Oh Canada! Florham Campus student takes on our northern neighbor

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Christi Peace discovering Canada’s landscape and scenery. (Photos courtesy of Peace)

By Kaidi Ilves

“Canada is great!” says Christi Peace, a Florham Campus senior at Fairleigh Dickinson University, studying abroad at FDU’s Vancouver Campus in Canada. She is double majoring in psychology and communication studies, and minoring in public relations.

“I applied to, and was accepted at a lot of colleges, but FDU stood out for me because of its campuses in England and Canada,” said Peace. There were other things that stood out to her, and she knew she had made the right choice during orientation — she fell in love with the Florham Campus’ scenery, and was thrilled to be taking classes from the passionate teachers who presented at orientation.

She said, “FDU really cares for the students, more so than most schools I considered. I was offered several scholarships to come here, the professors got me very excited to learn, and everyone was making me feel so welcome!”

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Peace (back row, fourth from right) with Vancouver Campus peers hiking in British Columbia.

Part of Peace’s plan of attending FDU included studying abroad, and in particular, at FDU’s Wroxton College in England, where she spent the 2014 spring semester. Vancouver didn’t become her destination until after departing from Wroxton.

“One of my friends decided to do another study abroad, which led me to check out the other colleges FDU has a connection with. I was mostly thinking about France,” she said.

But when Peace found out that most of the students at the Vancouver Campus come from different corners of the world, she saw an opportunity to immerse herself in truly international studies. “It’s a great place to be — almost as if I was visiting dozens of countries at once. There are people here from Korea, El Salvador, and Zimbabwe, just to name a few,” she says.

Although this is not her first time studying abroad, Canada does have plenty of firsts in store for Peace — being on the West Coast, trying poutine, and even doing an international internship.

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Peace in front of MOSAIC's office building.

“Interning is part of the curriculum for both my minor and communications major. Before coming to Canada, I reached out to Jeff Lee who is the career services manager at FDU’ s Vancouver campus. He helped me boost my resume, practiced interview questions with me, and put me in touch with a couple of companies.” Lee accompanied Peace to some of her interviews to establish connections between the companies and FDU. She did really well at one of the interviews, and the nonprofit, MOSAIC, later hired her as a public relations intern.

Peace’s role at MOSAIC encompasses developing social media plans for the organization, generating and maintaining website content, writing client success stories, and providing the organization with assistance in both public relations and marketing. “Interning at MOSAIC is a good mix of challenge and learning — I genuinely feel that my work here is making a difference.” MOSAIC is a nonprofit organization that provides support to immigrants and refugees in the Vancouver metropolitan area in their settling into life in Canada, with services from English courses to childcare services and resume help.

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Vancouver Campus students participating in model United Nations meetings.

Peace expects to graduate in the spring of 2016. While studying in Vancouver, she participates in Model United Nations meetings and is part of the Rotaract Club. She has previously served as the editor in chief for the Florham Campus student newspaper “The Pillar,” and as member of the Campus Standards Committee.