When I retired from the Royal Canadian Navy in 2015 after 12 years of service, I had two goals: to go to university and to be published as a writer.

Only a few years have passed and I have come farther than I ever imagined. I am now a PhD student at Carleton University, a fully trained journalist, and my writing has been published in several publications all around the world. My drive to move forward, to be better than my previous self, combined with an unwavering self discipline and a high level of self confidence, has propelled me through each goal. Any obstacle that I’ve encountered on this journey has been an opportunity to grow as a person and as a professional.

I believe in success. I believe in happiness. I believe that each day I will work to be a better writer, a better academic, and a better person.