Life as an “international student” at Brookfield High School


 Both in Grade 11, Stephanie from China and Long from Vietnam, are international students enjoying the classes and their friends at Brookfield 

Even though the two international students featured in this article may have been studying in Ottawa for very different lengths of time and have come from different countries, they both share a common appreciation for the friendly and positive learning environment they are experiencing at Brookfield High School.

Stephanie’s story

Having arrived from Shanghai only three months ago, Stephanie is a newcomer to Brookfield. One of Stephanie’s prime motivations for studying in Canada is to improve her English skills. A different language was one of the biggest challenges for her at first, but Stephanie has overcome her shyness and feels much more self-confident as “I feel I am out-going now.” She enjoys the choices she has selecting her courses and feels she is becoming more independent and mature. She finds her teachers very approachable and appreciates the thoughtfulness and care of her Homestay family. Her advice to new international students is to “depend on yourself and be yourself.”

Long’s story

A student at Brookfield for three years now, Long feels very happy studying in Ottawa. He is focused on his studies as a way towards achieving future success. With some determination, he overcame his initial shyness and has made many Canadian friends. He feels he adapted well to Brookfield because of the support and friendly help of the teachers and his fellow students. Of his host family, he says: “I consider my Homestay family the best Homestay family.” His advice to new international students is to get involved in school activities, such as sports or clubs.


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