I think back to October, and the beginning of this amazing ride, and I remember a different girl. That girl was unsure of herself and she had no idea what the future would hold. I still don’t know what the future holds but GEM has left an impact on my life like nothing else.

The GEM workshops were little nuggets of pure knowledge gold. From stress-relieving yoga positions to the ins and outs of business etiquette, GEM workshops have left me feeling more confident about my ability to handle what the future will throw at me.

My mentorship experience is one that I will never forget. I felt reassured and safe knowing that someone wise was there for me. My mentor listened to my problems, in a non-patronizing way, and helped me to get through them this year.

Through GEM I was introduced to a group of girls every bit as passionate as myself. Being able to learn and grow with them over this past year was an inspiring experience. The year has had its rough patches, but whether it was with the advice of my mentor or that of a fellow GEMgirl, I have emerged out the other end a more confident individual, ready to test my abilities at university.