- Personal Health Information & Self-Help
Waiting to be Accepted.
Expanding One's Horizons
About a week ago my dear friend (Debbie) sent me an email that got my blood pumping and had me filled with a level of excitement that I haven't felt in ages! This email contained information on a course being offered at the Renison University College in Waterloo Ont. It is being run by a collection of volunteers including professors who are giving up their own free time to run it. The Humanities 101 course is free geared for people from a low-income bracket who are unable to pay for courses. I myself am living on my Disability Pension which is very small indeed; covering my basic living expenses and that's about it.
Debbie knew that I was looking to do something in which I could feel that I was accomplishing something in a positive way. Rather than spending my time in my apartment day in and day out feeling glum and depressed over my lot in life. I had been looking into doing some volunteer work somewhere. I had sent some resumes to local organizations but I got rejected from them for different reasons such as they didn't have anything available on the shift I wanted or to try back again in six months etc. I picked the early evening shift due to my own disability (Epilepsy) as most of my seizures I have are in the morning. I thought there would be less chance of me having a seizure while volunteering if I took the evening shift. I couldn't help feeling that some of these organizations didn't want me because of my disability. This I cannot prove but it was just a gut feeling I had. This is not the first time in my life that I have felt discriminated against due to my disability. There is unfortunately many forms of discrimination in the world we live in. We must be strong lifting or holding our heads high and moving forward towards the higher ground. Last week I went to a volunteer training session at the CJI (Community Justice Initiatives) organization. I believe they have 17 paid staff and over 200 volunteers; they could not run without their volunteers. They offer some courses that will hopefully enable you to become a volunteer within their organization. I would have to pay for the course myself which at this point due to lack of funds I am unable to do. The course was $200 they told me I could take it for $150 this was still out of my reach.
When Debbie sent me the info for the Humanities course it could not have come at a better time; it would mean so much to me if I am accepted to take the course. It would really boost my self-esteem as I am feeling a bit low after getting rejected for volunteer jobs. Shaking myself off I looked through the forms my friend had sent me. I filled them out and then delivered them to the University in person as well as an email copy. Natalie (who is a volunteer funny enough) was very helpful in guiding me through the process of applying for the course. I contacted Natalie to see if they had received my applications she assured me they had and that she would contact me to let me know if I had been accepted through the first round of the application process. Well I was constantly checking my emails looking for that email from Natalie. It came the next day it said that I had been accepted through to the second level of the application process. I was so delighted with this wonderful news that I was overflowing with emotions. I go tomorrow from 4-7pm for the second phase of the application process; I will have a restless sleep tonight but I couldn't be happier at this point in time. I guess I better take one step at a time, even if I don't get into the course I will forever be delighted that my friend sent me that email in the first place!
Dedicated to my dear friend Debbie (Who got this ball rolling) :)