Jean Francois Koly OnivoguiCountry of Origin: Guinea
What is your general impression of the GPC ESL Program and its faculty? The ESL program has stimulated my intellectual curiosity by offering stimulating classes taught by engaging professors. The ESL Program also allows a small teacher-to-student ratio, which has been instrumental in enhancing student learning. In addition to being student-friendly, professors generally practice an ‘open door’ policy allowing much discussion between students and professors, which is conducive to achieving academic excellence. The GPC ESL program is the indispensable tool for academic success in every field.
How well did the GPC ESL Program prepare you for other academic courses? The ESL Program helped me in writing clear and concise argumentative essays in political science.
What scholarships or awards have you won?
1) The Social Science Colloquium highest score award March 27, 2007 in recognition of outstanding Scholarship in the Social Science. The Science Social Science colloquium is a college- wide competition among the Social Science Disciplines that selects twelve papers to be presented at the colloquium.
2) Honors Program Scholarship Eddie Buttler. April 27, 2007. Presented annually to the Clarkston Campus Honors Program student who best reflects his academic excellence, broad interest in books and ideas and abiding support of the Clarkston Campus Honors Program.
3) Outstanding Student in Political Science April 4, 2007. Certificate given for the outstanding achievement in American Government (Honors).
Afework NuneCountry of Origin: Ethiopia
What is your general impression of the GPC ESL Program and its faculty? For the most part it was a positive experience. I got A’s on my essays in high school, but when I came here, it was very different. I realized I needed more work on them. I wrote more here and got more help with my writing. I appreciated the one-on-one attention from the faculty. In the ESL program, we got more than academic lessons; we got lessons about how to live in this country, about life in America, and about how to get along and learn the culture here.
What high school did you graduate from? Open College
When did you start at Georgia Perimeter College? In Spring 2007, I started in the low-intermediate level of ESL classes (ENSL 70). I finished my ESL classes in Fall 2008.
Why did you choose Georgia Perimeter College? It has a convenient location, low tuition cost, and small classes.
How well did the GPC ESL Program prepare you for other academic courses? It’s given me a chance to bridge the gap between me and other students in terms of grammar, essay writing, and academic experience. For instance, ENGL 1101 was much easier for me because of what I learned in ESL. All three levels of the program (70, 80,and 90) helped with ENGL 1101, the reading, and especially with the grammar and the essays. ENSL 0090 and ENSL 0091 helped me the most.
What scholarships or awards have you won? I am a 2009 National Science Foundation – Scholarship for Science, Engineering, Technology & Mathematics (MESA/NSF S-STEM) scholar.
What is your plan for the future? I have submitted my transfer application to Southern Polytechnic University and will begin in January of 2010. I am planning to earn a B.S. in Systems Engineering and hope to then study Aerospace Engineering.