Building connections no matter what: An interview with grade 10 student Evan Janzen

Apr 29, 2021 | Student Story

It’s an unusual year to start as a student at RJC High School. We talked to grade 10 student Evan Janzen about his first year, and he shared that despite the pandemic RJC’s community spirit is still strong.

How has your first year been so far?

It’s been good! It’s really been a different experience—even with COVID it’s been really good and a lot better than the previous school I went to. I’ve been able to connect deeper with friends, and it seems like everyone has a good relationship and gets along very well.

How have things been with COVID-19 this year?

It’s for sure been different, but even just being able to go to school and not doing online courses, I’m just thankful for that. It’s still been good no matter what. I think they found a good way to adapt to the circumstances and make it enjoyable.

You live at home, do you still feel like you get to be part of the community?

Oh yeah, for sure. I mean through activities, even though there weren’t as many sports this year, activities after school, stuff like the Sam and Sadie Hawkins or just those evening events. Even hanging out after school to study or just hang out with people has connected me.

What are some of the activities you’ve participated in?

I did some badminton and curling, and joined the RJC Singers, ManChoir, and the nordic ski club. So I participated in quite a few things. And that’s kind of helped build relationships with my classmates and peers.

Were any of the things you tried this year new to you?

I played a lot of sports, but I’ve never played football before. And joining a singing group, like a choir, I’ve never really been a part of that. Everyone’s accepting of you, and so you just kind of join. Even if you maybe aren’t the best at something you’ll fit in and be fine. At another school it might not be that way, and RJC gives you an opportunity to play different sports and try new things. Everyone there tries new things and so you fit right in.

How has the academic side of things been so far?

It’s been really good. I found it a lot better than my public school that I went to before. I think the teachers, I’ve just been able to connect with more. They’re there for helping you learn, but they’re there for more than just that. They’re there to lead you along and I’ve found all the teachers very good and helpful and they have definitely made a positive difference in my learning.

While going to RJC you’re also living at home on the family farm. Is that something you have been involved in growing up?

Yeah, all my life I’ve been around it. I help out a lot on the farm, my grandpa’s done it, my great grandpa, now my dad’s doing it, and I’m sure it’ll get passed down to me and I’ll continue that tradition.

What have you enjoyed about or learned from farming over the years?

Well it’s taught me a lot of discipline. You’ve got to have a lot of faith because it doesn’t come easy. There’s lots of challenges and stuff you have to overcome. You’ve got no control of the weather, you’ve got to just hope that you get good weather so you can have a successful year. It’s something I’ve always been around, it’s kind of all I know. I’d rather have this life than a nine-to-five day job.

What have you learned or experienced at RJC that you think will help you in the future?

Probably one of the major things that I’ve learned is you don’t look at anyone in a negative way, you always see someone or help someone out through their day and just make it a positive experience for everyone.

If you were talking to a student, or family who was considering going to RJC, what would you say to them?

I would say that it’d be a good idea! It’s a positive experience, and it would be something that they would definitely enjoy.