Belonging to a textile business family, I have been brought up under the umbrella of marketing and management. Since our business was restricted to our place, I had been mulling over the prospects of expanding it to a greater extent. I was a high school pass out back then and I had no idea how to go about it. That's when I decided to pursue a business course abroad to gain enough exposure in a short span of time. Business Administration Diploma in Management, a two-year course offered by Portage College came as my first option when I had surfed through the sea of the internet. I was persuasive hence, I managed to convince my family on my endeavor. Also, the application process of the college wasn't as tough. I filled up the International Student Application for Admission form that came with an application fee of $160. I had an average score of 80% from high school and that was enough for me to get through the admissions.
In addition to college instructional hours, I find myself spending time in Student Learning Services where I take assistance to improve my memory, essay writing, enhance my mathematical mind and inculcate time management skills. Most of my fellow mates are also involved in career planning sessions and Students Associations.
I am from Bangladesh and hence, I applied as an International Applicant. The admission process conformed to certain mandatory requirements and I was expected to submit my proof of English Language Proficiency. To fulfill this requirement, I took up TOEFL (Internet-based Test) in which I secured 88. My test score surpassed those minimum cut-off scores and I was through.
Since I am a first-year student, I do not have much idea on the job placement offered by the institute. However, one of my senior roommates has bagged a Business Instructor role and another a bank job.
I paid about $2,000 for tuition fees per semester. This aside, I had to manage with the Student Association fee, Comprehensive Fee, Technology fee, Book and Supplies Fee, and other expenses incurred from accommodation and food. Also, to deal with my expenses, I have applied for Scholarships and Bursaries this year through a common application form. There were no preset criteria as such to apply.
My class size is very small with a total of 14 students. This said, the kind of attention and focus each of us benefit from this advantage is out of the world as our professors are equally friendly and approachable. Their expertise in their respective area of study is evident in the lectures they provide and I must say that I am blessed enough to have them as my tutors.
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