Culture and Curiosity

  • Culture and Curiosity

    Waqar's Story

  • The differences between cultures fascinate me.

    It’s my passion, my past and my profession: I love helping cultures mingle.

  • With curiosity calling, I came to Canada. For the first time, I found myself on the inside of the cultural divide. For the first time I was the one experiencing cultural differences, not explaining them.

  • I turned my outsider perspective into a chance to learn. Driven to keep exploring, I added to my Master's by taking the Certificate in Intercultural Studies from UBC — an institution I had dreamt about.

  • Through my online coursework and in-class weekends the lights came on for me. My instructors and my classmates showed me a new idea...

  • Now, I get to help cultures communicate as I introduce them to life in Canada. I work as a settlement counsellor, helping people adjust to their new land. I’m also part of the advisory committee to develop new Intercultural Studies courses. I wouldn’t be doing any of this if it wasn’t for the Continuing Studies program.

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