BY Alaa Husain
ON July 1, 2017
I would say that my co-op experience has been great overall. I chose to be a youth water leader to get more experience in the field that I will be studying in college which is biotechnology at Mohawk. I have learned a lot about the environment from doing field work and listening to other people’s presentations. I have also learned my strengths and weaknesses when it comes to communication, planning and independently working. And the thing that I need to work on most is my memory, so to make it better I would right down on my hand or a piece of paper on what I had to do. Furthermore, I am happy that I got a chance to show and teach other students about the community environment. I have connected with a lot of people in my school community such as teachers and students. Also, people outside of my school community. I had learned a lot about how they catch fish and the Cootes Paradise marsh when Andrea came in to present. When I went to do some field work at the Royal Botanical Garden I had learned a lot about native and non-native species, invasive plants, turtles, birds, swans, fishes. Finally, I had a wonderful experience meeting with the other youth leaders and have made a good friend with one of them. Although one thing I would’ve like to do more is field work and activities but due to the circumstances it was still great doing some things outside of school. Thanks for everything that all of you have given me and I hope someone else’s experience with BARC will be just as great as mine was.