“I prayed God would open one door and close all others,” says Anchugan Sivagnanam [BA 2014]. The door God opened led him to Tyndale – where he pursued an undergraduate degree in Human Services and Psychology.
He heard about Tyndale from his youth pastor Adele-Marie Diffey [BRE 2006]. When she recommended the university, Anchugan was hesitant at first because he thought of it as a “theology school for pastors” – and he wasn’t called to be a pastor.
He soon found out that Tyndale was not only a school that offers theology degrees but also an under- graduate university that offers degrees in history, psychology, English, business, international development and more.
The academics impacted him. “Tyndale challenged and equipped me for a career in human services,” he says. Anchugan realized that it is different than other universities. “At other universities I would never have had the opportunity [like I do at Tyndale] to meet with professors so frequently for help with my studies.”
Tyndale has changed Anchugan. “I am more confident now. I recently spoke to one of my high school teachers. He was totally astonished at how much I have matured since high school. Just the way I talk and present myself has changed – Tyndale was the reason for sure.”
Anchugan’s hope moving forward is to work in the financial services sector of the social work field. He plans to complete either the Canadian Securities Course (CSC) or the Life Licence Qualification Program (LLQP); the first deals with investments and the latter with life insurance.
In the same way the Tyndale community supported him to grow holistically, he wants to be able to assist his future clients holistically. “In the field of social work, the people coming for help often find themselves in difficult financial situations,” says Anchugan. “My goal is to be able to offer professional guidance in this area – which is something not many people in my field are able to provide.”