(ง •̀_•́)ง Ming and Her Code

As a Student: Good GPA, but what else?

I went to St.Lawrence College for the Computer Programmer Analyst advanced diploma program in 2018. As an international student, surviving winter in Canada and surviving school became my goals in my first year.

School is going well after I figured out how the system works. Now I can focus on preparing for the work placement program in our last two semesters.

It didn’t take me long to realized that GPA is not the key selling point in community college. You might think it’s just people from all walks of life getting an education.

It is.

However, what people are actually doing is upgrading their career path in a short three years. They did all this on top of a full-time job or a family to take care of, maybe both! Their time management skills are impressive, not to mention the work experiences they have.

So, what else can I bring to the table besides GPA?

The plan

Trying to become a team lead at McDonald’s was not an option at that time. That’s when I started self-learning, as I mentioned in the previous post.

That part shows my willingness to learn and being a resourceful learner. My question now becomes: What other soft skill can I acquire?

Since my schedule doesn’t allow me to become a team lead at McDonald’s, I thought I would gain my mentorship and customer experience by becoming a tutor and a cashier.

The process

Timeline What I did
Before Getting good grades is the top priority as a student in my culture.
09/2018 Enrolled in Computer Programmer Analyst advanced diploma program at St.Lawrence College. Realized I am in a different system.
Started self-learning, as mentioned in the previous post, to become a better developer.
09/2019 Became a tutor (not allowed until you are in your second year).
02/2020 Worked as a cashier at Wholesale Club as soon as my schedule allows.
04/2020 Got an internship at Queen’s University, working full-stack on a E-learning platform

Skills I gained from my tutor experience👩‍🏫

Skills I gained from my cashier experience💰