Student Success Stories

Student Success Stories

Columbia College - Vancouver, British Columbia

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500-555 Seymour Street Vancouver, British Columbia V6B 6J9 Canada   Ph:   1-604-683-8360  Fax:   1-604-682-7191

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Student Details:

Name: Afzal Khalid
Country of Origin: Malaysia
Field of Study: University transfer for Computer Science

 Student Story:

Afzal Khalid took his A levels at the HELP Institute before enrolling in the first-year university transfer program at Columbia College in 2004/2005. He transferred from Columbia College into second year at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and graduated from UBC with a BSc in Computer Science in 2008.

I was never sure what I wanted to do after A-Levels. The thought of studying in Canada never crossed my mind until, sometime in 2003, I decided to check out an education expo at the Canadian Education Centre in Kuala Lumpur. By the end of the year, I had made preparations to further my tertiary studies in Vancouver, British Columbia. I chose Columbia College because it met my expectations of how I wanted my first year of school in a new environment to be: small size classes, more one-on-one time during lecturer's office hours, and a not too overwhelming overseas experience in my first year of university studies.

Looking back at my first year, I have never regretted going through the University Transfer Program at Columbia College. As I was going overseas for my undergraduate studies, the thought of taking a class with more than 200 students in a whole new environment was pretty intimidating. So I decided to discover things slowly by attending Columbia College where first year courses were smaller in size and I received full attention from any professor that was teaching the course. One year four months later, I transferred over to continue second year at UBC, where by then I was more settled down in the North American culture and ready to take on the hustle and bustle of university life.

The computer science programs at Columbia College and UBC were outstanding. The toughest problem I faced during university was deadlines. Handing in assignments on time and preparing for midterms and final exams was always hectic. How to deal with this problem? Always manage your time. Make sure you hit the books well in advance. And most importantly, consult your professors and TAs when you're faced with a course related problem, they're there to help you. And once you're done with all this, don't forget to party!!! I got involved in two social clubs-UBC Singapore Raffles Club and the UBC Seri Malaysia Club-and in Alpha Delta Phi, a fraternity at UBC.

We're jumping into a world where science and technology come together. A degree in Computer Science provides a good foundation to many career paths in fields of information technology, engineering, business, management and human resource.