Cynthia Bondoc is the 2015 Valedictorian of the Master of Education (M.Ed.) in Adult Education program at Yorkville University. In this Question and Answer with Yorkville University Cynthia talks about her learning journey.
YU: Please tell us a bit about yourself? Where do you live, what do you do?
CB: I have a B.A. in Psychology and completed some 48 units of graduate courses in Counselling years ago. I have completed continuing education in Human Resources Management and Trainer of Adults. I worked in the field of Human Resources Management for about 13 years, have a business partnerships and did part-time consulting for a while. For the past couple of years, I was away from professional work and was taking care of my family full time. I enjoy travelling, reading biographies, leadership books and current events. I also like listening to music and watching romantic/comedy films as well as TV series such as “Law and Order and NCIS.” I live in Scarborough, Ontario, with my daughter and volunteer whenever I can.
YU: How did you end up enrolling at Yorkville University?
CB: I considered pursuing MEd in Adult Education to complement my Human Resources Management training and work experience, and while perusing the internet, I came across YorkvilleU offering an online program in Adult Education. I read about the program offering, requested additional information, and as we say, the rest is history.
YU: Yorkville University’s programs can be quite rigorous, so when times got tough, what kept you motivated?
CB: Not losing sight of my goal and keeping my eyes focused on the “prize.”
YU: Apart from the course material, what is the biggest thing you will take away from your experience studying with Yorkville University?
CB: The lessons learned along the way, the beautiful people I met who inspired me, who showed kindness and understanding which makes my learning journey more meaningful.
YU: If you were to offer one piece of advice to someone who is just starting your program, what would it be?
CB: Two actually…Just be prepared for the unexpected along the way and not lose sight of your ultimate goal (purpose) in taking the program
YU: Now that you have graduated, what are your plans?
CB: I would like to be involved in training and development and maybe teach continuing education courses in a community college.