"I first left Canada when I was 18 to go to Australia — I left in search of adventure and I certainly found it when I got there. Since then, I have continued to seek out new experiences, and have found a home wherever I lay my head. I’ve completed each of my degrees in a different country, and found this not only to enrich my studies but also the way I learn, think, and see the people around me.
This journey one day brought me to Switzerland where I now live and work. I’ve found myself saying a few times “this is the place I will stay” - but I seem to remember saying that in a few other countries as well. To me being a migrant means being a citizen of the world; my experiences around the world contribute to the person I am, and I bring my unique mindset to each new place that I go. I sincerely hope that I am able to make a small impact on the mindset of others who are constantly impacting my own, and I hope things are clearer and brighter for the world that lays ahead of us.
The more I interact with friends and new acquaintances here, the more I realize the world is much smaller than we realize. And we therefore all have a lot in common."
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