Hi my name is Charlotte and I am in my fourth year at Brock studying Music with a minor in Psychology. I am from Guernsey, an island in the English Channel between England and France. This is the island where the university’s namesake, Sir Isaac Brock, spent his childhood. The university offers an undergraduate scholarship every year to a Guernsey resident, which I was fortunate to receive in 2010 and the reason I chose to study at Brock.
Prior to coming to Canada, I think I was a little naïve about the differences. Although we speak the same language, the lifestyle feels a lot more laid-back and everyone is so friendly. One of my favourite things about living in Canada is the distinct four seasons. My particular favourite is autumn, which in the Niagara region is stunning as there are so many trees and a spectacular array of colours. Also, the country is so vast. It should be noted that you cannot travel across the whole country in a matter of hours, whereas it takes a maximum of 30 minutes to get to the other side of Guernsey!
The largest difference between studying in Canada compared with Britain is the requirement for context credits. This requirement ensures that you have an all-rounded degree at the end of it and provides you a basic grounding in other subjects, which is likely to be desired by future employers.
The most challenging thing about moving to Canada was leaving behind family and friends but keeping in contact is really easy with the Internet and I still get to see them every Christmas and summer. However, it is this challenge that has made me more independent and able to find my own path in life. I have made so many new friends here, so I have never felt on my own.
I really enjoy getting involved in university life, this year I started working as the International Relations Assistant in Brock’s International Market Development department. For the past couple of years I have been one of the Music student representatives. This has involved organizing events including a charity concert last year for one of the other students in our department. I have also recently started volunteering at Brock’s Sexual Violence Support Centre, which will be a very challenging experience but will most definitely prepare me for my future career in counselling.
Finally, for anyone coming to Brock as an International student, I would advise you to make the most of your time here and immerse yourself in the community. Everyone here is so friendly and welcoming, and you will likely discover a lot more if you visit areas with locals than if you follow the typical tourist route. It is such a fantastic experience – you will not regret it!"