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.
© Cory Hurley
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.”