“People always use the expression that travel changes you, but travelling didn’t change who I am, it made me grow and understand who I am.” Rachel Champagne is a fourth year student pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce with a specialization in International Management at the Telfer School of Management. Having had few opportunities for traveling while growing up, Rachel was attracted to the international aspect of the International Management stream and in the fall of 2017, completed one semester of her studies in Aarhus, Denmark. After visiting 11 countries throughout Europe, Rachel not only learned a lot about herself, but also was able to understand the cultures of others. Donations such as yours allowed Rachel the opportunity to develop herself and further advance her career aspirations.
When asked where she sees herself in five years Rachel stated that: “I cannot tell you exactly what position I will have in five years, but what I can tell you is that I intend on pursuing a career that will make a difference in the lives of others. Whether it be in trade, diplomacy or international affairs, I aspire to obtain a job where I am challenged and where I can learn about and help others. My experience abroad changed my perspective, gave me a global mindset while understanding the importance of multiculturalism.” With the help of your donations, Rachel was given the opportunity to learn both inside and outside the classroom and to better understand what type of career she wants.
“The experience I had was a dream come true, and staying in a shared housing facility with eight other people was one of the best decision I ever made. These friends became family creating a home away from home feeling, and I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to meet such knowledgeable and inspiring individuals. From Brazil to France, Australia to Germany, I met people from around the globe and I learned something unique and special from each person. I learned to be resilient and resourceful during my travels and also I learned that knowledge is powerful and a privilege.
“I never thought that I would experience something so profound and incredible. Your donations empowered me and enabled me to fulfill my dream of traveling, learning and meeting new people.” For Rachel, this scholarship enabled her to experience what a global career may look like and provided her with friendships that will last a lifetime.
Once again thank you for helping students like Rachel aspire for greatness, and reach for more and her personal and professional life.