Caroline Johnson: #StudyAbroadBecause of Your Future

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Caroline Johnson is a PhD student at Western University in the Clinical Medical program, She has her Master's degree in nursing, and is from Nigeria.

#StudyAbroadBecause of Your Future

What motivated your decision to pursue a degree abroad? How/why did you choose where to go?
After completing my master's degree in Nigeria, along with several experiences in medical field, I decided to establish my own family clinic in Nigeria. I chose to study in Canada because I was offered a scholarship by my hospital to improve our experience as a nurse; luckily for me, I got the scholarship, which is why I'm here today.  

What has your experience been like? Can you share some of your Favorite memories and challenges?
So far so good! my experience has been amazing. I have had the opportunity to meet new people from different cultures, and also learn new things. My greatest challenge was when I just arrived—it took couple of months before I could get my desired job.

What skills have you developed from your international educational experience?
The first skill I developed as an international student is time management. I make sure to schedule my daily activities. Also, better improvement in my communication skills.

What has surprised you the most about earning a degree?
The most surprising thing for me about earning a degree abroad is cultural shock, as well as  different transport systems and different climates. 

Any advice for students thinking about studying overseas? What are some highlights or things that you gained or changed your perspective?
My advice for students thinking about studying overseas is to be optimistic and always try to make new friends outside the box. A highlight of things I have gained is to follow the process. There is a process for everything, either job or studies, because it will make you get better.

How has international education impacted or influenced your cultural identity?
A little bit of change in my cultural identity such as food; I look forward to more changes as time goes on.
Is there anything else you do like to share with us?
As an international student, I know staying away from home is difficult. But always enjoy the moment, accept challenges, and be focused.


Zainab Adenekan Temitope is a student from Nigeria, studying at general art and science at Fanshawe College in (location). She hopes to become a business owner someday. She is passionate about being an entrepreneur and is always looking for new ways to learn and improve her skills. Find her on Instagram at @ temitope.adenekan.581