As I started in the ALP Program at NSCC it was a huge challenge for me. The problems of learning how to study, write tests, do assignments and keeping a schedule was a serious obstacle for me. With the help of NSCC having different workshops available to teach me how to handle these obstacles, I was able to settle in a bit easy.
The first assignment I passed in was very “nerve wracking”. Before the teacher graded it I left the class because of my fear of being marked on an assignment. It had been years since I had been graded on anything. When I returned to the classroom, to my surprise, I passed! In fact, I passed with a very high mark. A 95%. This was such a relief. Now my fears of being unable to complete and writing tests without going blank, would be overcome.
The faculty and staff at NSCC were more than accommodating. If a test was to be written, I would have access to a quiet room to study for and write the tests. There were no distractions. As for my fear of tests, that soon disappeared too.
It seemed every obstacle in my way was disappearing. The faculty would help me to get over these. Therefore, I have a team in my corner at school. There was nothing to stop me.
At home there are three children and my husband, who help and support me. We share responsibilities so long as I take weekends off for them. With all the love and support backing me towards my goal, I must move forward and give it my all for my dreams to come true.
Obstacles dropped behind me as I moved over them. It’s with the support and my own determination that a diploma will be put in my hand. On that day of accomplishing my dreams I will remember the faculty, staff, friends and family that supported me through it all.
When my secondary course comes around all these challenges will be faced again with a more positive attitude. For now I know what is expected from me and how they will be met. With my English teachers from ALP preparing me for the future year and my secondary course, Continuing Care, there should be no excuses for me falling behind.
The NSCC – ALP course is not only adult learning; it is an enormous support system that actually became my left hand. Again, another goal will be achieved as I walk across the stage again and receive another well-deserved diploma, giving me a certificate to enter into continuing care.
I will have a huge sense of accomplishment of having two of my dreams come true.