Nicole Jimenez

Research Project

The Post-Secondary Immigrant Student Experience


My name is Nicole Jimenez and I am a fourth-year Professional Communications student,  with a dedication to creating effective communication and storytelling skills in order to bring discussion on ideas and topics that are typically put to the side in mainstream communication. As a second-generation immigrant, I have learned how to navigate the unique experience of bringing two identities and cultures together while creating my own path within my education and future endeavours.

The path of adulthood is a topic that is spoken upon, yet is typically under-researched which haas driven my commitment to bringing more light on the unique struggles and pressures that many young adults experience while they navigate creating their own paths.

Throughout my academic journey, I have gained skill in various aspects of communication, including writing, public speaking, and digital media. These skills have allowed me to amplify the voices of many others that have different or similar experiences to mine.

Research Summary

Our capstone project investigates the distinct challenges faced by children of immigrants in Canadian post-secondary institutions, juxtaposed with Canadian-born peers. Focusing on familial pressures, career aspirations, and mental health, we uncover the amplified pressures immigrant children encounter due to higher familial expectations and cultural dualities. Through comparative analysis, we aim to highlight these unique experiences, advocating for educational policies and practices that promote inclusivity and support. Our research aspires to foster understanding and facilitate a supportive environment, ensuring equitable opportunities for all students, and contributing to a more inclusive Canadian educational landscape.

Research Poster

Lightning Talk

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