Undergrad takes on the full university experience
By Tyler Gallop
Travelling halfway across the world from Norway to study at SFU, Andreas Hovland was looking for a new experience and a competitive global education.
“Norway is amazing, I could have gotten a great, free education,” says Hovland. “But I just wanted more. I wanted a serious challenge and a global education. That’s why I chose SFU, an institution known for its global connections.”
Challenging himself each semester, Hovland completed a major in anthropology, a second major with honours in economics, four co-op work terms, four semesters as a research assistant and four terms as a teaching assistant (TA)—all within just five years.
In his last semester he received an award for best thesis paper, and another for achieving the highest cumulative grade point average among economics honours graduates.
For Hovland’s first co-op experience, he spent a summer working as a research and development intern with Infosys in Bangalore, India. He was one of the first two students from Western Canada to participate in the business consulting company’s internship program.
For his final co-op placement a year later, he spent two semesters in San Francisco where he worked as an analyst intern with Illuminate Consulting Group, an international academic consulting firm.
Even after such unique travels and experiences, Hovland says working as a teaching assistant (TA) was one of his favorite SFU experiences.
“The economics department hires a few honours program students each semester for TA positions. I always wanted to try teaching, as I had previously found the role of an tutor to be very fulfilling. It was great and is one of the top experiences I’ve had as an undergrad.”
After spending more than five years at SFU, experiencing everything from travel to teaching, Hovland’s next steps after convocation are to return home to Norway to pursue graduate school and, eventually, a career working in public policy.
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