Written by Maya Ramchandani, CAF ambassador and former young person in care.

I’ve been counting down the days and I can see summer slowly slipping away; it’s bittersweet.

Bitter because I’ve been liberated from the demands of my courses for a few months. It’s been an efficient summer:  I’ve had the chance to save a few bucks from working like a dog and have invested time into maintaining and nurturing my relationships (which have suffered because of school!)

But the sweetness of school outweighs stressful responsibilities that follow. I like to think of education as a personal investment for a concrete life. How so? Well, an investment is when a short-term sacrifice is made for the purpose of rewards in the future. The purpose of studying is to be exclusively knowledgeable or skilled about a specific industry and then to subsequently obtain accreditation to validate your specialty.

The accreditation I acquire through school deems me eligible for certain careers that I otherwise may not be able to pursue — that is the definition of ‘the investment’ in my mind.

Where does the energy come from to pursue this investment? Well, it makes a concrete future a possibility in my life. Not all, but many Crown Wards can give anybody a word or two about what it is to live in the midst of instability and chaos. As young adults, we have a greater influence over the events of our lives. Pursuing an education is one way that we exercise that power.

Read another young person’s story here.

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The Children's Aid Foundation of Canada funds programs to help Canada's most vulnerable children and youth, those who have experienced or are at risk of abuse and neglect, overcome the obstacles in life that prevent them from reaching their full potential. We are committed to giving ongoing support to those who need it most.

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