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The Class of 2009: PALC Graduates
by Tazim



It was a heartwarming scene to watch twenty PALC graduates getting ready to walk out of Room 4 in their blue graduation gowns and hats. All these students, of various backgrounds and ages, had at least one thing in common: they had all successfully completed the courses required to obtain an Adult Graduation Diploma from the B.C. Ministry of Education.

All the graduates had overcome a multitude of challenges to reach this point in their lives. Adult students face the difficult task of having to balance work, family life and personal issues with the tough regime of attending school, doing homework and writing tests. By staying focussed and determined, these students all achieved their goal of graduating with the Adult Graduation Diploma.

 I tried to contact as many graduates as I could (please forgive me if you have been overlooked –please contact us if you wish to be profiled) to find out the answers to four questions.

This week we profile Rita Ma, Tarunaben Patel, Bob Umpherville, Daniel Shen and Mia Liu.

ritaRita Ma

What level did you start at when you came to PALC?

I started at Level 10 English when I first came to PALC. -

How did you feel when you were told you were close to graduating?

I couldn’t believe I did it when I was told that I was close to graduation. Two years ago, when I came to the PALC, and heard all the explanation about the courses from teachers, I felt that I would never finish. I appreciate that teachers helped me a lot to lead me to graduation.

What are your post-graduation plans?

I would like to try taking on a job first. When I decide what field I am really interested in, I would like to go to study again. I would also like to study more courses at PALC in my spare time.

What advice do you have for students who have not yet graduated?

My advice is that you should keep moving on every day, although sometimes your goals may not be clear. When you join the PALC, you have got a team, you are not alone.

Tarunaben Pateltaruna

What level did you start at when you came to PALC?

I started in Level 7 English on September 20th, 2006.

How did you feel when you were told you were close to graduating?

When I was told that I was close to graduation, I was very happy but nervous too.

What are your post-graduation plans?

My plans after graduation are that I would like to complete a college level diploma in commerce.

What advice do you have for students who have not yet graduated?

My advice to all my lovely friends is that they should never give up, no matter how long it takes and how long they have to study. Carry on until you graduate. So go on and successfully fulfill your dream.

bobBob Umpherville

What level did you start at when you came to PALC?

I started Pearson Adult Learning Centre at about grade eight. English level 5 and Math level 4 (the green book).

How did you feel when you were told you were close to graduating?

My feelings were mixed when I realized how close I was to graduating. The first was the joy of completing a goal I had set for myself, and the other was a feeling of pride that I had accomplished something I felt to be very important.

What are your post-graduation plans?

I do not have any post-graduation plans at this time. Maybe I will take a few more grade 12 courses, or I might take a course or two at Douglas College.

What advice do you have for students who have not yet graduated?

My advice for students who have not yet graduated is to set yourself realistic goals: take each semester at a time, and some days you might even need to break it down to a day at a time, but most importantly enjoy the process and do not give up.

 

Daniel Shendaniel

What level did you start at when you came to PALC?

I started at Level 9 English when I came to the PALC.

How did you feel when you were told you were close to graduating?

Thank God I was able to hang on long enough to get to my first destination!

What are your post-graduation plans?

I am looking for a job and trying to get a Professional Certificate.

What advice do you have for students who have not yet graduated?

Never give up!

Mia Liu

What level did you start at when you came to PALC?

I started at Level 8 English.

How did you feel when you were told you were close to graduating?

I felt like my hard work had paid off and I had accomplished my goal.

What are your post-graduation plans?

If I have a chance, I would like to go to college.

What advice do you have for students who have not yet graduated?

Set your goal and study hard. Don’t lose your hopes and dreams.

 

(July 5, 2009)


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