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From the Philippines and Dubai to Canada: Why I chose to study abroad in Canada

testimonial • September 29, 2020

Mary, a Chemical Engineering student who was raised in Dubai, speaks about her experience studying at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She talks about how the experience has given her the confidence to pursue her dreams.

“Canada is an awesome country. I’m really impressed by the openness and the respect that people have with one another. It’s also a great place to be more innovative and creative, and therefore, a great place to be yourself.”

— Mary T.
Bachelor’s in Chemical Engineering
Video transcript

My name's Mary and I'm working towards my Bachelor of Engineering in Chemical Engineering.

I grew up in Dubai, United Arab Emirates but I was born in the Philippines. When I was back home I was really shy. When I first decided to come to Halifax, I wanted to put myself out there and get out of my comfort zone and over the two years that I've been here, I did exactly just that.

Dalhousie has really given me much support because I've been given opportunities to attend conferences where I could make connections with other women in engineering, also professionals in engineering.

As an international student on campus, the international centre always has events for us

so that we can gather and connect with one another and feel welcomed in the Dalhousie community.

Canada is an awesome country.

I'm really impressed and inspired by the openness and the respect that people have with one another.

It's also a great place to be more innovative and to be creative and therefore a great place to be yourself.

There's so much more that I can learn, so much more that I can develop within myself, that really makes me excited for what's to come.

When I first came to Halifax and walked down that harbourfront, I was like, This is it. This is my new home.

And when I do look back, I'll be like, "This is where I first started. This is how I grew."

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