As graduation rolls around, one student reflects on his time at BCIT
The only stress BCIT student Daniel Khatkar has to worry about these days is his May 1 graduation application deadline.
It’s been a long four years in the Bachelor of Technology program, and Khatkar is looking forward to graduation. As his semester winds down, he finds he has a lot more time on his hands and isn’t sure what to do with it.
“I’m just bored now. At BCIT, I was constantly on the go, and didn’t have any time for any extracurricular activities,” Khatkar explained. “Now that it’s coming to an end, I feel like I have nothing to do.”
While completing his practicum at Wurldtech Security Technologies, Khatkar was fortunate to be offered a six-month contract and has his education at BCIT to thank for preparing him.
“Everything you hear about BCIT is true. The work environment is so intense. When I started my practicum, it was completely different,” he said. “The work environment was so calm and relaxed — I wasn’t use to it all.”
Although he finds that work environment in industry is a little slower than BCIT, he’s thankful that BCIT helped strengthen his work ethic, especially compared to his other school experiences.
“I started off going to Kwantlen, but it wasn’t a really good learning environment for me,” he recalled. “I think BCIT really helped me develop a strong work ethic, which is important in this industry.”
[pullquote]”I’ve been a computer geek my whole life and it’s just exciting to start getting paid to do what I love.”[/pullquote]
Since starting at BCIT, Khatkar has developed both strong work habits and equally strong friendships. One of the things Khatkar is going to miss the most at BCIT are the friends he’s made in the last four years.
The one thing Khatkar says he won’t miss is the student life, which is probably because he never really got a chance to get involved with it.
“I basically just came to school, did what I had to do, and left,” Khatkar lamented. “Everyone is just so busy, the course load is too much and too intense to have time to get involved with on campus activities.”
As Khatkar nears the end of his degree, he says that he still has the same excitement and passion as he did when he first began.
“I’m really excited to start my career. I’ve been a computer geek my whole life and it’s just exciting to start getting paid to do what I love,” he said. “BCIT met all my expectations.”
With convocation approaching in June, Khatkar looks forward to all the new changes the future has to offer, and leaves future BCIT students with one bit of advice:
“Just be ready to really work hard at BCIT, and don’t get turned off by the course load,” he says. “It either gets easier as you go on, or you just get used to it, either way, it’s really not that bad.”