Alexandra Lam is a third-year Bachelor of Business (BIB) student, with a minor in International Strategy in the Spanish language stream. Alexandra is studying at Universidad Adolfo Ibañez in Vīna del Mar, Chile. (All students in the BIB program are required to study abroad for their third year at one of our partner institutions.)
Introduce yourself! Tell us a little bit about your goals and interests:
Hi friends! My name is Alex, and I was born and raised in Toronto, otherwise known as the six (except we never call it that). I am a short 5’3″ (on a good day) girl who loves dogs, eating food and adventure. I am extremely indecisive and very clumsy, but have somehow managed to ski my whole life without an accident. I am an avid Blue Jays fan, love to sing (obnoxiously loud) and am currently abroad, chillin’ in Chile for a year. My goal is to leave this exchange with a HUGE smile on face, knowing that I had the absolute best time in the world. I also hope to gain some work experience either working in an ice cream shop or with a local firm, as Chile has a Visa that allows students to work and travel abroad for a year. Although this year will be filled with ups and downs, I hope that this experience will allow me to grow and open the door to many different opportunities.
Why did you choose your language?
I grew up learning and speaking French my whole life, so I thought, HEY let’s learn a new language, so I chose Spanish. In the future, I would like to work abroad and I thought in this vastly changing world, Spanish is becoming a very popular language to speak.
Have you ever travelled overseas before? If so, where?
I have travelled to France when I was in high school, but never to South America.
What 3 things MUST you take with you while abroad?
I basically vacuum packed my life away into a couple of bags but what I did not forget to bring was my sunglasses, my GoPro and a SMILE :)
What are you most looking forward to?
I am most most most looking forward to the exciting new adventures that this year has in store for me. Seeing all the differences between the Canadian and South American culture, meeting new people, improving my Spanish and of course, travelling!