International students share stories of home

Cory Hurley
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CORNER BROOK  Sanja Schuelke has had such a great time in Corner Brook thus far that she wants to ensure other international students share a similar experience.

Sanja Schuelke, a graduate student from Germany, speaks at “Stories of Home” Friday at Memorial University, Grenfell Campus.

The German international masters graduate student spearheaded “Stories of Home,” Friday at Memorial University, Grenfell Campus. The interchange between students from the university and Corner Brook Regional High was an informal session in conjunction with the Canadian International Development Agency’s International Development Week.

Enrolled in the environmental policy degree program since September, Schuelke said the experience has been all that she imagined and more.

Coming from Britten, Germany, she said wanted to combine her undergraduate backgrounds in political and social sciences with environmental science for her masters degree. After researching various related fields online, she found the environmental policy program at Grenfell to be a fit for her. She also said travelling to Canada was an aspiration of hers.

“My experience here has been really great,” she said. “I really like it here.

“It somehow reminds me at times of Ireland, so it’s kind of familiar. The people have been so nice, and kind, and welcoming.”

She has also met many international students, some of whom are also doing the environmental policy program. She said the diversity in the classroom adds to the learning experience.

“The students I am studying with are coming from diverse backgrounds,” she said. “Each have their own experiences and have been travelling all over the world. They bring that into their degree, into class discussions. It has been really interesting to get contributions from all of those different backgrounds and experiences.”

Schuelke said Friday’s event was an opportunity to bring together the post-secondary and high school international students, so that everybody has a chance to really get to know one another. She hopes it can make the transition easier for some as well.

“We all kind of share the same experience of coming from our home countries to another country,” she said. “Some of them have just arrived, so they are probably a bit lost. Sharing stories about home, and what home means to us, it is going to be a really great talk.”

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Organizations: Canadian International Development Agency

Geographic location: Britten, Germany, Canada Ireland

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  • Citizen
    February 10, 2013 - 21:05

    Wow, David, your negativity and sour disposition are quite impressive! Keep up the good work!

    • david
      February 11, 2013 - 16:33

      The first step to change and improvement is recognition and acceptance of the truth. Or you can keep blowing that intoxicating smoke up your skirt...whatever.

  • Citizen
    February 09, 2013 - 12:16

    I think people can figure that out for themselves. Canada is a huge country and surely anyone with a brain can deduce that it varies culturally, socially, and politically from coast to coast. Also, I re-read the article and could not find any inferences that these international students are assuming that Corner Brook is "Canada". What are you suggesting, sir? That Corner Brook isn't worth spending time in because it differs from other parts of the country? I assume you live somewhere other than Corner Brook then? Keep up the great work, Mr. Emke. I appreciate your global perspective.

    • david
      February 10, 2013 - 17:10

      I simply cannot perceive Corner Brook as representing any kind of appropriate backdrop to experience Canadian values, or as an environment that offers any synergy towards international studies. I simply reject the idea as outright ridiculous. Grenfell College is an institution whose staff has been (quite cruelly and irresponsibly) set off on a bogus political quest, looking for a grand "reason for being"......that almost all of these ideas and dreams are simply senseless and doomed to failure, at great public expense. Mr. Emke's "global perspective" is the precise problem.

  • david
    February 09, 2013 - 10:03

    Is this what Ivan Emke envisions for his Grenfell College, centre for international study? While it is perfectly valid that Ms. Schuelke has indeed "come to Canada", I would hardly endorse any claim that she has now experienced a valid or accurate introduction to the social, economic or political attitudes and values that "Canada" holds. If anything, this place has such intensely different societal norms and values from mainland Canada (some positive, some very negative) that it would be more confusing and deceiving in that regard than educational.