While my Canadian exchange program was two years ago, I continue to feel its effects on my life. Besides having a deeper understanding of the relationship between Canada and the United States, I also figured out my major by taking specific psychology classes which really inspired me once I was back in Seattle. I found a research program that was built on classes I had taken at UBC and received hands-on experience that I likely would not have sought out if not for the classes I had taken on exchange.
The cross-border exchange with UBC has greatly impacted my personal life as well. The majority of the people I befriended on exchange are people that I am still in close contact with and have become some of my closest friends. Many of my friends are abroad and have offered me places to stay with them while I continue to travel in order to learn about other cultures. By participating in an exchange with UBC I had the opportunity to meet and learn from Canadian students as well as students from all over the world who were also participating in exchange programs.
My learning experience was deepened by hearing the many different world views and opinions that students from all around the world brought to academics and lived experiences. I am so grateful to have had this experience and to have gained a lasting relationship with Canada.
Marissa Darling is currently finishing her senior year at the University of Washington.
The Corbett British Columbia-Washington International Exchange Program, housed at the Canadian Studies Center, Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, provides an opportunity for undergraduate students at the University of Washington to spend two semesters at the University of British Columbia or University of Victoria; and for students from the University of British Columbia and University of Victoria to spend three quarters at the University of Washington. More information about the program and how to apply is available here.