What were you doing before attending Sprott Shaw College?

I was taking care of my family and our household.

Why did you choose Sprott Shaw College?

Government funded program in partnership with Sprott Shaw College.

How was the admissions process?

The admissions process was actually the least stressful part. It was good. Simple, friendly, kind, supportive and easy.

What program did you choose and why?

Education Assistant. My background in South Korea was as a teacher but with English as my second language, I thought Education Assistant was more suitable. And there is a large demand for EA’s.

What was the environment like during your time at Sprott Shaw College?

The Sprott Shaw staff members were excellent and very supportive. My teacher was amazing. And my fellow students became like family to me. My first contact with Sprott Shaw was a telephone conversation with Lana and Sara and they were so encouraging and supportive because I was very nervous about my English. Nimfa was really great too.

Where was your practicum or co-op and how was it?

I was cancelled in the 6th week of my first practicum and felt like I had been thrown under the bus. But my second of 4 weeks was amazing. The teacher, the other staff members, the EA’s and even the students received me with such grace and love that I will never forget that time.

How long did it take you to find a job after graduation?

I have not taken a job just yet but I have received an offer to work as a substitute from my second practicum school. I need time to recover and think. I am older now so I don’t spring back the way I used to.

If you could give advice to someone coming to Sprott Shaw, what would you say?

The going will get tough and you will feel discouraged and overwhelmed but don’t stop, no matter how much you feel like quitting and giving up. As Lana would say, “Keep your eye on the prize”.

Is there anything else you would like to share?

I want to give high praise to Jas, my teacher. She kept me on track, and with all her responsibilities, watched over me like a mother hen. Also, the knowledge I gained from the course curriculum was invaluable, and I grew as a person. I am even grateful for the fact that I was cancelled during my first practicum. I learned a lot from this failure. Now I know, I might bend, but I don’t break!

Sung Bok Cheong,
Education Assistant
East Vancouver Campus

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