OCAA scoring champion and player of the year. CCAA All-Canadian. Felix Adjei has accomplished everything he can on the basketball court. Now's he's learning to use those skills in other arenas too.
Coming out of high school, I was really confused about what college to go to. I wasn't sure what I wanted to do. It was actually my high school coach who told me about Seneca's programs because he had coached here. That's how I made the decision to come.
"Education is good, but you need connections. And that's why Seneca is great. They've really helped me with my communication skills. I talk to so many different people. I'm always networking."
I'm currently in my second year of the Recreation and Leisure program. And I love it. It's all about learning leadership skills, communication skills, planning and management – everything that I do when I'm playing basketball. The program is really vast, and it's all learning that I can apply to every aspect of my life. I'm learning, for example, how to handle different types of scenarios, different ways to work with people to get the best out of them.
This year, I'll be starting as a Residence Advisor at the Newnham Campus residence, and the leadership skills I'm learning will be important there too. It's hard, for example, for some students to integrate themselves into school. Some people don't make friends easily. Some people have different backgrounds, different values. So for me it's about learning what I can do to make them feel comfortable, to make the school community better for everyone.
Last year, as my co-op, I ran basketball camps for kids, and I was able to use those same skills there. It was great to see how I could help these kids learn new things. And it wasn't just basketball skills. Some kids have the same problems, they can't make friends. And that's why their parents send them to the camp. So not only am I teaching them, I'm getting the chance to practice my skills too.
I wasn't always like this. When I came to Seneca, I was a little rough around the edges. Thanks to Seneca, my communication skills are so much better. I'm always talking to people. I'm always networking. I feel like I've grown up here.
After I graduate I would love to work in athletics. I love sports. I actually had some opportunities to play professional basketball overseas last year. But I wanted to finish school, because you never know what might happen. This way, I know I will always have the skills I need – whatever I end up doing.
"The leadership skills I'm learning at Seneca tie in to every aspect of my life."
Peivand went from clinical research to classrooms at Seneca.