Congratulations to Kousha, accepted to the University of Toronto, Faculty of Music

Kousha, one of our Iranian students, has just accepted an offer from the faculty of music at the University of Toronto.

How does it feel?

It feels good!

What instrument do you play?

Piano.

Who are favourite composers?

Chopin, I love Chopin. Beethoven and Liszt as well.

And who would you say are your favourite pianists?

Vladimir Askenazy and Daniel Barenboim.

How often do you practice?

Almost everyday—usually about six hours.

What’s the atmosphere like over at the music faculty?

Full of energy, the people are just full of passion and all dreamers.

How was your experience at Braemar College?

I really enjoyed it!

What are you plans for the future?

I hope to get into the performance sections, and hopefully will be participating in world class competitions.

What advice would you have for other young aspiring musicians?

The one and only thing that matters is your passion. If you’ve found it, you’re lucky. If you haven’t, then go and find it!

Mausi, from Nigeria, now at York University, comes by for a visit

Mausi is shown here with Christy, our Liaison Officer

Where are you studying now?

York University, Criminology.

How would you describe your time at Braemar?

Braemar was definitely challenging, but the teachers helped me succeed, and I made lots of friends.

What do you think of studying in Canada?

It has been fun, adventurous. It’s been a lot of hard work, definitely, but you got to work hard to get where you want to be.

What are you plans for the future?

I want to get my B.A. degree and then go to law school. And I guess just make my parents proud.

What advice would you have for other International students about to come to Canada?

Being an international student is not easy. You have to work hard, make sure you do your best, and leave the rest “to the man upstairs”.

Who is your role model?

Actually I have two: my mom and Nelson Mandela. My mom worked her way to top, she is so nice, she never gives up on you. And Nelson Mandela also did a lot for people and never gave up.

According to our students: Saba from Iran

Saba and her friend Ayda are both Braemar College students from Iran

What were your first impressions when you arrived in Toronto?

My first impressions of North America concerned the subway line. I never thought that Canada’s largest city would only have two subway lines!!!!

What has been the best thing about studying at Braemar?

In my view, one of the most important points in education is the teacher! Braemar has many young teachers. Students tend to be more active and have lots of energy if the teachers are young. It can be more comfortable because they can understand the student’s age. They can communicate better and I think Braemar has young and active teachers and that makes it more interesting!

How does studying in Canada differ from Iran?

The most striking difference between these two countries is the diversity of the people in Canada. There are many people who come from various countries, and students can make international friendships. In addition, students will become familiar with different cultures and backgrounds.