Warren Collegiate Institute’s Kayleigh Malcolm will take part in the prestigious SHAD program this summer. (Submitted photo)
A Warren Collegiate Institute Grade 11 student is getting the opportunity to explore university before going to university, after she was accepted to be a part of the SHAD program this summer.
Kayleigh Malcolm will be spending a month of her summer break at a tertiary institution, learning about various fields and meeting other young learners like herself.
“I’m actually very interested to see what university life is going to be like, what it would be like to be independent, but I’m also interested in meeting all these other people and seeing how they think and how they live,” she said.
According to its official website, SHAD is “an award-winning enrichment and entrepreneurship program and network that empowers exceptional high school students – at a pivotal point in their education – to recognize their own capabilities and envision their extraordinary potential as tomorrow’s leaders and change makers.”
Nine-hundred students from all over Canada and internationally, will spend a month in-residence at a designated partner university, immersing themselves in the tertiary experience.
Malcolm said her program will run from July 1 to July 29 and is yet to know which institute she will attend.
She was first drawn to the program when her school had a speaker come and describe the program for students. “I learned about it from there, then I looked into it and it was something that I was really interested in,” Malcolm said.
She applied to be a part of the program in November last year and found out it in February that she had been accepted.
Malcolm explained the program is a STEAM-based multidisciplinary initiative and will cover many different learning areas. “Basically, we will be learning about science, technology, engineering, arts and math. We will be in workshops and lectures and we will get to do projects based on problems that are going on today,” she explained.
Malcolm hasn’t decided what she will study after high school, but the teen said she was looking into medicine. Although the program is meant to cover a few different fields, Malcolm hopes it will specifically touch on some of the subjects she is interested in.
Once students have completed the program they become members of the SHAD network, where they will be a part of an extensive peer-to-peer network of leaders and change makers. SHAD was founded in 1980 and is based in Waterloo Ont.