By Priscilla Allatt
Special to The Record
Many Townshippers have had to postpone travel plans over the past year, but what happens when you are a student organizing an exchange and plans cannot be delayed?
For Julia Charron, it was nothing short of extreme disappointment when she awoke to an email from Bishop’s International informing her of the cancellation of her exchange to Norway.
“I woke up to two emails one after the other, one was an email from the Norwegian University telling me they were excited to welcome me onto their campus this fall while the other one was an email from BU saying that all exchanges were being cancelled and that we had a meeting at 5 p.m. to discuss it,” said Charron. “The news was really hard to swallow, especially after having my winter 2021 exchange to Scotland being cancelled earlier this year,” she said.
In her situation, it wasn’t just the experience of studying abroad that she had to let go of but something much more exciting. Charron was a part of a research project that involved a partnership between the school of education at Bishop’s University and a University in Norway. Charron’s tuition, travel, and living expenses were all going to be covered, and she was going to be teaching English at an elementary school not far from her university.