Hello everyone! My name is Deborah Visconti and I would like to introduce myself to you as the new editor of Learning Curves. I’m really looking forward to the opportunity to contribute my energy and personal experiences to Learning Curves because adult education is a subject very near to my heart.
When I was in my early thirties, I found myself facing many difficult life challenges which left me feeling ill-equipped to handle. I realized that only I, myself, could bring about change if I wanted it, and I needed to take responsibility for my own life and the commitments I had to others. I made the difficult decision to invest in myself, applied and was fortunate enough to be accepted at University of Toronto as a mature student.
I continued to work full-time and took 1 or 2 courses in the evenings each year, while raising 2 wonderful sons. Some years were more challenging than others, which rendered me unable to take a course, but I never gave up and always went back! Taking those courses - the reading, the lectures, studying and writing gave me a new perspective not only on myself but also on the world around me.
Over the years, going to school became part of the fabric of who I am. The university was a constant positive model for me and I was very proud to be part of that community. U of T was, and continues to be, the embodiment of the unlimited possibilities which are available to all of us. After almost 20 years I am very proud to say that I graduated with an Honours BA and am now considering pursuing a Masters degree. There is so much more I still want to learn and every day is a new day.