Veronica Lockyer

Veronica Lockyer
Student, Individualized Studies

"By having the ability to choose courses from all programs pertinent to my career goals, I have created a one of a kind degree that is pertinent to many potential career choices and displays the diversity of my individual talents and achievements.

While my main focus is youth poverty alleviation, the specific array of courses in Human Rights and Equities, Children's Rights, Anthropology Research, Ethics, Illicit Networks, Imagined Nations, Sociology, Politics, Pop Culture Media, Film Production, Canadian Law, Children's Literature, Creative Writing, Canadian Culture etc. all contain the oppression of complex poverty. The Individualized Studies program allows me to earn a degree through my preferred methods of learning.

As a mature student and single mom with four children I can only speak to my experience from this point of view. Initially my time commitments at school, while positive, also intensified some issues in my family so much so that I was ready to quit my dream of earning a degree to be a mom at home for my children. Instead of quitting I asked my Program Director for help. Within two days I had a mental health consultation, help with our living arrangements, and help with anything else to ensure I was happily reinvested in my degree and my family in equal balance. It isn't easy being back at school at 52 as a single mom, but York has been so great to me and I feel like I'm welcomed with open arms and hugs everywhere on campus. I feel as though I am finally home. Believe me if I can do this anyone can!"