Student Spotlight: Say Salut to Nishant

Hello, bonjour!  My name is Nishant Bhardwaj, and I am from India. I grew up in a modern yet traditional family, and my parents put a big emphasis on education which laid out the foundation for who I am today. I pursued schooling in various cities throughout India during my childhood. Ever since I can remember, I’ve had a lifelong passion for cars. I can still vividly remember when I was 10 years-old, and took my dad’s new car out for a drive and crashed it into a fence. My dad knew that my love for cars was something I didn’t have control over so, to my luck, he decided to teach me how to drive at a very young age.

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My biggest accomplishments in life so far have been moving to the US as a student, living independently with a full-time job, and successfully moving to Canada as a new Permanent Resident. When I was in the US, I completed my MS Engineering in Mechanical Engineering from Missouri Science and Technological University Rolla, MO. However, I changed my career field into software after doing my certifications in programming. I currently work as a software engineer, but when I worked at my consulting job in IT, I typically spent most of the day coding for different clients’ software programs. Most of the work I did was on the computer with limited human interaction except for a few odd meetings here and there. I’ve never really thought too much about my dream job, but I think it would be some sort of combination of my computer skills and cars. I am planning to work for a software firm near Toronto once I return from my vacation so I might pursue similar opportunities in Canada if I find something interesting. 

My immediate goals in life are to settle down with a stable job in Canada somewhere close to a bigger city, like Toronto, Montreal or Ottawa. Eventually, I would like to meet someone special and start a family in Canada. In the long term, I would like to live a happy and simple life where I can work less and take time off for myself if I want. The main reason I decided to take language classes at CLC was to enable me to fast track my progress in French. I appreciate CLC because they make the language learning process fun and easy for beginners. Being able to speak and have face-to-face interactions with other students and knowledgeable teachers helped speed up my understanding of basic French and allowed me to get over my fear of learning a new language. I will need to know French when applying for government jobs in Ottawa, so I’d like to overcome this shyness. On another note, I thought taking French classes could help me in speaking to women in French and increase my chances of meeting someone special or simply connecting with people in Quebec.

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Looking at my life now, it’s hard to believe how I ended up here. I came to Montreal just two weeks before I signed up for classes at CLC. The reason why I moved to Montreal was to experience the diverse culture and the different things that this big city has to offer. I heard a lot about Montreal being a cool, cultural hub, so I thought it would be best to stay a while and experience Montreal like a real local. The main reason for which I signed up for classes at CLC is that I was having trouble reading street signs in French. Within a few days, I realized that I was in need of French classes and contacted CLC shortly after. The biggest challenges I’ve experienced since moving here are the language and the extremely cold weather. These difficulties waned a few days into my trip as I got used to the cold weather and I found my way around the city using Google translate. If I was to choose one thing that I liked most about Montreal, it would be the diversity of culture, especially with the French and European influence on the city which I’ve never seen in the US. I’m also addicted to the chocolates here after visiting so many chocolate shops so that’s one thing I really love in this city.

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