To learn English for life is a real challenge. I have been using English almost every day since 2009. At that time my English was not so good. In 2010 I came to Canada for one year to learn and understand the language. At that time I took two classes at Ryerson: Writing Accurately and Clearly and Academic and Professional Skills Intensive. Then I moved back to my country with a better understanding of English.
Two years after, in 2012 I came back to Canada; however, this time was to live here. Consequently, I had to prepare a plan to succeed professionally. My first idea was to go to graduate school, in Molecular Biology, since I have a bachelor’s degree in Biology. One of the most challenging requirements for graduate school for me was to have a high level of proficiency in English. So the first step I took was to study English.
Since my first experience studying here was so positive, I chose to return to Ryerson, not only for the modern facilities and easy access to the campus: the main reason was the professional and human quality of the instructors. I spoke with a counselor and explained my plan. The counselor recommended two classes: Writing Speaking Test Prep and Advanced Grammar. Those classes (and of course dedicating 100% of my time to my studies) helped me to achieve the required language proficiency score.
Now, I am a graduate student in the program I wanted at Ryerson University. Thanks English for Academic Purposes at Ryerson.
I entered the Spanish courses at Ryerson expecting easy marks in my liberal arts credits. However, what I met was totally unexpected. The incredibly knowledgeable and passionate faculty prepared me not only for my course content but also helped me to achieve the goals in my program and planned career. Since then, I have realized that the discipline, hard work and passion for teaching I found in my Spanish professors gave me a solid foundation to be the best professional I can be in the future"
Paula Vanegas, BScN 2013
The Advanced Spanish courses I took at Ryerson allowed me to gain a broader understanding of Latin American culture, something I truly value, especially in a multicultural city such as Toronto.
I studies Chinese at Ryerson in 2012, and in Winter 2014, I will be going on an exchange program with Nanjing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics, where I am planning on taking two courses in Chinese.
My Chinese Professor at Ryerson was just awesome. He possessed deep knowledge in Chinese history and geography, which was totally amazing. I enjoyed his class very much.
I studied Chinese at Ryerson and I will now be attending Polytechnic University for one semester. I will continue to practice my Mandarin in my day to day life. I probably will be visiting parts of China as well when I have some free time. I am SUPER excited as this is a great opportunity for me!