The NJC Experience From Juliana's Perspective

Juliana '23
In close to three short months, the NJC experience has already made an immeasurable impact on who I am. I have learned so much in Neuchâtel but also in my travels. Each place I’ve been has opened my eyes to something new.

In Poland, I learned just how resilient the human race can be. The sights in Auschwitz were horrifying. After walking the exact path of a young Jewish child, on their way to execution, I gained a deeper appreciation and respect for survivors and their families. I always understood the atrocities of the Holocaust, but being present in this historical site was life-changing.

In Belgium, I experienced an immense sense of gratitude. The soldiers of WWI fought in horrific conditions. They braved each day in order for me to live the life that I do.

Above all, I have learned so much from Switzerland and the Swiss people. Switzerland is a place unlike any other that I have visited. The people are among the most independent I have seen. From them, I have learned the importance of independence and what truly makes me happy. The Swiss, whether from the north, south, east or west, seem to have the answer to that complex struggle. I think it is a result of their ability to put themselves first, while still caring for and respecting each other. From my pension madam, to the server at my favourite cafe, there is an air of content the Swiss all convey. I will adopt this in my own life.

I am certain that being at NJC has allowed me to grow in innumerable ways- unlike any other opportunities I've had before. I face things everyday that put me outside of my comfort zone. Upon arriving, it felt like I would never find my bearings. It took days before I got home without finding myself lost on the wrong bus. At home, an experience like this would have been catastrophic. Since being here, I have become so much more confident and adaptable because I have faced these issues. Now, I feel at home.
Neuchâtel Junior College offers the unique opportunity to study Canadian curriculum abroad. While living in Switzerland in a French community, students enjoy an international education through travel and experiential learning in Europe. Gap year and Grade 12  high school students gain international experience and develop independence and life skills that prepare them for university and the global workplace.

A Canadian high school in Switzerland | Grade 12 & Gap