Enriched Support Program gives students the tools to succeed

Four years ago, Sadler Clersaint was told a university education probably wouldn’t be in his future. But, with hard work, dedication, and the help of Carleton’s Enriched Support Program (ESP), he will be graduating with a Bachelor of Arts this weekend. Give him a few more years, and he will also have a law degree.

Clersaint grew up in Ottawa and attended a French high school. He was determined to study psychology at Carleton, but his high school grades weren’t good enough. He was encouraged to apply to ESP, a learning strategy designed to give high school students whose grades don’t tell the whole story, a second chance.

ESP students take the same courses as other Carleton students, up to three each semester, but they attend workshops where they are given extra support and guidance in dealing with the university workload.

“Not everybody learns at the same speed and the staff in ESP accommodate your learning style,” said Clersaint.

Clersaint excelled in ESP and discovered a passion for law.

“ESP gave me the chance to look at several disciplines, and the facilitator for my law class really had an effect on me,” said Clersaint.

After his first year, Clersaint qualified to enter a Bachelor of Arts program as a full-time student. He took summer courses so he could graduate on time, mentored other ESP students, and was accepted into law school. He says he will use the organizational and study skills he learned at ESP for the rest of his academic career.

“ESP taught me that there are different ways of learning and that you have to be flexible,” he said.

From – http://www.now.carleton.ca/2004-06b/413.htm

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