At Anderson College, we are constantly amazed by the courage of our students, faculty, and staff. In December 2021 we ran a “My Courageous Moment” story-gathering campaign to celebrate our students, their strength, the moments that have defined their lives and the people who have motivated them to overcome and succeed.
In sharing our stories, we realize we are not alone and are often inspired to recognize, or to find, our own extraordinary courage. We hope the following story moves you, as it has our Anderson family.
I feel it is so hard for me to write the story of my courageous moment, as the journey through it was so difficult and challenging for me. My name is Hiba Kasou and I’m an Anderson College Business Management student.
“I landed in the country dreaming of a new start and better life for myself and my little ones.”
In October 2019, I chose to come to Canada to find a new home! As a Syrian refugee and a mother of two kids who were four months and one year and a half of age at that time, I landed in the country dreaming of a new start and better life for myself and my little ones.
It was so hard for me to start my journey of settlement and it was really difficult to face the culture shock in Canada. Leaving my country and starting from scratch in a new place that I didn’t know anything about was certainly the courageous action I took in my life. Even when it was really difficult, I did it for myself and my loved ones.
“Now I’m a business management student at Anderson College studying to get my Canadian certification and working hard to gain Canadian experience too.”
I’m so happy to be here in Canada to start my new journey after 30 years in different countries. It really changed my life for the better after being a Syrian refugee facing the sad war happening in my country. Now after two years here in Canada, I look back and I’m so proud of myself as a single mom, who moved to a new country by herself.
Now I’m a business management student at Anderson College studying to get my Canadian certification and working hard to gain Canadian experience too. I’m so glad for all the courage I had to take this big step, despite all the challenges I faced and still face, since bad people will always exist. I don’t regret anything I did and I’m grateful for the courage I had to secure a better life for me and my beloved family.
I hope my story can inspire others who think that making a hard decision in life won’t be worth it. Because even when it’s really difficult, you will do it for yourself and for your loved ones. It will always change your life for the better. Just start and you can do it.
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