Hometown: Regina, SK
Program: Culinary Arts diploma
Jenny is a 2021 graduate of the Culinary Arts diploma program making her a COVID-19 grad. Despite the disruptions caused by moving from in-person to online classes and having to rethink labs and work experience, Jenny looks back on her Sask Polytech experience as a good one.
“My instructors were great teachers, and I enjoyed meeting new people and making tons of friends,” the Métis woman says. “Most days after classes, I would go relax and chat with people at the Indigenous Students’ Centre.”
A favourite memory is the time she and her class were cooking breakfast for customers, and Jenny was in charge of the made-to-order omelets. “I was nervous because it was my first time flipping omelets in front of a crowd. I flipped one but made a mistake. Some of the omelet hit the table and then the floor,” she says. Embarrassing, yes, but also something everyone in her class could relate to and laugh about.
Despite the pandemic, Jenny remains optimistic about her future. It took her almost ten years to find something she loved to do, so she’s not giving up. “When you find something you’re passionate about, go for it,” she says. “If I could go back in time and do it differently, I would tell my younger self to stay in school, get good grades and don’t give up on your dreams. It’s never too late to do what makes you happy."