When I first moved to Canada, I face the language barrier. I can speak English but not fluently. I know if I need to succeed in life and find a good job, I need to master in learning 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, and it really helped me 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 though 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 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 to succeed in college. The hands-on experience that I have gained from college will definitely help me in the future career. All other knowledge and skills that I learned from college also helped me to do 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 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 work.

In the next few months, I will be graduating from my science program at the college. My dream does not stop here. My next plan after I graduate is to continue my study to a master 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 relate to not only your study but also anything in general and also utilize the free services that college offers. If you don’t understand the materials, don’t hesitate to ask the professors for help or ask the 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 find good friends and study groups, participate in an event and make the most of your college experience.