My name is Guadalupe Guadarrama and I am currently a sophomore at the University of Washington. My goal is to major in neuroscience because I am compelled to understand the organ that characterizes us as human beings: the brain. This exchange with the University of British Columbia will give me the opportunity to work alongside potential mentors, gain research experience in areas that excite me, and become fully immersed in a community whose purpose is to “[Pursue] excellence in research, learning and engagement to foster global citizenship and advance a sustainable and just society across British Columbia, Canada and the world.”
Coming from the small town of Royal City, located in eastern Washington, to the University of Washington, I was given a greater appreciation for diversity because of the enrichment it brings to discussions and the learning environment. Being a first-generation, Mexican American woman, I believe I can contribute my perspective at UBC, just as I know I will benefit and grow from engaging with a wide range of students with different backgrounds. I am optimistic that my experience at UBC will open doors to a new outlook on life.
I’m excited about being a part of UBC and the research opportunities, classroom enrichment, and diverse community involvement this exchange will bring. Overall, this program will shape me to become a global citizen with the commitment to make discoveries in the human brain.
The Corbett British Columbia-Washington International Exchange Program Fund 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.