UR Guarantee student demonstrates resilience and reflects on her first year

Posted: July 6, 2017 6:00 a.m.

Anthea Holczer credits UR Guarantee with helping her with the transition of returning to university.
Anthea Holczer credits UR Guarantee with helping her with the transition of returning to university. Photo courtesy of the Student Success Centre

It has been 35 years since Anthea Holczer was a student in school. After successfully completing her first year in the Faculty of Education, she reflects on her university experience to date.
On Returning to Classes

When I first started university it was completely overwhelming. I didn’t think I was capable of keeping up with the younger students, and I didn’t think I would fit in. I went to virtually every free student workshop that was offered at the Student Success Centre and soon realized that all new students felt the same. It was good to be in small intimate groups learning about productive study habits. It was also good to talk with and learn from other students.

Passionate about Teaching

Prior to university, I taught English in Korea for three years. This was at a time when a teaching degree wasn’t necessary and I loved the experience. Once settled back in Canada, I became an educational assistant in rural Saskatchewan which I also loved. It was after being in the school system for nine years I decided it was time for me to become a teacher. Here I am at the U of R, with my first year under my belt and looking forward to the next year with anticipation.

Joining the UR Guarantee Program

Being a part of the UR Guarantee Program has been great. The program’s questionnaires showed me my weaknesses, and what I needed to change to become successful at university.

These reflections made me rethink about myself and my study habits and the advice was invaluable. Through the UR Guarantee Program, I also started to get more involved around the campus.

I have attended many events at the university and all of them have been informative and entertaining. Some of the events I’ve attended include: Careers Day, a drumming workshop, blanket exercise workshop, education career fair, Chinese new year celebration, trumpism presentation, and the international students’ celebration.

Advice to New U of R Students

I would definitely advise any new U of R student to join the UR Guarantee program. The questionnaires that had to be completed before the first meeting were fantastic. At the time, I didn’t think I had the time or the energy to do just one more thing, but the support the program provides has been excellent.
I would also advise new students to make sure they go to all their classes.

I’m always amazed at how much material is covered in one class. Copying notes from a friend might help but is not the same as being in class listening to the professor’s stories and explanations.

There is so much help available at the University of Regina, don’t be afraid to ask for it. The university and the professors want you to be successful. Use the resources offered, and work hard!

The UR Guarantee Program provides holistic support to students from first year to graduation. Students need to sign up before completing 30 credit hours. Students who complete the requirements of the UR Guarantee Program and are unable to secure career related employment within six months of graduation will be eligible for a free year of additional undergraduate classes (tuition and course fees) For more information on our program please visit here.