Gabrielle Bishop

VIU Global Studies graduate, Gabrielle Bishop

My academic interests were pretty varied when I entered my first year of Global Studies at VIU. What I liked about the program was its interdisciplinary nature. Combining Economics, Anthropology, Sociology, Geography, and Political Studies, the Global Studies major really allowed me to take a collaborative approach to the study of globalization. She says to students to treat your first year like a “buffet”, and try to sample as many courses as you can because you may be surprised in what ends up sparking your interests.

This major is largely what you make of it: I strongly encourage every Global Studies student to enhance their in-class learning with exploring volunteer opportunities, education abroad, the Global Studies Internship, and work-op positions. If you are a hard worker, are passionate about global issues, and are willing to think with a critical yet open mind, then the Global Studies major is for you, and you will be successful with it.

She completed her Global Studies internship at an non-governmental organization in Seoul, Korea, called Justice for North Korea (JFNK). JFNK’s mission is to raise local and global awareness about the North Korean human rights crisis. At JFNK, she worked in a communications-related role: she designed t-shirts and postcards used to raise funds/awareness, helped plan events, attended press conferences and maintained the Facebook page, among other general volunteer duties. Coming home to complete her fourth year of Global Studies at VIU, she drew on her experiences working with JFNK in class discussions and when writing papers. All of these experiences she included in her graduate school application. She strongly recommend doing the Global Studies internship.

On campus I volunteered as the Communications Chair for VIU’s World University Service of Canada (WUSC) Local Committee, promoting the Student Refugee Program on campus. I strongly encourage any VIU Global Studies student interested in attending grad school to undertake as many globally-related extra-curricular activities as possible.

I am now in my first year of studies at the Norman Paterson School of International Affairs (NPSIA) at Carleton University, Canada’s top grad school in its field.