Julie Han, Simon Fraser University
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By Julie Han, Simon Fraser University, winner of the 2018 (Spring) Stories from Abroad Scholarship, member of the BC Study Abroad Writer in Residence Team

Study Abroad Destination: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Growing up in Canada, excellence has always been defined by an exhausting list of accomplishments: straight As, piano recitals, swim team, chess club, debate society, leadership camps, voluntourism in Rwanda, a nuclear family, regular Instagram posts, best friends, an enviable promposal, trendy clothes, clear skin, and anything else you could imagine. Although my life has never lived up to that still incomplete portrait of excellence, ever since high school it seemed as though that portrait was the only option. So, in trying to match this image...

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Michelle Davies
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By: Michelle Davies, Thompson Rivers University, winner of the BC Study Abroad: Stories from Abroad Scholarship

Study Abroad Destination: Switzerland

Traveling abroad to study is both exciting and terrifying. It is a whirlwind of emotions. From my two experiences studying abroad, and working with numerous outbound students at my university, most imagine their time away through rose coloured glasses. Few prepare for the reality that struggles and mental health challenges may very well present themselves on our "trip of a lifetime."

I remember during my time abroad in Switzerland, sitting on a bus heading for school looking out at the beautiful snow dusted alps asking to myself: “I am exactly where I want to be, I worked so hard to get here, so...

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Reede Lowery
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Reede Lowery, Northern Lights College, winner of the BC Study Abroad: Stories from Abroad Scholarship

My name is Reede Lowery and I am from a small town in Northern British Columbia. Currently, I am living in Japan as a foreign exchange student. I am studying the Japanese language and culture at a small university in Osaka. I chose to study in Japan for two reasons. First, I love classic Japanese literature. I am very passionate about reading and have developed a strong fascination with the unique style of Japanese literature. My favourite piece of Japanese literature is The Tale of Genji which is often referred to as the world's first legitimate novel. I hope that by improving my Japanese language skills I can greater appreciate...

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We are pleased to announce the winners of the fall 2018 Stories from Abroad: British Columbia Study Abroad Scholarship! 

Read about our winners individually by clicking on their names below. 

All of our winners will be posting their stories from abroad, so be sure to check out our student blog section regularly to read about their adventures! 

Congratulations to:  

  1. Aaron Siebenga, Simon Fraser University
  2. Reede Lowery, Northern Li...
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