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International Students Credit Confederation College for New Lives in Canada
Many of the stories you hear from international student graduates are what you’d expect: challenges adjusting to a new culture, living so far away from home, and of course getting used to the cold. For many though, Canadian winters start as a curiosity.
“I chose to go to school in Canada over Australia because I wanted to see snow,” said Hamza Zakari, who came from Ghana to enrol in the Human Resources Management program. Predictably, the novelty of living in the land of ice and snow was short lived. “It didn’t take long before I had too much of it in my first year.”
But talk with these alumni long enough and another strong narrative is revealed; namely how Confederation College helped them succeed in their dreams of living and working in Canada.
Hamza secured a position at the North West LHIN before graduation. He worked there for seven months prior to being offered his current job in Red Lake, where he now works as Assistant Health Director for the Northern Chiefs Tribal Council.
If Thunder Bay was a culture shock, Red Lake was an earthquake. But less than a year into the job, Hamza said he’s loving the position - one that he likely wouldn’t have gotten without Confederation College.
“Choosing Confederation College was the best decision I made in my adult life,” he said.
Chahat Desai is another Confederation College success story. Originally from Mumbai, India, Chahat always dreamed of moving to Canada. It was a struggle at first, adjusting to life in a country so different and so far from her family.
“I was getting very lonely and I was homesick for a while,” Chahat said. Getting more involved in SUCCI activities helped, and eventually she ran the Mixed Culture Club. Reaching her goal certainly wasn’t easy, but now she is working in three different departments at the CBC in Toronto and hopes to soon become a news editor.
“I’ve met people from other broadcasting programs and they’re struggling, working jobs in other fields. But all my friends who took the Confederation College program are working in TV,” Chahat said. “Every new contact that I made and every manager that has hired me is because of Confederation College.”
Reeni Rajan also travelled from India. Despite the extreme differences from her own hometown of Pathanamthitta, she has readily embraced Thunder Bay as home.
“I love Thunder Bay,” Reeni said. “More than that, I love Lake Superior. It changes colours every season, so it’s so beautiful to see. We never get tired of her.”
Reeni is currently working at VON and Shelter House after graduating from Practical Nursing and, most recently, the Concurrent Disorders program. She hopes to eventually get into mental health nursing, a speciality she practised in India, and applied for a position at the Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre this past summer.
Confederation College helped her get her Canadian credentials and launch her new life. “I thought it would be easy to transfer my credentials from India, but it’s been two long years,” Reeni said. “Now, I’m happy!”
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Our Alumni Program is designed to make our graduates always feel connected and welcome at Confederation College, even after their student days are over. Events are one way. Events are in the works and you can read about them in future editions of this new quarterly newsletter.
Another way is by wearing an Alumni Pin. During the past year, we’ve been giving them to alumni at the President’s Breakfast, company coffee break events, and other alumni gatherings. The card attached says it all - we hope you wear this pin with pride and stay connected to Confederation College.
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