Tell me a little bit about yourself (name, where you’re from, what brought you to the U.S.)
My name's Sreynet Long, and I'm from Cambodia. I moved to U.S to be with my husband and to pursue a better life.
Why did you choose EvCC?
I chose Evcc because it's closer to my home
What are you studying?
I will start the Nursing Program at Evcc in fall, 2017.
How did you get started with English Language Acquisition (ELA, ESL) classes?
My English proficiency was very poor when I first moved to the U.S., so I made a decision to enroll in ESL classes.
What made the ESL classes effective for you?
I think that EvCC has many great ESL instructors who understand the struggles that many ESL students face. In addition, EvCC has great programs like BRIDGES Center to help students overcome (those struggles).
What have been the biggest challenges you’ve faced as a student at EvCC?
As a non-native speaker, critical thinking and writing are my biggest challenges.
How has the BRIDGES center helped overcome these challenges? Who has helped you?
Chayuda Overby (The Director of BRIDGES Center) always encourages me to come to her if I need help. She introduced me to Chan Beattie (Director, Volunteer Literacy Program) who helped me find amazing tutors to work with me one-on-one.
What kind of support did you get through the TRiO Student Support program?
Lisa Marone (Education & Employment Navigator) told me about TRiO program, where I met with an outstanding woman. Her name's Linda Summer (Faculty Advisor TRiO Student Support Services). Linda introduced me to Jack Shultz (Tutor-Mentor Coordinator), who creates PAX study groups for pre-nursing students.
Tell me about the study group you formed for the PAX exam
Our PAX (Nursing Pre-Admission Examination) study group consist of three to four people, one who was our math tutor. We studied diligently from 8am-1:30pm, Monday through Friday. From Monday through Thursday we worked on science, physics and verbal sections at the Tutoring Center so that we could get the help we needed. On Friday we studied math or reviewed other sections as needed in the BRIDGES Center. In addition, I also studied at home after work by watching science or physics You Tube videos.
Why do you want to become a nurse?
I love helping people, and it's important that I come to a job that I love doing daily. That’s why I chose to be a CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant). While working as a CNA, I've learned that nurses are able assist patients with medications and are working closely with doctors to provide optimal care for patients.
What do you plan to do after you graduate? (Job, transfer, etc.)
After graduating from the nursing program, I'd like to pursue my BSN (bachelor's degree in nursing) or possible MSN (master’s degree in nursing).
How has ESL, BRIDGES and TRiO helped you succeed as a student at EvCC?
With the ESL and the academic and emotional support from the BRIDGES and TRiO programs, I was able to propel myself into the nursing program. They have helped me find a career path, and they believe in me.
Describe the best experience you had at EvCC?
One of the best experiences at EvCC was when I received an acceptance letter from the nursing committee. This is the biggest milestone in my life and my family.
What advice do you have for new students, particularly those coming from other countries?
My advice to other students, especially ESL students, is to NOT GIVE UP