When I first moved to Canada, I faced the language barrier. I could speak English but not fluently. I knew if I ever needed to succeed in life and find a good job, I would need to master in English. Before I enrolled in college, I first enrolled in ESL classes to help me improve my English skills. I learned a lot of from the teachers, from writing a simple paragraph to writing an essay. I was also able to speak English with confidence.
After I finished ESL classes, I then applied to college. It took two weeks to get my first admission letter. I was a little bit surprised that I got accepted although I barely passed the English test. Soon, I began to attend the college. Although I had previous college education experience in my home country, I never felt the same way here in Canada. The college environment is different, and it gave me the sense of hope to succeed. I learned a lot of different skills and knowledge not only related to my program of study but also in general. At first, I thought it would be hard for me to make the transition to college. Fortunately, I was able to adapt to academic life in college in a matter of time.
I also had a great experience with the professors and friends that help me succeed in college. The hands-on experience that I have gained from college will assist me in securing a job in the future where the experience is the most sought-after in the job market. All knowledge and skills that I learned from college also helped me do the work with confidence. I have gone to work in a factory, a local non-profit organization where I utilize the best of my skills and knowledge assisting people in need, to freelancing while I was still in college. I am proud to say that the experiences and skills that I got from college have really played a significant role in my workplace.
In the next few years, I will be graduating from my science program at the college. My dream does not stop there. My next plan after I graduate is to continue my study to a master’s degree. My career options are to work with government agencies or university doing research. In the meantime, I’d like to try a different kind of part time jobs to help me pay for my college education.
My advice to future students is that learn as much as you can, not only relate to your study but also anything in general. In addition to that, utilize the free services that college offers. If you don’t understand the course materials, don’t hesitate to ask your professors for help or ask tutors at the college. If you need advice, don’t be afraid to ask for help from student advisors or counseling staff at the college. Last but not least is that you need to find good friends and join study groups, participate in an event, and make the most of your college experience.