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Student Profile: Nikita Laranjeira

International Studies master's student in the Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences

February 16, 2021
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I graduated with a BA Hons. in Political Science from Carleton University where I found my passion and interest in forced migration studies. I am also interested in themes of power relations, Latin American development, and crime in the Northern Triangle. Throughout my Undergrad I participated in various conferences relating to refugee self-reliance and the possible impact of the Global Compact on Refugees prior to its signing in 2018. I also participated in an internship at the UNHCR which further affirmed my intention to work within the development industry. Some other interests include: soccer, travel, food, and outdoor adventure.

WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO COME TO SFU?

I chose SFU because of the highly esteemed academic culture and the research experience of the professors in an array of topics. With the ability to undertake more general or specified studies, SFU allows you to reach your academic goals. What also drew me to SFU was the small class sizes in the Graduate programs. Smaller classes create an environment conducive for greater one-on-one learning and interpersonal connections with classmates.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR RESEARCH OR YOUR PROGRAM TO A FAMILY MEMBER?

My research focuses on refugees and forced migration, mostly from the Latin American Region. The purpose of my research is to understand the conditions which allow refugees to greater participate in the decision-making process relating.

WHAT ARE YOU PARTICULARLY ENJOYING ABOUT YOUR STUDIES/RESEARCH AT SFU?

I am enjoying the interpersonal connections I am creating with not only my classmates but my professors as well. The faculty at MAIS have been extremely welcoming and eager to help, especially given the current circumstances surrounding COVID. Despite learning virtually, the professors are making every effort to make the class feel connected.

HAVE YOU BEEN THE RECIPIENT OF ANY MAJOR OR DONOR-FUNDED AWARDS? IF SO, PLEASE TELL US WHICH ONES AND A LITTLE ABOUT HOW THE AWARDS HAVE IMPACTED YOUR STUDIES AND/OR RESEARCH.

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