I transferred into SFU online - during the pandemic and as soon as I did, I travelled back to my home country, India. Studying remotely from a different time zone made me feel disconnected from university, and I felt like I was missing out on a lot of experiences – I felt stuck. I reached out to an advisor to support me through this, and she highly recommended the Global Connections Program.
I believe it was a turning point for my SFU journey, the help and support I received made me feel welcomed. I remember meeting my mentor for the first time and our first conversation being very encouraging. I felt heard and not alone, and my mentor introduced me to so many opportunities I hadn’t heard of before. I became more confident and was surprisingly able to discover myself in several ways.
Most importantly, I learned that it is okay to reach out for help – that it is not as scary, and I don’t have to fear being judged or misunderstood. We just need to be courageous enough to reach out and grasp hold of that helping hand.
This story was originally published on the Global Connections Program Website, introducing the 2021-2022 members of the Global Connections Program.