Adam Le Hoan left his hometown of Ho Chi Minh city, South Vietnam in 2015 and attended high school in Vancouver, British Columbia. After graduating and spending some time at a local college, Adam began researching hospitality programs across Canada.
“CBU was well known for its reputable Bachelor of Hospitality and Tourism Management (BHTM) program, as well as its affordability,” says Adam. Now enrolled in his third year of the BHTM program, Adam is thrilled with his decision to become a member of the CBU family.
Adjusting to life in Cape Breton after living in Vancouver took some time, but Adam enjoys the slow-paced and calming atmosphere on the island. “The residents of Cape Breton have a different attitude than those living in bigger cities,” says Adam, “they’re so welcoming of newcomers and will take the time out of their day to help anyone, regardless of their background.”
Adam says his experience at CBU has enabled him to become more confident in social situations and encouraged him to step out of his comfort zone. He has used this newfound confidence to become a Student Ambassador in hopes of helping others. “In my role, I have the power to contribute to the ongoing positive changes at CBU,” says Adam.
Adam’s best advice to incoming international students is to make friends with local folks. “It’s the best way to learn about a new culture, and your friends can teach you all about life in Cape Breton,” he says.
As an international student himself, Adam wants others who long for a Canadian education to feel welcome at CBU. “International students make up a fair portion of the student demographic here. When you arrive at the university you’ll be welcomed with open arms by students and faculty,” says Adam. “Not only will you learn practical skills and academic knowledge, but life experience that will benefit you for years to come.”
With graduation nearing in 2019, Adam is eager to become part of the hotel industry and continue developing his leadership skills in what he lovingly calls “this ever-changing and evolving country of maple leaves.”