When Sylvester came to Ottawa from Ghana as a boarding student in grade 11, he had to learn quickly how to take care of himself while away from his parents and home.
After a year of living independently, he was looking for a pre-university camp when he found Future Global Leaders. Having already explored east coast universities, UBC and the west coast beckoned. Now entering his second year in the Bachelor of International Economics program at UBC, Sylvester credits his time in boarding school, and his experiences at Future Global Leaders, for helping prepare him for university and his decision to go to UBC.
This past summer, Sylvester returned to Future Global Leaders as a student monitor. He had had some experience helping his monitors out when he was a student. “They even gave me a staff tshirt,” he laughs. “I felt being a monitor would come naturally to me,” he adds. “I could relate to some of the things students were going through.” When asked what he learned as a monitor, Sylvester is quick to answer. “Improvise. Be willing to try anything. Be yourself.”
Best memory as a student live-in monitor for Future Global Leaders 2018:
“I got to know the other monitors, and it was just like we had known each other for the longest time. It was easy to become close and that’s one thing I didn’t know about myself.”