Kittima in Switzerland

Kittima is a Canadian expat living in Switzerland. After graduating from SFU’s Beedie School of Business, she had the privilege of working at various global organizations in recruitment. Currently, she works as a coach and consultant for those looking to move forward personally and professionally. Her passions include travelling, staying active, reading, teaching yoga and enjoying plant-based foods.


Q: How have you been keeping yourself entertained? What are you watching/reading?
I have been reading a lot more! In the last couple of months I've read The Overstory, The Girl with all the Gifts, and A Man Called Ove. All very different, but all have special lessons in them. I've also watched the entire 2 seasons of Restaurants on the Edge. I love design and food shows—this is a combination of both!

Q: How are you staying connected with family/friends?
Zoom is my new best friend—especially because I'm an expat living abroad. I schedule one call per evening, about 3-4 days a week with a different friend or family member to catch up, or even have group “coffee chats.”

Q: How are you staying active?
I often go out into the countryside and hike or ride my bike to avoid crowds. It's the perfect place to reconnect with nature and myself.

Q: Advice for current SFU students during this time of physical distancing?
Don't be a stranger! This is a perfect time to reconnect with your network of peers and professionals over a nice phone or video call. More importantly, enjoy the time with your family and friends, even from afar, and especially with yourself. Take the time to reflect on who you are and what is really important to you as a person. Remember it when you return to the “new normal.” View this time as a gift.

Q: Anything else you would like to say?
This is a special time for everyone. Know that you're not alone in this and that there are others that may be feeling how you're feeling. Allow yourself to take it all in and feel all the emotions. There is nothing wrong with how you're feeling and you will come out stronger after this experience. Please feel free to reach out if you want to chat!