It has been six months in Canada,six months at UBC. If I may say, six months of Joy, happiness, Challenges and self-discovery.

During my first term at UBC, I have learnt a great sense of reflections. I amjust not referring to my own MFRE modules but to a broader way that reallyshaped my critical and reflective thinking. Before term two get busier, I thoughtit would be perfect to reflect upon the first term which has been so hectic andtesting, but I made the most of my time and used every opportunity that came myway.  As a new freshman at UBC, I wasboth a bit on edge and excited to start a new life.

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Having come to Vancouverfrom Africa, Rwanda, I honestly did feel like I was building a new life in anew city with new friends. I was not distressed as to how I would settlebecause I was confident that UBC MCF will make our transition more delightfulthrough various orientation program but I was eagerly awaiting the adventures Iknew would lay ahead. In the first few days, I have made friends, my fellow MCFscholar with whom I remained close with today and after my first few classesand lectures, I knew I had chosen the right course. I am so much thankful forMCF scholar’s program to have enabled me to do this course.   During my first term, I had numerous hurdlesthat I experienced. One of the most striking hurdles was time management andprocrastination.

Throughout my entire education, I have always been aprocrastinator. I would go into my assignment with good intentions, I plan ongetting them done as early as possible but it was not easy because I found itdifficult to motivate myself if the work is not due right away. I haveconvinced myself that I do better under pressure therefore I always ended upputting myself in the same situation.

Although it has worked throughout myeducation, I really did forget that I am in a new teaching system that requireshuge focus and lots of workloads. However, despite all the hurdles I faced, I alwaysget all of my work done.  I have learnt lots of insightsfrom my program.

Some of them have nurtured my intellectual curiosity andothers have introduced me to great minds. As someone whose interests havealways been centered to ensure that rural farmers have physical and economicsaccess to sufficient, safe and nutritious food for health and active life andwho have seen how unpredictability of commodity prices has always been a paramountconcern to most farmers in the community, my curiosity was fueled by the needto understand why farmers and consumers are not able to cope with commodityprices, how do farmers hedge against their productions, why there plenty foodin some regions and others are scarce, how to allocate food efficiently so thateveryone is not worsen off? These are interesting features I really understood infirst term.  Additionally,the first term exposed me to tons of seminars.

I got a great privilege toattend seminars that shaped my professional esteem. I liked the facts thatthese seminars allowed the opening up the floor for discussion pertaining tothe business world and hearing other ideas on different topics. These seminarsalso opened rooms for networks and contacts.  AlthoughI have learnt and gained tremendous knowledge in the first term, to be honest,it was not a piece of cake.

Coming from Africa where the teaching system isdissimilar to that of North America, it was a great challenge for me to adjustand fit in the program. However, with the support of amazing professors and awonderful program and UBC MCF team, I quickly fitted in. 


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