I moved from Korea to Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada in 2003 with my husband and two children. It was a challenging and extremely difficult time for us because of all the changes that we experienced. I started an engineering program in the fall of 2004, when I was forty years old. The decision to do an engineering course was a surprise since it was contrary to my interest. However, I persevered because I like learning new things and engineering gave me the chance to do so. The first year of the study was the most difficult of all. I was in a foreign country, and I had not yet known many things about it. Coupled with this was the fact that I had to take care of my family, and we had to get used to the culture and society. As a parent, I was concerned about my two boys, and I wanted to give them the best that I could. I wanted them to have a proper education, develop strong friendships and enjoy different activities.
The biggest culture shock I received was in school, and my time in school was the most difficult. I did not know anything about the school system. Even though the information was there, I had not realized it because I did not know where to look. I was not aware of the methods used to evaluate the students, and other things such as deferral exams, voluntary withdrawal, plagiarism, and appeals among others. I did not have any information concerning the exam dates, and, therefore, failed to prepare for the exams. In class, some of the lecturers were non-native speakers, and I did not understand what they were saying. This affected my grades significantly. I did not know how the library system worked, and I did not get the books I wanted on time. One of the biggest shocks I received was when I got a D in computer science due to plagiarism in the winter term of the first year. I did not know much about it, but I believed that I was not guilty of it. I believed that I had done my work well and that I had gotten all the materials from the knowledge I had. I did not know what to do about the score, or who to talk to about it. The fail in computer science discouraged me so much.
The second year in school was not easy as I had relationship problems with my husband and other students. My husband and I were technically separated, and I moved out with my two sons. I ended up losing focus on my studies because of all the problems I was experiencing. I lost my motivation for learning because of all the things that I was going through. I took a break from school after my second year. I needed to find a job to support my sons, and I got a full time job. However, I could not see my future in that job, and I quit and went back to school. I was not yet used to the other students in school, and I found their behavior wanting. They used to gossip a lot, insult each other verbally, and use some inappropriate gestures. I even found the instructor’s behavior during classes lacking because he would sometimes behave like the students. I felt alienated because I could not develop any real and meaningful friendships. This was hard for me to bear, and I even tried quitting school because of it. However, I could not bring myself to quit because I cared for my children’s future.
My social life was not good either. I remember one incident where a radio presenter and a couple of other people tried to deceive me. They accused me of doing something wrong, and they did not have any evidence. Fortunately, I figured out in time that they were trying to mislead me, and I did not fall into their trap. I started feeling sleepy all the time, and I could not stay awake for long, even during the exam time. I had developed a system of cramming everything some days to the exam, but I was not able to do this because I was always sleepy. Looking back, I suspect that I had been drugged even though I did not realize it at the time.
My financial problems became worse. I was having a hard time juggling schoolwork, a job and family. I could not support my family well, and this affected my school performance. I got an F in one of the courses because I did not understand it. Most of my grades had been lower than I expected. I did not appeal, to have the grades revised, and I wanted to finish the course quickly. At this time, I had lacked motivation, and I was not concerned about the grade I would get. I continued facing challenges in school, and at one time, I received a fake email from an instructor. After graduation, I tried hard to get a job, but it was difficult.
I had a lot of free time after I graduated, and I began reading some medical books and articles on the web. I was fascinated by the human body and how it functions. I read about how the body responds to different situations and how the mental and physical capacities affect each other. Acquiring this knowledge was important to me, because I believe that I had already experienced most of the things that I was reading about. I finally decided to study a medical program. I went back to school so that I could prepare all the things I needed for the program. I took prerequisite courses to help me in the preparation. Although I worked hard to pass the courses, but I was not familiar with the multiple-choice format, and I did not perform well. Interestingly, the instructor suggested that I appeal when I asked to see my exam paper. The school suggests that one should view the paper before the appeal process. I did not get the complete information concerning the appeal, and I missed the appeal date.
I have faced many challenges during my time in school. Some of the situations I experienced were bad enough to cause a nervous breakdown. Fortunately, this did not happen because I realized that I had to be strong for my own sake and for the sake of my children. I have now stayed in Canada for a while, and I have known many things. I have learnt about the culture gradually, I now understand many people, and why they behave and act as they do. I have developed an internal defense system to protect myself. The more challenges I face the stronger I become. Despite the lack of success in my prerequisite courses, I still believe that I can study my medical program. After learning different things about medicine, and examining my life, I believe that I have the capability and ability needed to study medicine.
I have been through many challenges in life, and upon reflection; I have realized that I had a hard time because I did not know who to ask for help. The physical problems that I experienced and the uncertainty of living in a foreign country affected my mental capacity and this contributed to my poor academic performance. I have been able to sort out my personal problems and my family situation is better. I am proud of the fact that I have been able to get through all the terrible and negative situations, which I have encountered. I am confident that I will get the chance to study the medical program.
Studying medicine is one of the most important things that a person can do. This is because a person does not study for his own benefit, but he studies so that he can help other people who are having health problems. Doctors go through rigorous training before they graduate. They have do study a lot so that they can have a better understanding of the human body and mind. Advances in research, science, and technology related to medicine have contributed to a better understanding of the human body and mind. Doctors now have the assistance of machines and there are many medicines, which are safe and more effective to use. In addition, the development of technology has ensured that doctors are in a position to help people who are far away. A person does not have to be present physically for the doctors to examine him or her. E-medicine, although relatively new, has already helped many people. I have gone through so many problems in my life, especially since I decided to come to Canada.
The problems I have affected my mind and I have had to endure psychological problems. I had to endure the problems because I did not know who to consult. This made me realize that there could be many people facing the same problems that I am. They experience many challenges because of the culture problems that they face or because of any other thing, and this affects their mental capacities. They end up failing simple courses, which they would have passed, had they had a better chance. They do not know who to turn to and some cannot even consider asking for help because they figure that it would be expensive to do so. This has made me resolve to study medicine. Getting the chance to study medicine will place me in a position where I could be of help to other people. Medicine enables people to understand the behavior and actions of others. It gives people the chance to study different personalities and relate their behavior and actions to their personalities. Having such an understanding helps doctors to understand the different types of people they meet. Given a chance, I believe that I can study medicine and that I can be successful at it.
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