September 17, 2012

College Rise Up: With broader mandates and prestigious degree programs, colleges are no longer second-choice schools.

When Chantelle Hamilton graduated from high school in 2004, the thought of attending college never crossed her mind. “My perception was that failures went to college,” she says. “I thought: you go to college if you can’t get good enough grades to go to university.”

But after more than two years studying biology at the University of Guelph, Hamilton, 27, was frustrated with lecture halls and laboratories. “I’m a super hands-on person,” she explains. “I didn’t really feel the vibe.”

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