Continuing our series of blogs spotlighting some of our inaugural Beedie Luminaries meet Raven Arly Gonzales. Raven is starting his first year at Kwantlen Polytechnic University, taking a Health Science program. Read more about his story in the Q&A story below.
What is your name?
Raven Arly Gonzales
What post-secondary school will you be attending?
Kwantlen Polytechnic University.
What program will you be taking in post-secondary and why does it interest you?
Health Science. Human anatomy and physiology has captured my attention for quite some time now, and I would like to apply the knowledge I will learn into the world and help those in need.
Tell us a little bit about your background (growing up, going to school, extra-curricular activities, etc.).
I was born and raised in the Philippines by my mother and father. When I was 7 years old, my father immigrated to Canada to earn money to provide for his soon to be family for 5. Four years later, we followed his footsteps and were continued to be raised in Canada, alongside our new baby sister. I have always wanted to fit in and wanted blonde hair and no accent. I came to realize after a while that it’s the little perks and characteristics that makes me the person I am and I needed to embrace it. Right now, I live with both my parents, and two younger siblings. I never did many extra-curricular activities for I took care of my siblings instead.
Who inspires you, and why?
My mother and my girlfriend, as everything I’m about to do is to give them a better future. With my mother, she left her life behind to fight for our new future. While with my girlfriend, she fought through many obstacles to get to where she is today, and that fighting force inspires me to give her an easy life in the future, with little to no hardships.
What motivates you, and why?
My goal to have a future with a happy life and family. As well as my passion to learn.
What are your goals for the upcoming school year?
To stay alive, and keep up with he curriculum while maintaining a healthy and happy life.
What is one thing you learned in high school that you will take with you to post-secondary?
No one will motivate me as much as I can motivate myself. I need to push myself to the limits, but not so much that it is draining.
What is one piece of advice you’d give to future Luminaries?
Think and look at the things you have. Enjoy them, instead of wishing for what you can have.Back To Top