Hello, my name is Negin Saadati; I am a 5th-year student studying Political Science and Economics at the University of Victoria. I am local to Victoria and feel blessed to have grown up in such a biologically diverse and environmentally pristine region of the world. Growing up, my family spent a lot of time visiting my cousins in Arizona. This lifelong experience has allowed me to understand the great similarities in values Canadians and Americans share, as well as the unique differences between our cultures. Our countries are connected by people, shared history, economics, and land, and I believe these relationships are only becoming more robust.
Recently, I worked in the British Columbia Legislature for the Hon. Carole James (Minister of Finance). From this position, I was motivated to continue a career in the civil service and understand how different levels of government operate together. This opportunity to connect with students from the University of Washington will allow me to understand better the social issues that matter to students in Washington and how they compare to those in British Columbia. I am most excited to learn about how Washington and British Columbia are connected by land and water, and these connections contribute to our communities, economies, and environment. I am very grateful to take part in the Corbett British Columbia-Washington International Exchange and am excited to expand my knowledge in the months ahead.
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.