Program of Study: Natural Resources Conservation
Country of Exchange: Norway
Why did you choose that region of the world?
I Chose to go to the Norwegian University of Life Sciences (UMB) for three reasons. One, I was interested in studying in Scandinavia; two, it allowed me to take different courses that are not directly available through the UBC Natural Resources Conservation program, specifically, those courses that are focused more on development; and three, I love to travel and the school offers a field course in Tanzania.
What was the highlight of your exchange?
It is hard to pick a single highlight of my time abroad, however, if I have to narrow it down I would say it is a tie between all of the wonderful friends I made and people I met, and the research experience I gained while in Tanzania. In my opinion, traveling is one of the greatest learning experiences one can have; to be introduced to a different culture and lifestyle teaches you things a classroom can’t.
A more specific experience, I was staying in a village in Mgeta, Tanzania conducting research when some women invited me to a sort of coming of age ceremony. In this tiny home filled with women, through song and dance, they taught this girl what it means to be a woman – how to clean, cook, farm, mother and be intimate with a man. It was an unbelievable experience that I feel privileged to have been a part of and I will never forget.
After graduation my dream is to work for an international consulting company dealing with community based natural resource management, working all over the world. But first I expect have to get a Masters degree.