Student Spotlight - Simerjit Kaur

Tell me a little bit about yourself
My name is Simerjit Kaur. I am from India. I was a teacher in India for six years. I thank God he gave me a wonderful and supporting family. They never asked me to do anything. They always encouraged and supported me and still now. My dad was in the Indian Air Force and my mom is housewife. After my marriage, I came to the USA. I have two adorable daughters and they are my strength.

Why did you choose EvCC?
I am domestic violence victim. I want to pursue my career and be independent because I want to start my new life. EvCC is close to my house and it is a beautiful campus. All the variety of programs, the resources that are available to students myself. For example in EvCC has very good Nursing and Health Science programs.

What have been the biggest challenges you’ve faced as a student at EvCC?
I struggled with my English speaking skills. When you understand everything, but you cannot explain your thoughts and ideas; it is discouraging and embarrassing when you cannot express yourself well. BRIDGES helps me a lot to improve my English in speaking, writing and reading. BRIDGES has a key resources has been supporting me in my journey.

How has the BRIDGES center helped overcome these challenges?
When I was taking ELA (English Language Acquisition) classes that time, I met The Director of BRIDGES, Chayuda Overby. I told her my problems. She helped and guided me on a path to reach my goal. I stepped out of my comfort zone, started to talk with others, and was ready to learn new things. BRIDGES always supports me academically, emotionally and financially. BRIDGES provides me variety of resources, such as the career navigation path. Education & Employment Navigator Lisa Marone helped me to write my resume. BRIDGES provide tutors who help me my work every quarter. BRIDGES is my family. When I have any problem, I come here and they help me to solve my problems.

Who has helped you succeed at the BRIDGES center?
I would like to thank everyone who teaches and guides me. Especially BRIDGES, Chayuda Overby, Chan Beattie, Lisa Marone, Azrael Howell, my teachers and my cousin Dolly. 

What are you studying now?
I finished my ESL and I have been studying to become a Medical Assistant.

How has what you learned at the BRIDGES center helped you in your current studies?
BRIDGES provides free workshops every quarter, and anyone can join this. BRIDGES helped me speaking, pronouncing, and still helping me. Bridges has great tutors and resources.

What do you plan to do after you graduate?
My next plan will be to find a job, start new chapter of my life, and continue my journey.

Describe the best experience you had at EvCC
My best experience was when I had done my clinical. I love to help others. I am coaching students in PROPELS, which stands for Peers Reaching Out to Promote Education and Learning. In addition, I have started to work with BRIDGES as a volunteer. I love it. All the wonderful experiences I've received, I now am able to give back to BRIDGES working as a volunteer.

What advice do you have for new students, particularly those coming from other countries?
Be confident and believe in yourself. Be active and engaged with other activities. Follow your dreams and never give up. Take advantage of all the resources that are available on campus. Stay close and go far.