Never too late
Corrina Smith realizes goal of being a mom and completing a post-secondary program
Corrina Smith of Red Harbour was all smiles on Wednesday, May 30, as she realized a goal she set out for herself two years prior.
Smith, who is originally from Clarenville but moved to the Burin Peninsula in 2012, was one of the three students to graduate the office administration executive program offered at the College of the North Atlantic campus in Burin.
“I’ve always wanted to do that,” she said of the program, “I actually started to do the business course a few years ago, but it wasn’t what I wanted,” she said.
Smith decided it was time for her to return to school two years ago.
“I’m a little bit older than the people I went to school with,” she said with a laugh.
Her two children, 14 and eight, were her motivation for pursuing a college education.
“I just wanted to be a better role model for them,” she said.
Smith told The Southern Gazette her children supported her decision to return to school.
“Even at their age they understood, (me needing) the extra time to come home and do the school work, and they tell me that every step of the way.”
Smith said there were some challenges to overcome when she returned to school.
“Definitely the time restraints,” she said. “My husband was away working at the time, so it was just myself and my daughter so I used to find it hard to get home, get her situated for bed, get her to bed and then I would be up myself till probably 1-2 o’clock in the morning to study and then you’re tired the next day.”
She developed a time schedule to help.
“I just did what I had to do,” said Smith. “I seen the challenge, I knew what I had to do to fix it and I just did it.”
Smith was the valedictorian for the graduating class.
“I was blown away,” she commented on receiving the honour.
Smith noted that after completing her work term through the program she was hired by Mario Walsh Mechanical Services LTD.
“I worked really hard to do what I did,” she said, “and to my kids, it’s not only did I go to school but I followed it through to a job.”
To people facing a similar situation Smith had the following advice.
“Just do it,” she said. “Don’t be scared that you’re going to be the oldest person in the class room, cause I was (scared) on my first day.”
She said with a laugh the entire drive from her home in Red Harbour to the campus in Burin she was “a bag of nerves” telling herself she would be the oldest, “but I wasn’t.”
Corrina Smith encourages others looking to return to school to go for it.
Janice Moulton, campus director, (left) presents Corrina Smith with her Valedictorian Award.