Learning is a Journey

Learning is a Journey

In university, learning is no longer just academic. It goes beyond the words on the blackboard and having good grades, though good grades will always be important. Making spaghetti Bolognese, organizing your life and work, and networking with people are what we really get to learn from university life. There are so many lessons CIS Alumni gain each day at university:

"University is a different game" - Tu Trung Nguyen, CIS Alumni, University of Waterloo, Canada

“University is nothing like high school. It is far more demanding, especially for an engineering undergraduate and I learned a few things, sometimes the hard way. First of all, I learned that the method I used to do things back in high school simply does not work in university. Walking into the program with a 98 average in grade 12 Calculus, I did not expect to do poorly on my Calculus midterm. Unfortunately, I did, and it was a hard pill to swallow. I fared much better in my final exam, but the lesson was learned, or perhaps slapped onto my face: University is a different game, where you actually have to sit down with your notes and study in order to do well. In addition, I also learned how to manage my time. There is literally no one who will push you to do your homework or your laundry. It’s not an easy task, but it’s certainly something I am sure many of you will find enjoyable.”

 "Organization is the key to surviving as a university student" - Thao Trinh, CIS Alumni, University of Toronto, Canada

“I learned that organization is the key to surviving as a university student. Organization ranges from small details such as tidying your room to organizing your work and assignment schedule. At first, I was overwhelmed with the workload and the chores at home and that put me under a lot of stress. Afterward I learned to make myself a timetable and organize myself. This is one of the most important skills anyone could learn while growing up and it's essential on the road to success".

"Socializing itself is a profound concept yet simple to practice" - Nguyen Trinh, CIS Alumni, University of Toronto, Canada

“It has been a few years since I officially began to adapt to Canada's diverse culture. Like any others, I have had my ups and downs regarding studies, socializing and organizing my life but so far everything seems to be in the right place. Out of everything that I have found most engaging, the most fundamental is the ability to socialize and to meet new people. Socializing itself is a profound concept yet simple to practice. For those out there who are shy and hiding in your closet, I was in your shoes once and I'm telling you to step out because it is actually not that bad to engage in conversations with people. They are nicer than you think.”

"Failure is really just a first-attempting- learning" - Ivy Nguyen, CIS Alumni, University of Ottawa, Canada

“Failing is not a scary thing, or terrible at all. Failure is really just a first-attemptin- learning. I learned that mistakes and false starts are just a learning pathway. They become the motivation, the drive that accelerates you forward. University is demanding and challenging but rewarding. You’ll have to face obstacles, deal with situations that are new to you, and maybe receive low grades on midterms or finals. Yet success is all about your attitude toward failure. When we’re too afraid to fail, we’re actually so focused on not failing that we can’t aim for success anymore. I learned to embrace failure as a necessary step to unprecedented success!”