News Archives: Meet Lyndsie Mcleod, GPRC Student Ambassador
Tuesday, February 18th, 2020
Lyndsie Mcleod, GPRC Student Ambassador.
Whether it’s volunteering at events, helping out with campus tours or coming up with new ideas to make a better GPRC experience, Student Ambassadors play an important role in our recruitment department and offer an opportunity to learn and lead from within.
Throughout the semester, the Student Ambassadors will be interviewing one another to bring light to this incredible GPRC program as well as give readers a glimpse into their worlds as students. First up, meet Lyndsie Mcleod, a second year Bachelor of Arts student who is visually impaired. Lyndsie’s interview is written by Shawnee Stanley, a first year student in the College’s Open Studies program.
Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from?
Lyndsie was born in Grande Prairie, Alberta, and lived in Wanham, Alberta, until she was 13 years old before relocating back to Grande Prairie 16 years ago.
What’s one interesting fact about you?
Lyndsie is blind – she has never experienced sight in her left eye and her right eye of 20/20 vision began to deteriorate at 20, resulting in complete blindness when she was 22 years old.
When you’re not in school or studying, what are you up to?
Lyndsie sits at her son’s soccer games and enjoys playing board games with him. She likes to go swimming once a week, has a knack for organizing, listens to a lot of YouTube, and during the weekends, she enjoys visiting family.
What year and program are you in? Why did you choose that program?
When Lyndsie enrolled at GPRC, she wasn’t sure of her educational path so she opted to delve into classes such as history, sociology, and psychology. She weighed the pros and cons until the decision to focus on psychology was made as she found it the most interesting topic. Lyndsie is currently in her second year of a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Psychology.
What made you choose GPRC?
Multiple factors contributed to Lyndsie’s decision to enrol at GPRC. Location of the college, good accessibility supports and disability services, and a variety of excellent courses were amongst the top.
What do you hope to do as a future career? Why?
Lyndsie would like to be a clinical psychologist. She hopes to work with children that have chronic illnesses because at one point in time, she was a child with a chronic illness. Lyndsie felt like she wasn’t understood and would like to be a psychologist where she can demonstrate her understanding of what her future patients are going through.
Why did you join the GPRC Student Ambassador program?
Lyndsie decided to join the Student Ambassador program because she wanted to gain volunteer experience and saw the opportunity to do something out of her comfort zone; something fun that was not academically related.
She finds the program is a good introductory experience for the workforce. The opportunity to organize events and meet new people in different programs you may not have had the chance to meet, leads to both personal and professional development.
The interview doesn’t stop here, read Lyndsie’s interview of Shawnee here.
Learn more about the Student Ambassador program and how you can get involved here.