July 6, 2022 – Thunder Bay, Ont.
Ben Kealey of Mississauga, Ont., is excited to start his Lakehead University adventure this September after winning the university’s free first-year tuition draw.
This year, high school students had the opportunity to win their first-year tuition for free by registering and attending virtual or in-person events hosted by the University. Of the large pool of entries, Kealey’s name was drawn.
Kealey, a graduate of St. Paul Secondary School, will attend Lakehead this fall to begin a degree in Kinesiology.
“I didn’t believe it at first when I got the call, I’ve never won a contest before,” said Kealey, who read about the contest in an email, attended a virtual tour, and went in-person back in February to see the campus. “It’s really a great experience and my family is very happy.”
“It just feels like you’re really special – it’s a really good feeling,” he added.
It was through his research that Kealey learned that Lakehead was one of the best schools for Kinesiology in Canada. “Lakehead University was my top choice,” he explained. “It has really great programs from all the research I did. It looks like a really nice place. I was happy to have been accepted and then later win.”
Kealey is moving to Thunder Bay at the end of August and is looking forward to meeting new people and having new experiences. His future plans include medical school to perhaps become a paediatrician, but right now he is open to future goals as he begins his learning journey at Lakehead this fall.
“I am really excited to go [to Lakehead], and study.”
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