Danielle Karsen, Executive Office Administrator

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With a young, 6-month old daughter, Danielle was working minimum wage jobs to barely get by and support the two of them. As any mother would, she realized this income wasn’t going to sustain them in the long-run so she decided to change their future and go back to school at Sprott Shaw College.

While juggling work, school, and taking care of her daughter, Danielle “would wake up at 4:30 every single day. [She] would have to get her daughter up and be out the door by 5:00 AM, then head downtown to work, and then New West to be at school. After that, it’s dinner, bath, study, put her [daughter] to bed, and prep everything for the next day because [she’s] going to have to get up at 4:30 again the next day.”

Danielle remembers a particularly challenging day when it was 9:30 PM by the time she could get her daughter in bed and she remembers “sitting at the table for 2.5 hours crying because [she] had an accounting test the next day and [she] couldn’t get it together even if [she] tried.”

There were definitely times when [she] was choking back tears because it meant so much to [her] to go to school,” she says.

During the course of her work and study, Sprott Shaw College eased some of the stress for Danielle by streamlining her busy schedule. With the flexibility of class dates and times, Sprott Shaw provided a personalized education experience by “sending [her] to a different campus if [she] needed a different schedule for a certain class.”

Danielle “was determined to make the best life possible for [her] and [her] daughter. And looking at [her] daughter now, [she knows] that everything [she] did was worth it.”

Today, Danielle is paving a thriving future for her family with the career she secured after graduation from Sprott Shaw College studying the Executive Office Administrator Program.

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