Daisy Chen is an ESLI graduate who is now studying to become a teacher in TWU's prestigious education program. She talked to us about living in Canada, making new friends, and working towards fulfilling her dreams. Read her words below.
Where are you from? I graduated from a Bible college in the North of China.
Why did you decide to study in Canada and at TWU? I decided to study in Canada because I like this country which has diverse cultures and beautiful views. The reason why I chose to stay at TWU was because one of my friends graduated from TWU, and he highly recommended this university to me. It is a Christian university and the teachers care for their students.
What are you studying now? I am studying Education at TWU. I am so excited because I will soon begin my first practicum.
Really? Tell me about that. I will go to Langley Fine Arts school with one classmate. We will be doing observations in the classrooms to see how the teacher manages the classroom, gives the lecture, and how the students engage and respond in the class. We will also have some opportunities to practice teaching in the classroom. I am not sure what exactly what we will be doing. I guess it depends on the real class environment.
I see you already have a name tag. Wow! Yes, I felt really excited when I got my name tag. It is something really special to me. It feels like I am closer to my dream job. I actually feel excited and nervous because I have never done this before.
What have you learned about Canada or Canadians so far? Canada is an open country that accepts different cultures and religions. Normally newcomers and foreigners will feel welcomed by this country. Most Canadians are very friendly.
What is one favorite place that you have been to since arriving in Canada and why is it special to you? My favorite place is Banff. I went to Banff in the winter, and everything was covered with snow. It was so amazing to see. I felt like I was in a wonderland. Lake Louis was so beautiful, too. It was all frozen and I walked upon the lake.
What is one piece of advice you would offer students thinking about coming and studying here at TWU? One piece of advice I would like to offer is do not just stay with your own national group. Try to connect with and be involved with people from other countries. Studying in Canada is a wonderful chance to learn the diversity of cultures and appreciate the differences between people. It is a very common phenomenon that students from the same country stay with their own people all the time. It feels like they are still in their “country”. It will be the biggest barrier for the students to learn English or gain valuable experiences. Just try to learn from other nations. It can be a life-changing experience.