An international graduate student perspective

An international graduate student perspective

October 14, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


It took me less than a week to fall in love
with Kingston. When I first came I thought I’m going to feel like a stranger. But people around here are so friendly and
nice that I didn’t get a chance to think that way. Living here with my family has been a joy. It’s a safe place to be in and there’s lots
of activities to do. At the international centre or “QUIC,” we recognize that students are people and have many dimensions to their personality. So people need to have
some kinds of support for their academic studies,
but they also need support for their social life, for
their family members and so on. I would say that when a person chooses a university in a bigger town, for
example, they will be “attending” that university. But
people “live” at Queen’s. So, I think they would find that the environment in which Queen’s sits and its
setting is one that really supports their growth as
a person. Well we have over 120 graduate programs that are offered through more than 50 departments and research centres, and that’s through six faculties. So, there’s considerable opportunity for research in the social sciences, humanities, engineering, applied sciences, health sciences, the entire spectrum. We have the good fortune of having many internationally-renowned researchers here
at Queen’s, and it’s certainly beneficial for
our graduate students because they get to mentored by some of the world’s best-known investigators. I would say my supervisor is very patient
with me. And although sometimes I get stuck at some place in my studies, she just encourages me to explore and she gives me inspiration. She’s always encouraging me to approach people outside my academic circle, so that I can establish relationships with those people to know more about Canada and more about the culture. We have some very hands-on support that can really start from before a student ever arrives at Queen’s, right through until after they
graduate and have gone onto other opportunities. One of my areas of focus is immigration regulations. And so, helping students understand their
rights and responsibilities as they relate to Canadian immigration law is a very important part of ensuring that they are able to focus their
energy on the learning experience. Before I came to Canada I didn’t know what to expect. The avenue it’s given me to connect with people from all over the world. I’ve met people from Iran, from Lebanon, from Bangladesh, from Europe, from Australia, from all over the world. So, I think whatever
place you come from in the world, if you come to Kingston you will see your culture represented somewhere.