The exchange program most definitely played a big role in my decision to move to Scotland. I went on exchange in 2013 for a semester and the experience certainly played an impact on where I saw my future headed. The exchange experience built my self-confidence and independence, exposed me to many different cultures and surroundings, and of course gave me the opportunity to travel and meet new people locally and from around the world. I spent just over 5 months in Glasgow, Scotland at the University of Strathclyde and during this time, I travelled all over Scotland and some neighbouring countries as well. Sure, at the beginning it can get a bit overwhelming, but it very quickly fades as you go out and meet people and begin experiencing what Scotland has to offer. To name a few of my own experiences: Haggis on Robert Burns Day, cycling around the Isle of Cumbrae, hiking in Argyle Forest, breathtaking views on the Isle of Skye.
As you can imagine, I very quickly came to love the country and it’s people – some of the friendliest people I have ever met. And upon returning to Canada, I realized how much I missed this beautiful country and the strong ties I had left behind. For this reason, I made the decision to move to Scotland. I am now stationed in Glasgow, spending time with old and new friends, and about to start a new job. I intend to keep travelling and exploring – being in such a central location makes it very easy to catch the next plane, train, bus or ferry ride to another town, city and country!
The Exchange Program at McMaster University gave me the opportunity to experience what my future could really be like and I feel is an opportunity that every student at McMaster should take advantage of.