The first day of university can be hard for anyone, but if you join your classmates two years into a four-year program, the added stress can cause you to doubt your decision.
This was how Darcy Comeau felt when she sat down for her first Business Administration class at Mount Saint Vincent University (MSVU) in September 2005 as the first two-plus two program student the university ever received. “I was unsure how prepared I’d be coming from NSCC,” says Darcy. “I was worried how I would stack up.”
Darcy was nervous she would lag behind her classmates at the university-level; however, she quickly changed her mind. “I had no problems at all,” she notes. “If anything, I was better off. A lot of times the electives you take in university aren’t as useful. Everything I’d taken at NSCC was specifically related to the program.”
A dream is born
While indecisive about a Business Administration Diploma when she applied, Darcy says that her first-year courses soon helped her realize what she wanted to do professionally, “I was exposed to a little bit of everything—management, marketing, economic and accounting—and I did very well.” By second year Darcy remained at the top of her class and her dream to become a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA) was born.
When she heard about the two-plus-two option in her second year at Burridge Campus, Darcy saw it as a means to reach her goal. “I was actually the first person to do the Articulation Agreement at NSCC,” says Darcy. “I applied to MSVU, which was the only university offering it at the time, and all my credits were accepted for transfer.”
The NSCC Articulation Agreement, more commonly known as two-plus-two, creates a pathway for NSCC graduates between their diploma and a number degree programs in post-secondary institutions across Canada. For some students, as was the case with Darcy, universities recognize two years of prior College-based learning towards a four-year degree.
Ten years later, Darcy is a CPA and controller at Stewart McKelvey—one of Canada’s 20 largest law firms.
As an advocate for the benefits of the two-plus-two route, Darcy admits that the cost savings, the practical courses and the proximity to home still have her recommending this approach to others today. “The program has only gotten better since I did it, and now you can do it entirely online,” says Darcy.
The NSCC alumnus says she is very happy with where her education has taken her, “I’ve grown significantly since then and especially since I’ve gotten my CPA. I’m lucky to be in a place where I’m challenged each day and given so many opportunities to grow.”