International Student Ambassadors

Looking for the inside track on studying at Brock University? Want to know what life is like for students outside the classroom? Meet our 2017/18 International Student Ambassadors. From across the globe, each of our Ambassadors has chosen Brock University to further their studies, and prepare for upcoming careers.

Learn more about them below and why they chose to EXPERIENCE Brock.

Ana from Portugal

Hometown:
Lisbon, Portugal
Program / Year of study:
Economics and Business, Second Year
With my Brock degree, I will:
Be the Prime Minister of my home country, Portugal.
Extracurricular activities:
Point Guard, Brock Women’s Basketball Team
English Conversation Partner Program
iNetwork Mentor Program
Employment while at Brock:
I worked at Brock during the summer in a basketball camp for children with special needs. It was a great experience and I was lucky enough to do it with my team!

Brock welcomed me like no other school did. I came in April 2015, and although I had visited more universities, Brock was the only one that was actually “waiting” for me and had everything prepared. I got to see the whole campus, meet the basketball team and explore my program deeper. It felt like home!

Knowing so many things about Brock before making my decision was really important, as it gave me time to plan far in advance.

The Steelblade Classic Hockey event at the beginning of the school year. Everything was still new to me and seeing all those students coming together and breaking an attendance record at the Meridian Centre was truly inspiring. There is definitely a Brock Spirit that makes Brock University so special!

It is undoubtedly hard to be alone in a new country with a different culture, language and lifestyle. People are always somehow reluctant to change. I was fortunate enough to have friends, coaches, therapists, etc. who cared about me and helped me going through my transition. Even though I did struggle a bit at the beginning, soon everything became easier with so much support.

Click here to view Ana’s blog

Ana from Trinidad and Tobago

Hometown:
Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago
Program / Year of study:
Kinesiology, First Year
With my Brock degree, I will:
Use it as a starting point for my career in Physiotherapy. I would like to pursue a Master’s degree after I am finished at Brock.
Extracurricular activities:
Kinesiology Mentorship Program

Brock has superior scholarships for international students. Once I started looking, I fell in love because of the practical nature of Brock’s Kinesiology program. After I visited the campus, I was sold on Brock; the campus was very inviting and featured a beautiful natural landscape as the perfect backdrop to complete my studies.

My most memorable Brock experience has been the Steelblade Classic Hockey game. It was both the first hockey game I had ever been to and the first big school sporting event I’ve ever attended. For that one night, it did not matter who you were; all the Brock students were one and everyone was full of spirit. There’s something magical about chanting for your team while being surrounded by a sea of red.

  1. Make sure to take advantage of all Brock has to offer; you will constantly be hearing about volunteer, work or fun opportunities- make use of them!
  2. Be friendly, everyone is trying to make friends!
  3. Talk to your professors- Trust me they want you to! Most times they give you helpful hints or advice that your peers won’t have.
  4. Campus has plenty of great study spaces… find them and make use of them!
  5. Go to the international events. They are a great way to make friends from all over the world.

Click here to view Ana’s blog

Evans from Ghana

Hometown:
Sefwi Eteso, Ghana
Program / Year of study:
MSc. Mathematics and Statistics (Mathematics), Second Year
With my Brock degree, I will:
Pursue a PhD in Mathematics
Extracurricular activities:
Vice President (International) of the Brock University Graduate Students Association (GSA)
CUPE (Canadian Union of Public Employees) international steward
Brock Internationalization committee member
Employment while at Brock:
Teaching Assistant in the Depart. of Mathematics and Statistics

The opportunity to experience meeting and living with people from different race, countries and different cultures background. I also like the community nature of the university, the environment and the province the university is sited.

As a research based graduate student, choosing a place to study amounts to choosing a school whose faculty members research in the area that interest you. That is exactly what I found at Brock. I found a professor who is researching in the area I am interested in.

 

At Brock, I have had the opportunity to meet and interact with people from diverse cultural backgrounds. Also, working as a teaching assistant and helping students solve their problems is fascinating. Especially the smile on their face when I give them that hint they needed to solve a problem.

Brock provides a conducive environment to study, have community experience and prepare you for your future career. For students who are looking for research experience with a professor, Brock is the place for you.

