Charlotte Telfer-Wan, Simon Fraser University
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Charlotte Telfer-Wan, Simon Fraser University, winner of the BC Study Abroad: Stories from Abroad Scholarship

Charlotte Telfer-Wan is a university student and dance artist from the small town of Qualicum Beach, British Columbia. She is currently studying Contemporary Dance and Sport Science at the University of Auckland in New Zealand on an academic exchange from Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC. Before attending university Charlotte has spent 14 years of her childhood dancing ballet, jazz, and modern. Her passion for dance encouraged her to continue studying and performing. She has also recently developed an interest for studying the physical demands of the active body and its interaction with dance, injury and nutrition. In the future, Charlotte intends to pursue...

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Megan Graham, Thompson Rivers University
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Megan Graham, Thompson Rivers University, winner of the BC Study Abroad: Stories from Abroad Scholarship

Megan is a 3rd-year Natural Resource Science student at Thompson Rivers University. Her strong desire to experience Japanese culture, history and cuisine, has led her down the path to studying abroad. Incorporating her love for food and Canada’s natural resources has steered her in the direction of working towards a career in agriculture. Alongside eating incredible foods, photography is a passion of hers that she plans to incorporate into her semester abroad, future studies and career. Sharing incredible moments with friends, family and the rest of the world through photography and videography keeps her connected and always looking for uncharted places to explore.

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Liam Grigg, University of Victoria
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Liam Grigg, University of Victoria, winner of the BC Study Abroad: Stories from Abroad Scholarship

Liam Grigg is currently a fourth-year Business Student at Peter B. Gustavson School of Business. After graduation, he hopes to pursue a career in international business with a focus on sustainable development and poverty reduction. Liam is passionate about environmental preservation and exploring innovative methods to combating global problems. To gain international experience during his degree, he spent seven months volunteering in the Southern Province of Zambia, where he helped teach rural communities business skills. This provided him many opportunities to learn about different cultures and develop his understanding of our global community. In Liam’s second to last semest...

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Cheyenne Rode, Vancouver Island University
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Cheyenne Rode, Vancouver Island University, winner of the BC Study Abroad: Stories from Abroad Scholarship

This is Cheyenne Rode and she is studying abroad in Melbourne, Australia. This is her second exchange as she went to Utrecht, Netherlands a year and a half ago. You could say she got the travel bug. She travelled to ten countries when she went to the Netherlands and hopes to travel just as much on her exchange to Australia. She is a business student in the third year of her degree doing a double major in Marketing and International Business. One day she hopes her career can take her around the world like her studies have done so far. 

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

Michelle Davies is a 4th year Bachelor of Tourism Management student at Thompson Rivers University. Born and raised in the interior of British Columbia, she has always had a sense of adventure exploring the forests, mountains, and lakes around her home. Today, her love for travel, learning and meeting new people has taken her around British Columbia, Europe, and Central America, usually with her mountain bike or split-board in tow. While learning languages has never been her strong suit, she believes they unlock the door to culture and understanding. She is looking forward to embracing this challenge head-on by spending the summer learning German in Germany before gr...

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Carol Chen, British Columbia Institute of Technology
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Carol Chen, British Columbia Institute of Technology, winner of the BC Study Abroad: Stories from Abroad Scholarship

Carol Chen is currently a first-year marketing management student at British Columbia Institute of Technology. When Carol was in high school, she enrolled in a class for marketing and immediately fell in love with the idea of rebranding a service or product to make it more unique. Today, she continues to be the person coming up with creative ideas whether it is for school projects, for the marketing association, and even at her job as a social media coordinator. This is the reason why Carol wants to be part of this trip to Austria and Italy, so she can see how the experts in Europe do their branding. She is extremely thankful for BC Study Abroad for providin...

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Drew Moffatt, BC Institute of Technology
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Drew Moffatt, British Columbia Institute of Technology, winner of the BC Study Abroad: Stories from Abroad Scholarship

Currently on exchange in Barcelona, Spain, Drew is in the midst of completing her degree. With a passion for travel, Drew wanted to see the world, but also knew she needed to complete her education. When she found out that the British Columbia Institute of Technology offered an exchange program with partner schools around the globe she knew this was something she had to do. Her first major trip was when she was 16, where she got to spend 6 weeks in Greece. Drew fell in love with the culture and the people. Ever since then she became a firm believer in that one can learn so much more outside the classroom. Drew is so grateful to be on exchange in Spain and...

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Rachel Amba, Langara College
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Rachel Abma, Langara College, winner of the BC Study Abroad: Stories from Abroad Scholarship

Growing up in Abbotsford, Rachel always knew that she wanted to pursue her studies in Vancouver. Rachel loves the sciences and the arts, focusing on business but always working on artistic projects such as interior design and furniture restoration. Unsure of which of her passions she wished to make her career, Rachel began taking classes at Langara College while working and exploring life in the city. At Langara she happily discovered her love for marketing, writing, and the humanities. In May she will be taking part in a European Field Study to Italy and London, honing her writing and photography skills through her travel blog while exploring the human and physical geography of th...

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Trisha Bhamra, Camosun College
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Trisha Bhamra, Camosun College, winner of the BC Study Abroad: Stories from Abroad Scholarship

This is Trisha Bhamra, a second-year Dental Hygiene student at Camosun College. She was born and raised in Punjab, India and moved to Kelowna, BC with her family about 13 years ago. She loves exploring and immersing herself in different cultures. She believes it makes her spiritually more well-rounded. When asked about the idea of a fulfilling life, the first thing that comes to Trisha’s mind is travelling. During her time on this planet, she would like to have experienced as many different cultures as possible. Trisha admires and respects the cultural differences and similarities. With the help of the BCSA scholarship, she will have the opportunity this summer to attend a field...

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Julie Han, Simon Fraser University
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Julie Han, Simon Fraser University, winner of the BC Study Abroad: Stories from Abroad Scholarship

Born and raised in Vancouver, Julie began her journey at Simon Fraser University as a recipient of the Gordon M. Shrum Shad Valley Scholarship. Unsure of her path, Julie found inspiration in her surroundings – Vancouver, a truly international city. Majoring in international studies and minoring in history, she continues to cultivate her passions for Vancouver and its beautiful and complex cultural mosaic, hoping to pursue graduate studies on immigration, community development, and nationalism. Her fascination with Vancouver extends to her hobbies, which include fencing, running, hiking, canoeing, and café hopping around Vancouver. This spring and summer, Julie will be studyin...

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