Testimonial: Salma Selem Najm

Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program Awardee (2019-2020)

University of Regina (International Business, BIB)

Salma Selem Najm I applied to the Emerging Leaders in the Americas Program (ELAP) because, as an international business student, I felt an exchange would be the best way for me to enrich my education. I was drawn to what I knew of Canada since I was a little girl: the beautiful landscapes, cold weather, friendly people, good education system, and diverse population.

 I said to myself, “When I grow up, I want to study in Canada!” I was thankful and relieved to learn about my ELAP award because it would bring me one step closer to fulfilling my dream. I chose to study at the University of Regina because of its national and international recognition as an institution of higher learning.

I felt so welcome when I arrived in Canada; all of my expectations came true! Everyone at the university was kind and helpful. Everything about the campus is beautiful, from its location on the Wascana Lake to the buildings, the surrounding nature, and the extraordinary skies. I also loved the opportunity to experience Canadian holidays, like Thanksgiving, Halloween, and Christmas.

My ELAP experience has changed my life, both personally and professionally. I was previously a shy person who wouldn’t talk very much; now, I speak with everyone! Thanks to this opportunity, I have met people from all over the world. Not only have I made friends from Canada, but also from India, Italy, Ukraine, and more. It has been so enriching to learn about other cultures. Academically, my mind has been broadened by Canada and Mexico’s different styles of teaching. I learned a lot from my Canadian courses while also having fun. The skills I honed and developed in written and oral communication will surely help me in the future.

To visit and to learn in a new country were amazing opportunities that left me feeling more competitive and prepared as a student. My new friends are like family to me, and I have left a piece of myself in Regina. My Canadian memories and adventures will be in my heart forever.

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