It’s actually been during my time here at SAIT that I’ve learned to openly embrace my past. That’s allowed me to get to where I am now.
I had come from being uneducated, dealing with mental health issues and a stint of homelessness ― overcoming all of that, I finally started to get myself back on track. I got a job in the oil field and was there for nine years.
I think the big moment for me was when I got laid off. I was 29 … I asked myself, ‘Okay, what are you doing in your life? Are you going to do nothing and waste all of your talents or are you going to utilize them and truly show everyone you have the potential they’ve been saying you’ve had your entire life?’
Fortunately, I got into SAIT’s Skills Investment Program. It was an opportunity to apply myself and see what I could have done in high school had I actually finished. Before I knew it I was get A’s. Then I got into the Petroleum Engineering Technology Program and wanted to continue that trend.
I completed my first year with a 4.0, and then, in my second year I was elected as the SAITSA Petroleum Society President, Society of Petroleum Engineers – SAIT Chapter President and co-founder and vice president of Women in Science and Engineering Club.
I now know where I am going to go and the things I need to do in order to execute my goals … I have an outlook of nothing is worse than not knowing what you’re going to eat for the next couple of days or not having a roof over your head. You’ve got to take advantage of everyday.
Tyler Kobayashi, Petroleum Engineering Technology ’17 | Spring 2017 Valedictorian | 2016/17 President, SAITSA Petroleum Society | 2016/17 President, Society of Petroleum Engineers – SAIT Chapter | Co-founder, Women in Science and Engineering Club