Meaghan Laycock, Simon Fraser University, winner of the spring 2020 BC Study Abroad Scholarship
Study Abroad Destination: Lausanne, Switzerland
Meaghan Laycock is a third-year student at Simon Fraser University (SFU), majoring in French and doing an extended minor in Political Science. Her goal is to become a French immersion teacher as her passion is working with young children and helping to shape future generations. When studying at SFU, Meaghan works as a lifeguard, swimming instructor, and first aid instructor. Starting in September 2019, Meaghan spent 7 months studying in Switzerland at the University of Lausanne (UNIL). She took courses in French linguistics, as well as other topics related to language education and the sociology of language. While attending UNIL, Meaghan joined the university’s gospel choir and participated in many cultural events provided by the exchange student network. During the winter break, she travelled around eastern and northern Europe; visiting 11 countries over 5 weeks. Meaghan loved living in a francophone environment, learning new words, and adapting to the Swiss culture.