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MSC opens doors for mom of four

When Rosa Robert decided to go back to school and enrolled at Menno Simons College (MSC), she knew it would take careful planning. A mother of four, Robert took two courses each semester while working full-time.

“It was challenging at times, looking after my kids, being in school, and working full-time,” Robert says. “I had to be very organized.”

Robert’s organization has paid off. This year, she will graduate from MSC with a three-year degree in Conflict Resolution Studies.

The community at MSC was key to Robert’s success.

“The professors are wonderful,” Robert says. “The skills I learned here help me understand myself, other people, and how to communicate across differences.”

Robert is considering pursuing a Master’s degree in Peace Studies. She hopes to one day work with newcomer families who have children with disabilities.

As the mother of a child with autism, Robert knows the challenges parents face getting the support they need.

“Having a child with disabilities can be overwhelming,” she says. “It’s hard to know where to look for support.”

For families who are not familiar with the culture or the language, the challenge is even greater.

Robert says the courses she took at MSC left her feeling empowered. Now she wants to empower others with the knowledge and tools they need to be successful.

“Education opens up so many doors, so if you get the opportunity, just go for it.”