As I am writing this, sitting at Tim Hortons in the middle of the night, holding an Iced Capp in my left hand and a moderate acoustic melody moves through my headphones. With this air, it appears as an opportunity to dig into a reflection of this semester of mine at Durham College which will end as soon as I finish this. On 5th December last year, I flew to Canada with lots of dreams, aspirations and determination in my heart. I started my studies here at Durham College on 7th January 2019. As the semester started, I had set my mind that I was destined to achieve a lot and I think that I did amazing throughout the semester. Just like a roller coaster, life is full of ups and downs. I had to face numerous challenges as the semester passed by but the biggest challenge that I had to face was giving a presentation for my Communications course (COMM 3201) in front of the entire class. I used to be a confident public speaker back home, but all my confidence shattered here because English is not my first language and a fear of being judged is what tears me apart. I was nervous while giving the presentation and I think that I did good (not as perfect as it could have been) and that’s what my marks depict as well. Another challenge that I had to face was to aim for a perfect 75% in the same course (because of a 25% penalty for late submission)and our group had only a few hours to take that risk and complete it. However, we welcomed the challenge and did extremely well. We got 75% and all of us had a feeling of accomplishment.
Apart from all these challenges, I experienced some biggest successes as well. First, I became confident working on hardware components of a computer. I was reluctant to work on physical parts of a computer but working on all the labs in Computer Systems course, I recognized that I was interested in hardware rather than software. This is the reason that I switched from Computer Programmer diploma to Computer Systems Technician diploma. Apart from success in studies, I grew as a person and I became confident enough to live on my own, miles away from my parents. Despite all this, nothing can prepare you for the feeling you’ll get when you move far away from the ones you love. There’s not a day when you don’t wish they were there, a moment where you don’t miss their hugs and laughter. You start to remember the little things you never paid attention to before and miss the things you can’t do with them anymore. You smile more, you cry more and you understand what it means to cherish those memories.
About my improvements, I think that I have improved a lot as a person, and I have discovered that I have a potential to live on my own (which I thought that it was next to impossible when I was back home). Moreover, I have started working and thus, I am able to manage my own expenses along with managing the assignments and exams.
This was a brief overview of my first semester at Durham College and I look for even better experiences in the upcoming future.
There exist several keywords which didn’t verify or rely upon definitions; professionalism is one of them. It has distinct meanings in different fields such as business, medicine, school, sports and so on. However, as per Merriam Webster dictionary, it refers to the conduct, aims, or qualities that characterize or mark a profession or a professional person. A professional person can be the one working at a junior level or as a leader himself. They tend to become experts in their respective fields, which determines their determination. A professional person is valued in the workplace and thus, it is imperative to demonstrate this skill in every field. This skill not only benefits the employers or the company but the person as well. A professional person earns respect for the quality of their work, which also sets an example for others. There are certain aspects to determine whether a person is professional or not. Professionals are punctual and are committed to their work and get it done in the allotted time span. They welcome challenges and work beyond expectations. Further, they possess ethical and moral behaviour everywhere they go, be it a workplace, excursion sites or their home itself. They are always organized and structured and instantly recognize what is being demanded. They face every tough situation with enough grace and elegance. These people are well dressed as per the dress code of the workplace. Most importantly, professionals hold themselves responsible for all their actions. If such a person loses, he/she congratulates the opponent and accepts the shortcomings instead of providing lame excuses. On the other hand, when they win, they won’t stop working as there are even better people than them. They give their 100% in each and every task instead of cheating. Thus, professionalism is something more of a learned process, which goes on and on.
Today, in this present era, there are different ways of conveying messages and expressing feelings. These can be expressed by actions, verbally or by text. Expressing thing using words can have multiple meaning and expression at the same time. Similarly, teamwork is one of those words which can have a different meaning in a different situation and its definition may vary from person to person. Teamwork can be different when we talk of sports, can be different for business ideals, can be different for school and college students etc. However, all these definitions circle around on one basic definition, a group of people working together as one team to achieve shared success. The result of the collaboration is shared amongst all, may it be a failure or big success. Teamwork needs common efforts rather than individual selfish goals. It requires determination and focus of all team members. A team can be as small as consisting of two people or can be a bigger with more than ten people in it. Lack of combined efforts will always result in failure and can be one of the worst nightmares for certain people for whom success matters a lot.
A team always requires a team leader, the one who can manage a team. A team leader is one who is a good listener, one who can take ideas from every member and can make the best output from it. Today, competition is increasing day at a fast pace. Competition between individuals is what makes people work harder and harder. This sense of competition may arise conflicts between team members as every person thinks of their own success first. This is the most difficult thing in a team. A good team is where the members think of the team’s success more than their individual goals. The biggest examples of teamwork can be seen in sports. For example, cricket, which is a sport of 11 people in one team. Each player has his/her own importance. The team cannot win if the batsmen doesn’t score nor can the team win if the bowler cannot take wickets. Similarly, in group projects like in schools and colleges, if nobody works together and manages the task properly, they cannot perform well.
Being an international student, it was very difficult for me to cope up with other students since English was not my first language. Gradually, my speaking and listening skills improved, and finally, I’m able to work as an active participant in group activities. I performed a lot of labs and assignments in groups in different subjects and learnt a lot of things from others. One should learn to work in a group in order to achieve success. It is great a saying that to win games you need talent, but teamwork and intelligence are what you need in order to win championships(Croft, 2016).