Born in Lahore, Pakistan, I immigrated to Toronto when I was only a year old. I then moved back and forth between different cities in Canada and Pakistan at least seven different times! I am in my third year of Medical Sciences; because I like to surround myself with people with a similar vision of global change as mine, I went on Alternative Spring Break to Panama in 2017 as well. Thus, by exposing myself to these unique settings, cultures, and beliefs, I have realised how formulating viable solutions to global problems is incredibly enhanced when diverse perspectives unite. Western International and International Week provides students with a platform to explore exactly this, while also allowing me to emphasise how literary awareness provides a gateway into different cultures and to an appreciation of the diversity around us. Indeed, for me personally, literary works like “Great House” and “Family Supper” never fail to amaze!
My name is Muhammad Khalid but most people know me as Faran. Born in Toronto, I have moved between countries a lot. Fun fact: I have not attended the same school for more than two years. This exposure has enlightened my appreciation for diversity, inclusion and the need to feel welcome; some of the biggest goals our International Week strives for. Lucky for me, Western has been a great opportunity for me to work to assimilate the incredible diversity within it. I am extremely excited for International Week this year and the great events planned!
I am from Oakville, Ontario and am currently in my second year of Actuarial Science at Western. I have always had a passion for learning about other cultures and cuisines, and have travelled to over 30 countries. Aside from travelling, my other hobbies include playing with my dog, listening to music, and trying out new restaurants.
I am currently in the Neuroscience program here at Western. I have learned a lot not only in my classes but in my interactions with the campus community. There are many different types of sports and clubs that are available for students. Joining one of the many clubs is a great way to make new friends and meet new people. I have met many people from different backgrounds and walks of life. I find it incredible that when you walk around campus, you often listen to all kinds of different languages that combine into one single harmony. I myself speak English, Spanish, and French. I have forgotten how cold winters can get, but the snowfall can be very fun and beautiful to behold. Canada is a place of opportunity so don’t wait around and seek new adventures!