Sheridan Spring Open House Recap

Spring Open House
Thank you to all who attended Sheridan’s Spring Open House in April. It was a pleasure to meet you!

For three short hours the campus came alive on a Saturday as thousands of prospective students and their families explored all that Sheridan has to offer. Since it was our first time hosting the Parent Central booth, we really didn’t know what to expect. What a pleasant surprise!

We met so many different people. Prospective students, parents, grandparents, siblings and friends. But each one had something in common. They came to see our campus, meet professors, and learn more about our programs. Some students had already accepted their offers, others were still in high school — but everyone wanted to know more. It was a sea of excited, nervous and sometimes confused faces.

One of the goals of Parent Central is to help with the transition parents face as their students embark on the path of post-secondary education. For first-timers (parents, that is) the number of questions can be overwhelming. During the Open House many parents asked us about housing options, where to go for accessible learning support and where to buy supplies. We also realized that parents who have been through the post-secondary process before wanted to share their experiences with others.

Many even offered their own words of wisdom.

“There is no reason to be nervous or anxious,” assured one parent of three, whose youngest daughter had already accepted her offer to Art Fundamentals.

Another parent emphasized how important it is for students to be passionate about their subjects and the field they’re going into. I couldn’t agree more with this advice!

As a child my son played video games all the time. Literally. We held off on buying any gaming consoles for the longest time, but it became evident our son was wired for games on the screen, not the field. My husband and I used to joke that it was too bad they didn’t have degrees in video gaming. Seriously, back then it didn’t really seem like an option. Or maybe it was my own father’s advice about getting a “real job” that clouded my views.

Fast forward to high school. As my son entered his final years, the video game industry in Canada exploded. In 2013 the Financial Post reported that Canadian-made video games contributed $2.3 billion to the country’s GDP. That fall Sheridan launched its Bachelor of Game Design program, Canada’s first degree of its kind.

The timing was perfect. My son adjusted his high school course load to accommodate the requirements and the rest, as they say, is history. He’s three years into his degree, with a co-op placement under his belt.

Things have certainly changed since my post-secondary days. Today there are so many different disciplines to study. Sheridan offers programs in more fields than I can mention.

For students unsure about where their passion can take them, our Idea Generator quiz suggests Sheridan programs to complement their interests.

Jennifer Lloyd
(Photo courtesy of Tetiana Lysenko, Social Community Leader)

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