My name is Veniace Thomas and I am currently a senior at the University of Washington. I am a sociology major and would like to pursue a career in the legal field. I am fascinated by society and each functioning part that contributes to society as a whole. I believe this exchange is a vital part of understanding my own culture as well as others. It is essential that as humans we go beyond what is familiar and stretch our comfortability. Even though Canada is very close in proximity it will give me a chance to study border relations and how different countries operate. While the United States is fighting battles about inequality it may be beneficial to observe what alternatives other countries have in place in their society.
I look forward to studying sociology classes that reflect Canadian life and demonstrate unique perspectives. The world is evolving and diversifying rapidly. It is our responsibility to become familiar with people from all different backgrounds and walks of life. If we do this we can protect one another and always stand as a united front.
I am excited to work alongside my peers as well as some new ones. I am also excited to experience a new environment. The pandemic has been rough for everyone and it has been easy to fall into a routine. I believe this experience will help break that cycle and bring back some much-needed happiness into my life.
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.