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Selina McCallum: Why become a GEMgirl?

Selina McCallum was one of our amazing GEMgirls in 2014-15. Her mentors were Amoryn Engel and Sharlyn Carrington. We interview her about her experience in The GEM Program.

-What did you love about The GEM Program?
-My favourite part of the GEM program were the GEMinars. I liked that each one had something different to offer and had a variety of guest speakers. They were informative and very helpful. I learned skills that I still use in my everyday life.

-What did you get out of your mentorship relationship?
-The relationship with my mentors boosted my confidence and helped me become more open with people. They offered me their guidance and we built a strong relationship. My mentors were Amoryn Engel and Sharlyn Carrington. They shared their career experiences with me, which helped me decide what career path I wanted to take. They also helped me to come up with pros and cons list to determine what school to go to. I found support and a friendship that continued after the program ended.

-How did GEM impact your life?
-GEM has opened a lot of doors for me. The program gave me a chance to explore different career paths. It helped me develop confidence and be a stronger person. GEM also gave me a paid internship doing something I loved. I’m very grateful for all the opportunities that GEM has presented to me.

-What are you doing now?
-I’m a second- year student at the University of Windsor. I’m doing a double major in Digital Journalism and Communication, and Media and Film. I’m also celebrating the one-year anniversary of my photography website: Shot by Selina (@shotbyselina).

-What would you say to someone who may be interested in GEM?
-You won’t have any regrets! GEM will offer you many opportunities and equip you with a wide range of skills for your future. It will also give you the chance to be around like-minded individuals, make new friends and get prepared for college and university.