Program of Study: Wood Products Processing
Country of Exchange: China
Why did you choose that region of the world?
Participating in an international learning experience and working overseas through an international Co-op placement has allowed me to travel while completing my degree. The group study program in China offered through UBC’s Go Global program was a great way to experience the country while earning credits towards my degree. I felt that I would learn more about China (who is one of Canada’s largest trading partners for forest products and a country that is facing several environmental issues) by visiting the country instead of solely attending lectures here at UBC.
What was the highlight of your exchange?
The group study program was a great learning experience. I feel that the program enhanced my degree. I was able to study forestry and conservation from a very different perspective and was able to visit many manufacturing facilities. Apart from the academic portion of the trip, I gained a greater awareness of the Chinese culture and made many new friends along the way. After being immersed in the Chinese way of life, I have a greater appreciation for our standard of living in Canada.
I am working towards a career in the sustainable building industry. With my background in wood manufacturing, I would like to work with wood as a primary building material. Upon graduation, I may pursue a Master of Building Science, as there will be an increasing demand for improving the energy-efficiency of our buildings. I will continue to travel to new countries and look forward to returning to Asia!