Madison Toombs
Madison Toombs

Madison Toombs

Hometown: Saskatoon, SK
Program: Disability Support Worker certificate  

Madison remembers feeling lost after she graduated from high school. “I didn’t know what I wanted to do,” the Métis woman says. “If I could go back, I’d tell myself that is okay. Life isn’t easy, and it takes time to figure out your place in the world.” 

So, how did Madison figure out what she wanted to do? “I looked through postsecondary programs to see if any interested me,” she says. In the end, she enrolled in the Disability Support Worker program at Sask Polytech. 

“I chose Sask Polytech because of the hands-on experience you get. I was intrigued at how soon you’re able to start practicums and even start working,” Madison says. “But I also wanted to get an education in a place that encourages success and supports students in all aspects of life.” 

It’s not easy going from high school to postsecondary. While Madison admits to being nervous starting out, she also knew that Sask Polytech had many student supports available. The Indigenous Students’ Centre, in particular, provided an escape from the stress of school. “It was a good way for me to feel welcome within the Sask Polytech community. Often, I would eat lunch with an Elder while learning to bead. This helped me gain a better understanding of my culture.” 

Madison’s year at Sask Polytech taught her an important life lesson. “Enjoy the journey. Before you know it, your program is over and you’ll be working. Take the time to do your best, enjoy it and finish strong.”