Emma Fingler

Emma Fingler

Experiential learning in a backpack

Emma Fingler

Political studies student Emma Fingler focuses on disaster management course in Paris

Spending a summer in Paris is something Emma Fingler can cross off her bucket list.

The 21-year-old student is spending six weeks studying disaster management at the American University of Paris, a well-known international university. Her dream came true thanks to the B.E.S.T. Projects Fund, to which she applied with the hope of someday assisting refugees in disaster zones.

“My program focuses on the legal, political, economic, ethical, communications and public policy issues that come about in the aftermath of major disasters at the international level,” explains the Honours Political Studies student. “It also examines how these disasters can be prevented. I am studying disasters such as train crashes, oil spills, coal and mining disasters.”

Emma is sharing her experiences in Europe with the Bishop’s community and her loved ones in Europe through her blog, Books, Baguettes and Backpacks. ‘’Culture is an incredibly important aspect of immersion,’’ says the British Columbia native. “Living in Paris for 6 weeks gives me the opportunity to improve my French speaking skills and delve into Parisian culture.” On the academic side, she credits her professor and mentor, Dr. Trygve Ugland, for providing her with guidance and knowledge with respect to European politics and affairs.

Emma is very grateful for what has been a remarkable summer in the City of Lights. ‘’Thanks to this opportunity, I am studying a topic I would not be able to find elsewhere at the undergraduate level,’’ she says. “Disaster management is a highly unique program, and to study in Paris will complement my Bishop’s degree, allowing me to engage in a politically riveting foreign culture. This course will also give me a head start in a key area of interest for me.”

Experiential learning opportunities are very important to Emma. ‘’In order to truly excel as a student, experience is vital,’’ she says. ‘’Opportunities like those B.E.S.T. encourages are exceptional, since they allow students to figure out which path they would like to take, discover their passions, and provide motivation to continue toward their goals. Experiential learning opportunities supplement a degree to the greatest extent, and propel a student towards success.’’

“Bishop’s is a truly outstanding university to offer these kinds of opportunities.”

What is B.E.S.T. ?

This story focuses on a recipient of the B.E.S.T. Projects Fund. B.E.S.T. is the premiere experiential learning opportunity at Bishop’s University. In 2010, an anonymous Bishop’s graduate made a gift commitment to establish this opportunity fund at the university. This unique possibility is meant to assist students, determine their career paths and realize their ambitions. It also gives the student the chance to learn outside of the classroom.

The funds are awarded to students whom the Selection Committee believes have the potential for significant achievement and impact once they graduate from Bishop’s. Find out more information about B.E.S.T.