Hi, my name is Judith and I am currently in my last year at Brock majoring in Biological Sciences.
I hail from the beautiful tropical island of St. Maarten, where I grew up. On my island there are 37 golden sandy beaches, it's sunny all year round and it is a very
diverse mini island. Literally, all of the beaches on my island have their own unique and rich style. I sometimes refer to it as a "mini Toronto, minus the snow."
Besides being so far away from my family, I knew that adjusting to the winter season would become another challenge of mine. The winter can be very nice when all the trees are covered in snow and you are able to make snow angels for the very first time. Canada has definitely been a wakeup call for me and helped me to realize how blessed I am with everything that I have. It has helped me to become a stronger person, more independent and has taken me out of my comfort zone, which led me to try out new things.
The Biological Sciences Department here at Brock has state of the art equipment where you gain the vital skills needed to move further into your studies. Even though Brock is a huge campus, your professors and even the Teacher's Assistants make it their duty to know you by name. I not only choose Canada because of Brock, but also because they are so diverse and it has always been a dream of mine to move to Canada for my tertiary education. Unfortunately, at the
end of my studies I will be moving back home because that’s where my family is.
Even though I love my program, it was not all about school for me. I love helping and giving back to people, especially the children. That is why I volunteered at the Big Brother and Big Sister of St. Catharines and became a mentor to a young student at a primary school. I had absolutely no idea what one hour every week could do to a child's life.
Time Management, Writing Multiple Choice Exams, Exam preparation were among some of the workshops that Brock offers free of charge, which I attended and was a great help through-out my years at Brock and I was able to achieve my Certificate for Success. I also attended a Bronze Leadership program that not only increased my self-esteem, but I was able to apply that with my mentee and the many people I encountered on a daily basis. Brock University really does take care of their students. They were not kidding when their motto said "Both Sides of the Brain."
My tip for international students coming to Canada is to be prepared for a winter wonderland. Now my tips for any international student coming to Brock: come with an open mind, get to know the people in the International Department because they are a great source of information, be prepared to make friends and just work hard. Good luck and have fun!