Linda Markowsky

Going back to 1986 when I attended Langara College in Vancouver, I played on the Langara Falcon’s Volleyball Team. Royal Roads Military College (RRMC) was in our league. The reason the trip over to Victoria is so vivid for me today is I can really only remember the tour the RRMC ladies volleyball team gave us around campus prior to our game. I remember walking through the gardens down to the lagoon and standing on the dock beside the sailboats and walking into the boat houses that were filled with beautiful row boats. I remember them taking us by the castle and showing us their dorm rooms and a few classrooms prior to going over to the gym.

When my team was in the dressing room we were all sort of quiet with our own thoughts of the tour until a voice - my voice - said “I think they were trying to recruit us?” I don’t remember the game at all for my last memory is my team nervously laughing at my comment.

I left B.C. in 1990 and lived in Quebec, New Brunswick, Alberta, Ontario and then returned to B.C. in 2008. I was living in Sooke and drove all the way downtown to my job with the Victoria School District. It took me 1.5 hours each way almost every day. I hated the traffic, the crawl on the highway and the time away from my children. Each time I passed the majestic rock wall of Royal Roads University I would say to myself, “One day, I am going to work there.” Saying that, I had no clue what I could do at RRU; I just remembered the first time behind those walls back in 1986 and thought how nice it would be to return and be a part of the amazing campus.

In late 2010, I finally got tired of the drive from Sooke to downtown and decided to look for employment in the West Shore area. At that time it was rare to see jobs at RRU but one did come up and I applied. I was extremely lucky to be hired as the Senior Administrative Coordinator in Community Relations and Advancement on February 7, 2011. My dream became reality and here I am four years later working on this amazing campus, with incredibly talented people. I expanded my experience at RRU and started a new position in the Brand, Marketing and Recruitment Department in 2013 as the Student Recruitment Associate.

So my life-changing story goes all the way back to when I was in college. Who would have thought at 19 years old I would find myself in my 40s back on the same amazing campus as an employee. I really feel like I have come full circle in my travels and in the end I guess Royal Roads did recruit me.

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