Scholarships to study in Canada – Testimonials from international students and researchers
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Scholarships to study in Canada – Testimonials from international students and researchers

You see the benefits and you think
“Okay, this is too good”. Just the name, you know,
“Emerging Leaders of the Americas”. When my friend sent me the link to this scholarship, I thought, “But I’m not an emerging leader.” I mean, I might be kind of good at what I do, but “emerging leader”, that’s a lot. Being an emerging leader,
it means there is some potential, some capacity of doing things that have never been done before. We always think “I am doing this for my patients, I am doing this for my university, for my students”, and when you think that you can be an emerging leader, you think “Yeah, I can do this for my country”. I applied to ELAP with hope; hope to be here. And suddenly, that hope became real. It’s amazing to be here. The Emerging Leaders of the America Program is such an amazing initiative of the Government of Canada to open a great opportunity for us. The ELAP is really a great opportunity for all Latin American and Caribbean. This program offers us all the facilities to stay here, to do our research in the top level. And the people there actually want to help me to learn. They’re not just focusing on getting people employment, they’re focusing on not having immigrants isolated, but to make them feel like they really have a community. It’s a great experience for personal growth, for academic growth, for professional growth. In general, I would say “Go for it”! Some people in the ELAP program get the chance
to go to Ottawa for a week, and it’s, I would say like, that would be, as we say in Argentina, “La frutilla del postre”. La crème de la crème. I have been in the Parliament. I saw them discussing topics; I saw them face to face. If I’m a Canadian with the right to vote, I could choose my next Minister there. I could say “No, I don’t support this guy anymore”,
or I could say, “Yeah, that’s the idea I want to follow”. “That’s the idea which is going to
make my country better”. It’s very inspiring getting to know the social policies, the models for immigration, for reconciliation with aboriginal communities. I had the chance to meet amazing people, and meeting some aspects of Canadian culture, that has been an amazing experience. This study tour moved me to see the possibility of maybe I can become a leader. I am very grateful of what this country is
doing for my PhD project. I mean, there are few labs this specialized, I would say. So it’s a huge opportunity. Since I arrived here, I have no tag. I am one more inside the multicultural environment which Canada provides. You don’t feel like an alien,
you really feel like a student because the first day you come to school,
you’re already part of it. This is definitely something very different
from my other exchanges, where I was the Brazilian guy, I was the different guy, and here, I’m part of society, and that makes me feel very comfortable how Canadians really welcome people from all over the world here. Here in Canada, you have a very strong network with a different perspective. And now, I have a kind of idea of what it
means to be in Canada. The rights, a little bit the way of thinking. It’s really a huge opportunity for us. Wonderful and cold and warm at the same time.

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