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Dec. 16, 2016
Campus Ambassador
Second-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 second 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 grade 11 summer vacation. Wilfrid Laurier University was my first choice, because of its very resourceful, mid-size campus, along with its tight-knit community, student-run clubs and excellent support network for students, which help provide 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, until the time I came on campus and throughout my first year, 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, so you would always find a club you are passionate about. I am currently the president of Stand Up for Health Laurier, a campus club raising awareness about the social determinants of health; vice-president of Affairs of the Pre-Medical Society; and promotions committee member of the Laurier Biology Association. 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 the Laurier Biology Association.

Although I’ve been in Canada for only nine months, I feel at home at 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 a Laurier Campus Ambassador, and I would love to help and guide all the future Golden Hawks to the next best time of your life at Laurier.

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


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