Life as a student

why post-secondary education is important to students

What is it really like to be a student in college or university? How can a post-secondary education help the bright minds of today, succeed tomorrow?

We spoke with Muhammad Malik, one of CST’s summer students, who is in the Accounting program at Centennial College. He tells us about the realities of student life and why he believes a having a post-secondary education is important.




Why is post-secondary education important to you?

I am studying Accounting and being a student and receiving an education gives me a sense of empowerment. Education is a tool that allows me to gain theoretical and practical knowledge. It has provided me with the social, communication skills to enhance my professional and personal goals. I feel that hard work and dedication to my studies will help me become a successful person  and make my parents proud. Also, I will be able to serve the community with the resources and services that they need.

What is the reality of student life?

At times, being a student can be tough because it can be difficult to balance a social, professional and personal life. At times, it can be overwhelming with assignments, tests, working, spiritual and family events.  

As a result, I have learned to work on my organizational skills to make sure I complete everything on time. The stress that comes with being a student varies; for instance, during exam time my stress level is very high compared to the beginning of the semester.

What is your advice to students who want to improve their grades?

Last semester, I took 7 courses and achieved an 85% average because I became motivated myself to do better. I realized that in order to succeed, I needed to give it my all.

I did this by making the little changes in my academics, I attended classes, took detailed notes, completed assignments well in advanced and established professional relationships with professors and peers, and studied wholeheartedly.

Is it important save for future education?

Registered Education Savings Plans (RESP) are very helpful and affordable if parents begin saving at an early age. RESPs are eligible for government grants and those savings can go a long way to help with the rising cost of education. The payments can be used towards paying tuition or buying books or supplies for school. When children realize their parents having been investing over time and greatly value education, it is more motivation to pursue higher education.

How is having a post-secondary education helping you succeed?

There have been times in my life where I questioned my purpose and what I want to make of my life. Being a student and pursuing higher education, has paved a pathfor me to go on the journey of discovering an answer.

 When I began to focus more in school, I became driven and my life started falling in place. I began to take care of my mental and physical health by working out, building closer relationships with my parents and siblings, and dedicated my time to my studies while also working full time. I began to challenge myself more and more every day. Each time I conquered one challenge I moved on to the next coming out stronger. My journey as a student has been a powerful experience every step of the way as it has played a strong role in shaping me into the man I have become today.