I came to Canada eight years ago from Venezuela to study English. I had always wanted to live abroad and I knew Canada to be a very welcoming place. Living here was something I wanted to experience, and once I came, I knew this was where I wanted to make my life. After a year spent learning English in Halifax, I applied to Seneca's Software Development degree program. It was here at Seneca, in my second semester, that I found my love of teaching.
"My Seneca education has allowed me to live up to the expectations I set for myself. Seneca will give you all the resources you need to succeed, but it’s up to you to go out and make it happen."
While at Seneca I had started working as a tutor for students with special needs. It was a role that I excelled at. I loved being able to explain something that someone didn't know and to see in their faces that they got it. It’s a tremendous feeling. I told myself that if I ever had the chance to teach one day, I would do it gladly. I had no idea that opportunity would happen so soon. Shortly after completing my studies, I was hired as a professor at Seneca on the recommendation of my teachers. I owe the opportunity to the work experiences I took advantage of while I was in school.
Today I teach programming and information technology courses, and I couldn’t be happier. I’m very proud of the education that I received from Seneca and the connections that I have made. I have come a long way, and worked hard for everything that I’ve achieved, both in Seneca and outside. I love that I am able to do what I am good at, and to do what makes me happy.
"To know that I have helped someone learn something they never knew before, to see their eyes light up when they get it – that is the most rewarding thing to me."