- Posted March 18, 2014 by
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Hi my name is Nazwa Salim, an Engineering graduate student from McMaster University in Ontario, Canada, one if the most highly prestigious schools to be a topnotcher in university world ranking every year.
I have had different experiences as an international student when I first came abroad from back home in South-Eastern part of Asia, a small developing country called Bangladesh.
There are many adjustments that I had to accommodate in order to settle in well here in Canada. The biggest adjustment was with the huge differences in climate and temperature. Canada is mostly a very chilly country with extreme weather conditions during frost-biting winter times. Culturally and socially there are a gulf of differences among the traditions and customs that we hold upto in back home. Economic view-points are also massively different due to huge gap in monetary inflation.
However there are some aspects which attracted me more here. The education system being one of the prime factors of admiration.The standards maintained here are undoubtedly of world-class and you are obliged to keep pace with the latest upgrading of technology, research and innovation all at the same time. Sometimes it is quite challenging but not impossible. It is noteworthy to mention that there are Professors who are highly experienced, and they groom you up with very strong leadership and ethical skills an experience which otherwise would have been nearly quite impossible. The amount of research and experiments that I personally did here was incomparable to those that I did during my education back home. Quite naturally a first nation has bigger funds to promote better logistics support for the school to carry out these prestigious and enormous experimental procedures for education and training purposes for the students, which are sumtimes pretty expensive, but eventually we the students are the blessed ones, for being gifted with such blissful, golden opportunities!
The best thing that I learned being in here as an international student is that it forced me to jump out of the shell which was my comfort zone and pushed me to fly to take new challenges, unusually revealing many hidden potentials within me, which even I never knew of myself or explored!
I am now better equipped with self-reliance and confidence, and I take full thorough responsibility of what I do,and try to make my tasks grow into accomplishments!