.

That being said, when I started thinking about where I wanted to go to university, I had a feeling I would end up in Ontario.

Claire Knowles - My Ontario Tech HeadshotMy journey to Ontario Tech began on the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science website. I had just decided that I wanted to study medical laboratory science and was looking at the list of accredited med lab programs.

However, I didn’t know exactly what I wanted my academic journey to look like. Whether that be medical school, other graduate studies or starting a career, I wanted to keep as many options open as possible.  

As I worked my way down the list of Canada’s med lab programs, I found that Ontario Tech was the only one to offer Medical Laboratory Science as a Bachelor’s degree; I was instantly drawn to the opportunities this program offers.

Getting a med lab degree—as opposed to a diploma—meant that I would be ready to move on to post-graduate studies more quickly; or, if I decided not to pursue another degree, I could begin a career as a lab technologist. 

The following summer, I was able to tour the Ontario Tech campus and immediately noticed it had a welcoming feel; I felt a sense of belonging, which excited me. I even had a med lab student as a tour guide and they spoke very highly of the program. The longer I spent on campus, the more convinced I was—I wanted to attend school here.

980x-1After completing my first year, I am proud to be a part of the Ontario Tech community. One of my favourite things about being here is that we are exactly that, a community. Being a part of a smaller university means always seeing familiar faces, getting to know your professors and having them know you too.

Whenever I have questions or need help, there is always someone to turn to. While I miss my home and my family in BC, I know that I have a new and growing family at Ontario Tech who is there to support me on my academic journey making Ontario Tech my home away from home.

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During my time here, I have gotten involved all over campus, from Ontario Tech Blood Services to FIRST Robotics. I have learned more about the topics I am passionate about, made great friends and am one step closer to achieving my dreams!

If you are considering Ontario Tech for your studies, I encourage you to apply. Ontario Tech is a wonderful university that will support you while you pursue your goals and dreams. 

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