Bonjour! My name is Yasmina and I am a third year Child Health student at Brock University. I come from Côte d'Ivoire, a beautiful coastal West African country and I did my studies in Ghana which is on the south of Côte d'Ivoire.
Studying in Canada is an opportunity for me to have easier access to resources and also be able to get a different educational level than my peers. In turn, I can help children back home and in other developing countries.
I chose Canada because I wanted to be in a bilingual country as French is my first language. The diversity in Canada and the different seasons also influenced my decision to live and study in Canada. While applying to universities, Brock stood out to me because it is situated in a small city (St. Catharines) which is not far from Toronto, Niagara Falls and Buffalo. Also, it was the only university that offered a program with a proportional mixture of courses related to children and health.
I like the small class sizes at Brock, and the warm relationship between students and professors.
As much as I love Canada and Brock, I miss my family a lot and this is the challenging part about schooling in Canada. I have never been away from home for this long but thanks to the improvement in technologies and the internet, I get to talk to my family and see them even though it’s not quite the same. Although being away from family is hard, I became more independent. I think that this is a characteristic everyone should be able to develop as they grow.
Brock doesn’t only offer good programs and education, but also on-campus clubs and organizations are available to students. I am part of a few clubs at Brock namely, Brock Niagara Rotaract, Brock UNICEF, Roots ACS; African Caribbean Society, International Students Association, Brock French Club, Free The Children, Muslim Students Association, and Big Brother Big Sister; In-School Mentor. Each of these clubs have helped me get involved in the Brock and Niagara community, sharpen my interpersonal and communication skills, and broaden my knowledge on different cultures. I have also been able to bring out my creativity and ideas towards helping people mainly children.
If you chose Brock, just know that there are a lot of helpful resources on campus that help students with academics as well as integrating into the Brock community.