Monday, December 9, 2013

Douglas College helps psychology student transition to university

                             David Denofreo Photo
The jump from high school to university can be a big one. Not every student is ready for larger class sizes or a sprawling campus.

For Fathima Bahar, heading straight to university after Grade 12 didn’t seem like the right move. Instead, she came to Douglas College.

“I decided I didn't want to go to university straight away because the transition was too much,” she says. “I guess other people can handle it, but it wasn’t right for me.”

Fathima says studying at Douglas College gave her skills and confidence that help her as a student at Simon Fraser University, where she now majors in psychology.

In particular, she says she picked up valuable presentation and public speaking experience while at the College.

“In high school, I was really scared of doing presentations and talking in front of a large group of people,” she says.

“At Douglas, I had to present research topics and give presentations for my classes. It helped me find what I was comfortable with and what I was good at.”

Fathima also credits her Douglas instructors for giving her individual attention and for providing useful feedback on assignments.

“I'm glad I went to Douglas before I went to SFU. I feel like the College prepared me for university.”

Once she completes her psychology degree, Fathima hopes to enter SFU’s teacher training program.