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Darlene Sych (BA’04)

Oct 27, 2016
Darlene Sych
Darlene Sych

Darlene Sych graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Theology in 2004. Here's her story:

I was keen to study something that interested me, and Theology was it. I wanted a smaller, more personal university. As a homeschooler, I wanted a university that didn’t discriminate against homeschoolers. King’s fit both requirements perfectly. I think one of my favorite parts was the communal lunch hour. It brought staff and students together, and built a sense of community unique for a university.

In 2009, I joined the Royal Canadian Air Force as an Air Combat Systems Officer. I spent 4 years as a Tactical Coordinator on Sea King helicopters, travelling the world hunting submarines and chasing pirates. I was posted to Edmonton in 2015 as a Military Career Counsellor, recruiting people to the military.

How did King’s prepare me for my career? It’s important for an Officer in the military to be aware of alternative ways of dealing with conflict and have the skills necessary to employ those means. King’s gave me a good foundation through its focus on peace and good stewardship, which continued through my Master’s in International Studies, Peace and Conflict Resolution, and into my career.  

While working on my Master's, a friend doing her Bachelor’s degree asked me, in a concerned voice, if university really is the best time of a person’s life. I told her no, it certainly isn’t. My advice would be to remind first year students that university is a great experience, but it's also very short. So use your time at King’s to its full potential, enjoy it, and get ready for the rest of your life, because the best times haven’t even started yet. 

What did you study at King's and when?

I graduated with a BA in Theology in 2004. I was keen to study something that interested me, and Theology was it.

What led you to choose King’s?

I wanted a smaller, more personal university. As a homeschooler, I wanted a university that didn’t discriminate against homeschoolers. King’s fit both requirements perfectly.

What are you doing now?

I joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 2009 as an Air Combat Systems Officer. I spent 4 years as a Tactical Coordinator on Sea King helicopters, travelling the world hunting submarines and chasing pirates. I was posted to Edmonton in 2015 as a Military Career Counsellor, recruiting people to the military.

How did King's prepare you for your career?

I believe it’s important for an Officer in the military to be aware of alternative ways of dealing with conflict, and have the skills necessary to employ those means. King’s gave me a good foundation through its focus on peace and good stewardship, which continued through my Master’s in International Studies, Peace and Conflict Resolution, and into my career.  

In your opinion, what was the best thing about King's and why?

I think one of my favorite parts was the communal lunch hour. It brought staff and students together, and built a sense of community unique for a university.

What advice would you give to incoming first-year students?

When I was working on my Master's, a friend doing her Bachelor's asked me in a concerned voice if university really is the best time of a person’s life. I told her no, it certainly isn’t. University is a great experience, but it's also very short. So use your time at King’s to its full potential, enjoy it, and get ready for the rest of your life, because the best times haven’t even started yet.