Meet Your March Student of the Month!

This award has been established to acknowledge students who inspire to create dialogue and foster a strong sense of community at Conestoga College and beyond, through participation in events, lectures, or other forms of community engagement.

CSI’s March Student of The Month is: 

Eda Ozturk!


“James Keller once said ‘a candle loses nothing by lighting another candle’. It is my belief that if we light up others with our candles, the room will light up for all. Contributing to the community by the knowledge we share, the kindness we show, the encouragement we give will reward us with satisfaction and we lose nothing”.

Congratulations to Eda for winning this month’s student of the month award! We had a conversation with Eda about all things Student of the Month, Conestoga College, and achievements she’s most proud of. Here’s what she had to say:

  1. What made you apply for Student of the Month?
    I have always been motivated by the thought of being successful. When I saw the Student of the Month award on the Instagram account of CSI, I read the stories of the previous award recipients. This encouraged me to apply for the award and to share my achievements as a student and my community involvement.
  2. Why did you choose Conestoga College for your studies?
    I have a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from my home country. I was looking for an educational experience that can provide me with the opportunity to learn valuable information about the Canadian social welfare system, and issues in Canadian society surrounding social justice, diversity, and inclusion. To keep aligned with my political beliefs, and my newfound sense of humanitarian work, I decided that social work was where my interests were grounded. After looking at my options, I decided that Social Service Work program at Conestoga College was the best fit for my education path in Canada.
  3. How does leadership and community involvement factor into your day-to-day?
    I have been the president of the Peace and Respect Initiative Club at Conestoga College for three semesters. In this club, we meet with members bi-weekly to increase intercultural interactions and share our experiences and build connections. Although we have been limited with virtual events, we have organized several events to interact with the students. The goal of our club is to work towards creating an inclusive and welcoming community at Conestoga College. As the president of this club, I aim to unify and benefit each student at the college to learn about different cultures. Furthermore, being the leader in this club provided me with the opportunity to learn and practice my leadership skills to further benefit the community. As an individual from a marginalized community, and a Muslim woman, I understand, first-hand, the complexities around intersectionality. I believe I contribute to the diversity of the student community and the faculty.Additionally, my field placement at an elementary school helped me increase my interpersonal skills by working with immigrant children and children with special needs. Recognizing my strengths and areas for growth was another important point in increasing my ability to contribute to society. I believe being an active student and my role in various organizations and my field placement have provided me with the opportunity to contribute to the community and will benefit my future career as a social worker.
  4. Are there any specific achievements you’d like to acknowledge?
    As a student with English as a second language, I am graduating from Social Service Work program with High Distinction. I am hoping that this will be the first of my many achievements in Canada.
  5. What is a goal you have once you are graduated?
    I am completing the Social Service Work program as a step toward the MSW. My personal experiences, along with the experience of observing the challenges and traumatic experiences of immigrant children in my field placement, inspired me to explore psychotherapy after finishing the MSW. As such, while in the MSW, I am drawn to the clinical courses to equip me with the relevant intervention-based courses.