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William Nguyen: Academic Bridging Profile

Posted on September 26, 2017  |  Filed under:

How ABP gave him a second chance

By Elaine Smith

William Nguyen, 26, dropped out of high school to care for his mother when she was diagnosed with cancer, so he believed that university admission was beyond his grasp. Instead, he worked in a nightclub to support the two of them, becoming increasingly unhappy with the workplace environment.

Nguyen learned about Woodsworth College’s ABP from a family friend and he loved the prospect of going back to school and gaining a post-secondary education.

Although he was admitted, there were still some difficult issues in his life and he failed on his first try. Luckily, Cheryl Shook, the College’s registrar, and instructor in the program, recognized a bright student with potential. She suggested that Nguyen apply again and helped him find funding for a second chance.

“I didn’t want to let her down, so I killed it the second time,” Nguyen says. “I felt really good and motivated. My mom was in full remission, so it was a lot easier."

Success in the program led to university admission. Today, Nguyen is a Woodsworth College student entering his second year of full-time studies at U of T with a double major in political science and international relations, and a minor in book and media studies.

“I feel like I owe Cheryl [Shook] a lot,” he says. “The bridging program gave me everything. It gives a chance to people with ability who just got sidetracked in life.”

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