My name is Natalie Martin, and I am a fourth-year undergraduate psychology major at the University of Victoria (UVic). I grew up on the traditional land of the Métis, Dakota, and Ojibway peoples (Brandon, MB) before moving to Victoria, the land of the Songhees, Esquimalt and WSANEC peoples. Growing up in Brandon, I was never very far from the border. In fact, my family and I would frequently take trips across the border on weekends and holidays to explore the sights and culture of our close neighbour and ally. Being able to experience these things so frequently, and at such a young age, really gave me an appreciation for the similarities and differences that exist between Canadians and Americans. This appreciation only grew when I came to UVic and made friends with many people who crossed the border in order to go to school here in Canada. Being provided with an opportunity to share our similar yet distinct cultures with one another is something I am extremely grateful for, which is why I am so excited to be a part of this fellowship.
My hope after graduation is to pursue a degree in law, specifically international law. Being a part of this program will provide me with my first real experience in international relations, which will be a beneficial stepping stone towards working in the field of international law.
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.