Amelia Pi, B.Sc. Candidate, Statistics
I learned English when I was in secondary school in China. Many people have studied English for years with little progress. In many Asian countries, English is taught as a school subject, not as a communication tool. However, I had English communication in mind. I created my own English environment by actively participating in English workshops organized by the local libraries and practicing with like-minded English learners.
In 2012, I came to Canada for my undergraduate education. I assimilated into Canadian society quickly and made Canadian friends who helped me out along the way. I love travelling. Using Google Maps, I have become familiar with most areas in Metro Vancouver and the interior of BC. I volunteered at a local museum and at many non-profit organizations.
At school, I have taken many commerce courses. The commerce program provides an excellent opportunity to write reports and do presentations. I love doing presentations, taking the stage to share my thoughts with my classmates. Writing takes practice. Recently, I have begun visiting the Student Learning Commons regularly. I get valuable feedback on my writing and helpful tips from the volunteers. I have been a private tutor for three years. Calculus, linear algebra and statistics are my main subjects of instruction. My goal is to help students understand math-related subjects better. In addition, I have become friends with my students through tutoring.
I enjoy listening to the Canadian English accent and appreciate the beauty of the language rhythm. I am still working on my French and Japanese. For many people, English is a barrier to knowing the world. I deeply feel that language is the key to a culture, which opens up the door to a brand new world.
Tips for Improving Your English
The key thing is to keep your mind open. Do lots of research from online resources. Municipal, provincial and federal government websites provide plenty of useful information in their newcomers’ guides. Give “Meetups” a try. You may join your interest groups and meet friends.