Hi, I'm Paula!
Currently, I'm studying at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. I am completing a Bachelor of Business Administration majoring in Business and Geography, concentrating in Marketing, Finance, and International Business. I also hold two certificates - one in International Experiential Learning and the other in Corporate Environmental & Social Sustainability.
I've always found the unknown exciting. Asking "what if" and "why not" more often than not I've found leads to a pretty exciting answer or opportunity.
Throughout my time at post-secondary, this search for the new and unanswered has been prominent. At my university, I asked "why" to the lack of career readiness programs for real estate and marketing students, leading me to launch two new ones myself. When I wondered why my classmates and I learn about real estate investments and finance when we have a clear interest, I created a syllabus, got elected to senate, and passed legislation to make it possible.
When I wanted to experience new cultures and learn at different institutions around the world, I applied to my school's exchange program and looked externally for institutions that offered programs for undergraduates.
As a result, I've just spent the last year and a half travelling the world. I had the opportunity to study at universities in San Francisco, Milan, and Singapore and complete a 7-month internship in Amsterdam.
I can't wait to see where my next "why" or "why not" takes me.
In January of 2018, I was accepted to the Discovery and Innovation for Sustainable Cities Program at UC Berkeley in California. The purpose of this program was to introduce students in non-design backgrounds to the impact of design thinking on global projects and problems. To learn more about the program and what I learned, take a look under projects, or just click here.
After my time at Berkeley, I went on my first transcontinental exchange to Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. While I was there, I had the opportunity to not only study at one of the world's top management schools but also visit some of the bucket list places on my wish list of Europe. To take a look at some of the photos I took while I was there, take a look at my photo gallery here.
After my time at Bocconi University, I travelled east, or southeast more specifically, to Singapore, where I studied at the National University of Singapore from January to May 2019. I've included some photos from my time here in the photo gallery as well if you want to see what it was like!
Summer & Fall 2019
After an incredible year of international study, I was not yet ready to return to Vancouver. Instead, I moved to Amsterdam to work as a Product Marketing Manager Intern at PARK NOW, a family of parking apps run under a joint venture between Daimler and BMW. During my time at the company, I learned an incredible amount about product marketing and the world of scale-ups.
I was also lucky enough to be back with some of the friends I had made while at Bocconi University the previous fall, as many of them were Dutch in background and lived in the area.