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esathurni@wlu.ca
Senior Campus Ambassador
Third-Year Health Sciences
Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Hi! My name is Elvira Bridget Sathurni and I am an International student born in India and raised in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Currently, I am in my third year of the Honours BSc Health Sciences program.

With my upbringing in a multicultural society, I found Canada to be an ideal country to do my undergraduate degree. My search for universities in Canada started from my 11th grade summer vacation. Laurier was my first choice, because of its mid-size and very resourceful campus along with it’s tight knit community, student run clubs and excellent support network for students. All of these factors helped make an easy transition from a different high school system to a Canadian university. Since the visit by an International Recruiter from Laurier to my high school, till the time I came on Campus and throughout my time at Laurier, I have met many inspiring and kind professors, staff and friends who have supported me and helped me grow out of my comfort zone and be an independent individual.

There’s a huge variety of clubs on campus, and I can guarantee you will always find a club you are passionate about. In my first year, I was a committee member of SURO and HSSA Cares (now known as Laurier Cares), and a general member of Stand up for Health, and Laurier Biology Association. Fast-forward two years, I am now currently the President of the International Students Association (ISA), which is a club dedicated to support and be the voice representing all international students on campus. This year I will continue to be the President of Stand up for Health Laurier, which is a campus club raising awareness about the social determinants of health.

As a student in the Faculty of Science of a mid-size campus, I’ve been very blessed to have access to so many opportunities like being a Research Assistant in Tristan Long’s lab, and being part of events held by various departments regarding life after graduation. I love how all the professors treat me like family and offer guidance and support without even asking for it.

Although, I’ve been in Canada for only 2 years, I feel at home in Laurier and also in Canada. Moving to Canada on my own for my higher education was a huge change for me, but also the best decision I made, as I always look forward to learning more each day.

I am very grateful for getting the opportunity to be an International Senior Ambassador, and I would love to help and guide all the future golden hawks to the next best time of your life at the Wilfrid Laurier University.

If you have any questions from university life to things you’ll need to do to make your dream of Canadian Higher Education a reality, feel free to email me at esathurni@wlu.ca!

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