Nik Bukovec and Lara Weis hail from the busy, fast-paced city of Berlin, Germany. Their mutual love of the outdoors, passion for continuous learning and innate sense of wanderlust brought them to the spectacular central coast region that Northwest Community College calls home.
Taking science and arts courses based out of the Terrace campus, the two students are not only earning credits for their studies, they are exploring the northwest and learning lessons that go beyond the classroom.
“The main thing for us is the experiential, in-the field learning,” says Nik. “We have a field trip every week and so we get outside a lot to see what we are studying. That’s what makes this a great place to be in.”
In addition to their classroom-based studies, Nik and Lara took part in NWCC’s unique Stewart/Telegraph Creek field school, having an opportunity to learn from locals, see glaciers up close and visit the unique geological area found in Northern BC.
“I think for me, it was super easy to understand the theories of geography after being in the field,” says Lara, who is interested in pursuing a career that combines working with youth in natural settings. “I think it gives you a better understanding of the theory and helps you value it more.”
It did not take long for Nik and Lara to make friends and get a feel for Canadian culture.
“Having the small community in the college helps people integrate more in the Canadian lifestyle,” says Lara.
Nik adds that one of the benefits of studying at NWCC is its smaller class composition and the personal support available to students.
“As soon as even the smallest issue comes up we know who we can ask and those people help us with whatever we need,” says Nik. “It’s a great atmosphere, it’s far more personal and you get to know the instructor.”
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