Click here to view Evans’ blog

Marcelo from Brazil

Hometown:
Indaiatuba, Brazil
Program / Year of study:
Bachelor of Science – Biochemistry, Second Year
With my Brock degree, I will:
Apply to Pharmacy school or apply for a Master’s Degree in my field
Extracurricular activities:
Captain of the Brock Badgers Volleyball Team
Employment while at Brock:
General Brock – Brock University Student Union (BUSU) department
Pen Centre

First, because of how welcoming and empathetic I heard Canadians are, always promoting diversity. Moreover, due to the high standard of education offered here, as well as an excellent life style (i.e. health system, safety, and touristic opportunities), good wages and also because of the languages spoken here.

I had a friend here who told me about the great environment and community spirit we feel as being part of Brock. Also, I was given a unique opportunity to be part of a developing project – the relaunch of Brock Men`s Volleyball Team.

The Home Opener Game of our last season (2016/17), where the tickets were sold out before the game even started. It was completely unexpected for a new team. Singing the Canadian National Anthem and looking at all those people supporting us gave me goosebumps, reminding me of the long path I had to go through until finally being given green light to come here.

Be ready to feel more than welcomed. You will actually feel embraced by this community. Be ready to have a closer relationship to your professors than you usually have elsewhere. Be ready to join great events and visit beautiful places. Be ready to grow as a person, study hard to achieve your goals and certainly, be ready to have the best years in your life.

Click here to view Marcelo’s blog

Nick from China

Hometown:
Wuhan, China
Program / Year of study:
Psychology M.A., First Year
With my Brock degree, I will:
Be a researcher in Psychology
Extracurricular activities:
Attend workshops organized by Centre of Pedagogical Innovation
Sports: fitness boxing, intramural frisbee, volleyball
Employment while at Brock:
Teaching Assistant for Psychology Department
Cashier at General Brock store

The educational structure (e.g. seminars, thesis projects etc.) and environment (small population) in Brock cultivate close working relations between faculty members and students. This kind of close relationship is beneficial to learning and professional development, which was the primary reason that I came to Brock.

My experience as a Teaching Assistant. Owing to this experience, I got chance to meet a lot of interesting students from different backgrounds. They hold different perspectives on certain topics, adopted disparate approaches of dealing with life problems, and demonstrated diverse patterns of personality and interpersonal styles. From them, I learned that our life trajectories can be so different from each other, but equally beautiful.

I would recommend all students consider the following:

  1. Be considerate but also bold at the same time.
  2. While pushing yourself, do not forget to slow down, have a break, and reflect.
  3. Do not look down upon others; instead, learning from others.

Click here to view Nick’s blog

Santiago from Colombia

Hometown:
Bogotá, Colombia
Program / Year of study:
Game Programming, First Year
With my Brock degree, I will:
Seek employment opportunities in Canada, or in my home country. I would like to work on strengthening Interactive media development in video games, fulfilling my dreams of making video games and telling unexpected stories for my life.
Extracurricular activities:
Brock University Student Leadership Network
Brock University Centre for Digital Humanities

Six years ago I was an exchange student in New Brunswick for around 6 months, I had a great experience getting to know Canadian people firsthand, and was charmed by this country. When I decided what I wanted to study, it was a no-brainer for me to pick Canada, as it stands amongst the top countries in Game Development, as well as ranking in the top places to live and study. I picked Canada because I felt that this would be a great starting point for the rest of my life.

Brock offers programs no other University or College has, with focused courses that are sure to have a practical application behind every theoretical approach. They also have great opportunities in all fields to increase your experience and broaden your curriculum for future employment. But above all, since the first moment I heard of Brock, I’ve felt that it is a university with heart, and alongside all academical endeavours are a plethora of opportunities to share your experience with new friends.

My orientation day. It was my first approach to the classrooms and classes I’d be taking. I got to meet the people with whom I’d share this learning experience during the coming four years. I was overwhelmed that my program has students from varied cultures and countries of the world. I realized that my learning experience would go far beyond what my program would give me, and I was certain that I’d know unique people along the way.

