It’s been just over two years since Mark Rzeszutek joined the Primary Reserves, the largest of the four components of the Canadian Forces reserves. A fourth year student studying comprehensive psychology and contemporary studies, Rzeszutek found potential with a career in the Canadian Forces because he was searching for a career that would have a positive effect on the world.

Rzeszutek explains he wanted to “find a career with some meaning,” citing that Canada has a history of being involved in humanitarian peace keeping and has a reputation for “doing good and being good.”

While considering pursuing a masters of arts and philosophy, Rzeszutek is hoping to complete at least one tour of duty overseas, whether it’s being involved with the United Nations or N.A.T.O.

As part of his role in the Primary Reserves, Rzeszutek is required to commit to one evening a week and one weekend a month. Although, he’ll typically find himself taking further time than that per month. He still finds that he has enough time to accomplish his academic goals as well as his responsibilities in the reserves, adding that the military’s academic reimbursement is a bonus.

With November upon us and Remembrance Day only a week away, Rzeszutek will be wearing his poppy in respect of those who made sacrifices during any conflict. Being a part of that military heritage, Rzeszutek feels it’s important to “remember the hard sacrifices, not only the soldiers, but the families of the soldiers.”