Meet our international students: Lia Patricia Hiraldo Antigua, Dominican Republic
When Lia Patricia received a bursary from Canada’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD) to pursue her bachelor’s degree at Saint Paul University (SPU), it was a dream come true. “I’ve always wanted to come and study in Canada!”
She arrived at SPU in fall 2015 and registered in the Social Communication program. “I was studying communications in my home country, so it was great to be able to continue in my field here in Canada.”
The transition to her new environment was definitely helped by how easily she made friends. “I live in residence, so all I had to do was go down to the kitchen! Right away I met other students, and we quickly became friends.”
The best thing about SPU? Her courses! “The courses I’ve taken have been fantastic. For instance, I’m taking Sound and Radio Production, and I actually got a radio system to work. It was great!”
After she graduates, Lia Patricia would like to work in public relations. She intends to apply for another bursary so she can complete her studies at SPU. “I love this country. I’m having a wonderful time, and when I tell my friends about it they all want to move here!”
She plans to take full advantage of her Canadian experience by visiting some major locations, including Montreal, Niagara Falls and Quebec, and exploring the National Capital Region. “My first week here, I visited the Parliament Buildings. They’re so gorgeous! I’m also really impressed by the beauty of nature here.” She enjoyed admiring Canada’s fall colours for the first time, and says she’s looking forward to experiencing the cold winter she’s heard so much about!