Do not hesitate to seize the opportunities presented to you by Brock University. Simply keeping an eye on Experience BU will keep you busy with activities that match your interest and strengthen your degree to be more attractive for future employers.

Click here to view Santiago’s blog

Shanen from India

Hometown:
Mumbai, India
Program / Year of study:
Business Administration, Fourth Year
With my Brock degree, I will:
Plan on settling down in Canada and working here. I would like to return to Johnson & Johnson, where I received work experience through my Brock co-op placement.
Extracurricular activities:
Brock Marketing Association
Brock Power to Change
Goodman DECA
Brock Conversation Partner program

My sister was already pursuing her MBA in Canada and my parents wanted me to be close to family. Brock offered me a scholarship based on academic achievement and is one of the few universities that offers co-op as part of a business program. Brock was also the university that I received the fastest responses from and their website was easy to understand and navigate through.

My co-op work experience at Johnson & Johnson Inc has been my most memorable experience thus far. Through the connection between our Co-op office and the company, I was given the opportunity to apply for the Supply Chain Analyst position and was successful in getting the job. I was given tremendous responsibility in my role and I developed so many skills that I am sure will help me as I look for a full-time career after graduation.

Get integrated in the Brock community – join student clubs and go out to different events held on campus. You get what you put in, and if you take the initiative to build relationships and connections, you will enjoy your time at Brock to the fullest!

Click here to view Shanen’s blog

Skylar from U.S.A

Hometown:
New Jersey, USA
Program / Year of study:
Business Administration, First Year
With my Brock degree, I will:
Go on to graduate school in the United States as soon as my wrestling and academic career at Brock is complete.
Extracurricular activities:
Brock Wrestling team
English Conversation Partner Program

I decided to come to Canada to fulfil my dream of going to the Olympics for wrestling, while receiving a great education. All of the Female wrestling programs in the United States were not what I was looking for from an academic standpoint. At Brock, I am able to continue doing what I love, while being a part of a prestigious business program. This opportunity was not presented to me in my own country and that is the reason I chose Brock University.

My most memorable Brock experience is most definitely the academics. The Goodman School of Business has been a great challenge for me and most definitely tests my knowledge.

Take a study break every once in a while to experience St. Catharines and the local area! This Niagara region is quite incredible and Toronto is so close by.

Click here to view Skylar’s blog

Bob from Malaysia

Hometown:
Puchong, Malaysia
Program / Year of study:
Business Administration, Second Year
With my Brock degree, I will:
Work in finance.
Extracurricular activities:
Intramural soccer

World-class education and I wanted to experience something different. I intend on moving to Canada permanently once I graduate from Brock University to start a new life.

Brock’s reputable co-op program will provide the experience I need to work in Canada.

Being able to meet a lot of friends as well as having fun with various people from the Brock community.

Always work hard and never give up. Patience, persistence and positivity is the key to success. Make sure to surround yourself with a lot of friends!

Click here to view Yi Xiang’s blog

Ze from China

Hometown:
Wuhan, China
Program / Year of study:
Business Administration, Fourth Year
With my Brock degree, I will:
Apply for a job at Brock or I will apply for a Master’s Degree in my field.
Extracurricular activities:
Business Student Association
Golden Key International Honour Society
Brock University Chinese Students and Scholars Association

First, its location. Canada is a peaceful and multicultural country, so I can experience different cultures and meet people from different backgrounds. I loved the environment of Brock when I searched it out online. A quiet but vivid place.

Second, is its reputation. Brock is famous for its business program and the quality of education is excellent, which will be an asset if I go back China to apply for jobs with a degree from Canada.

Lastly, the small class sizes. At Brock, I can keep in touch with my professor more easily, which improves my studies and overall learning experience.

During reading week of 2016, my friends and I rented a chalet at Blue Mountain Resort in Collingwood where I learned to snowboard for the first time! It was a fantastic experience and something I would have never done back home.

Try to become involved in as many activities at Brock as possible. It will help you to meet many native people, and experience local culture while living at Brock in the Niagara region.

Click here to view Ze’s blog

Become an International Student Ambassador

Interested in becoming an International Ambassador for the 2018/19 academic year? Download and submit your application by April 1, 2018 for consideration.

Click here to download the application.