A: I was walking through Toronto with family and I got the phone call. I asked them, "are you sure?!" Right at that moment I thought "woah, SHAD was competitive and I got in after thinking I wouldn’t, and now I am a Loran Scholar after thinking I wouldn’t"Before SHAD, I’d heard how life changing it can be, but I always thought to myself "how life changing could it really be?" I wanted to take a risk and apply to SHAD knowing how competitive it was. I had the same mindset for Loran. SHAD definitely made me grasp opportunities more. Going to SHAD I was from a small town, naive about the world, and when I went to SHAD I saw how driven everyone was. It inspired me to be the same. It was an eye opening experience for me
A: For me it’s going to be really powerful. The financial support is overwhelming, but what really attracted me were the opportunities -- Loran is opening doors I never thought would be possible.
A: I have a passion for STEM. I knew I was strong in science and math. I could have become a doctor or an engineer. I was so set on medicine before SHAD, but working on the design engineering project to solve a social problem (in 2017 it was meaningfully reducing Canadian’s energy footprint) exposed me to engineering. SHAD allowed me to discover passions and values that helped me decide a new career path - bio-medical engineering. McMaster, Western, UBC and McGill are top choices. The Loran scholarship is going to give me confidence to apply to all of them. I’m not sure what I want to do, but I do want to help people in special needs communities.
A: Discovering my values at SHAD allowed me to have the confidence to apply to the Loran Award. One of the things I discovered at SHAD is that working with a team is so, so important. I learned a lot of life lessons that made me understand how to cooperate in a team environment. Being a good leader – I understood what a leader is from SHAD. My Program Assistant, Justin, in Calgary, had a huge impact on me. He and I had a few great heart-to-heart talks and he told me he always feared failure but then eventually used failure as a way to learn and motivate. I referenced this learning from him in my Loran interview. He taught me to learn from failure - fail forward not backwards. My brother Mathew was nominated for SHAD and is going this summer.
A: SHAD taught me certain lessons which allowed me to discover my passions and experiences, without which I wouldn’t have been able to apply to the Loran Award. I came out of SHAD emerging with NEW confidence – I want to have an impact on my community and the broader world.
A: It shows that SHADs have the same values as the Loran: character, leadership, service. Integrity and humility are two qualities I discovered at SHAD that allowed me to successfully become a Loran Scholar.