Nicolas is a third-year Bachelor of International Business (BIB) student in the French language stream. He is studying at ULB – Solvay Brussels School of Economics and Management in Brussels, Belgium. (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:
My name is Nicolas Camacho, I am an international student from Colombia pursuing my undergraduate degree in International Business with a concentration in Global Financial Management and Systems and a minor in Economics. Arriving in Ottawa in 2017 made Canada the fifth country I have lived in. Having to relocate to different countries made me develop a passion for photography, travelling, and getting to know and interact with different cultures. This is what lead me to choose to study International Business since it gives me the opportunity to have a job in the future that allows me to travel and interact with people from around the world.
Why did you choose your language?
I chose French because when I was in grade eight, I took a French class but did not continue with it. I thought it was a good opportunity to finally follow through with learning a new language that I have some prior knowledge of before arriving at Carleton. Having Quebec next to us was another reason as I can get immersed in the language and facilitates the learning of the language.
Have you ever traveled overseas before? If so, where?
I have extensive experience in travelling overseas. Before arriving in Canada, I lived in Colombia, the United States, Thailand, and Argentina. This has allowed me to travel to 30 different countries spanning North and South America, Europe, Asia, and Oceania.
What three things MUST you take with you while abroad?
One must is my Camera. I love to document and take pictures of the places I visit and hopefully, during my year abroad I will have a lot of opportunities to travel around Europe as much as I can. Another must is my phone. Not necessarily because I am addicted to it, but mostly to be able to communicate easily with friends and family from back home in Colombia and in Canada. Last is an outlet adaptor to be able to charge all my electronic devices without damaging them.
What are you most looking forward to?
The thing I am most looking forward to is being able to meet people from all around the world and be able to travel as much as I can. This is one of the reasons I chose to study in Brussels. There is extensive diversity in where people come from and it is very centralized allowing me to travel easily. Another thing I am looking forward to is learning from professors that probably do not have the same teaching methods those at Carleton, which will hopefully aid and improve my academia.