A Twice Over Scholar Becomes an Integral Part of the Campus Community
By Jenny Connell
When Juliana Fiorentino of Belo Horizonte, Brazil, started her program at FDU-Vancouver, she had one thought in mind: “make the most out of this experience.”
Fiorentino, who started at FDU-Vancouver in the Fall of 2009 after obtaining a degree in psychology from the Pontifical Catholic University in Brazil, graduates with a second bachelors degree in art with a specialization in business. Her commitment was clearly seen in her outstanding academic performance. She earned one of the highest grade point ratios of her graduating class and had her name on the honor’s list every semester.
“I came to Vancouver seeking a higher education in Canada. I intended to get a masters in a field related to human resources, but I couldn’t afford a masters program in Canada,” said Fiorentino. “For international students the tuition cost is three times higher than for local students, so a scholarship was a great factor in my decision to attend FDU and do another bachelor program. I received a 50 percent scholarship and received a study grant for being accepted into the Global Scholars program.”
As a Global Scholar, she was engaged in volunteer work and participated in fundraising and social activities on and off campus. She was an active president of the Students Association, a supportive orientation leader and a devoted member of the Sustainability Committee, for which she assisted other students and staff to develop strategies that create a sustainable campus environment.
As a student worker, Fiorentino worked in the marketing department helping to develop new marketing strategies and recruit students from Brazil; she also worked in the administrative department. Soon after finishing her classes last summer, Fiorentino was hired as Receptionist/Administrative Assistant.
“I’ve always enjoyed working with people,” said Fiorentino. “I am currently working for FDU as an Admissions Assistant and I enjoy helping students pursue their dream. I plan to continue working in this field and seek a masters that’s related to human resources in the future.”For the future Fiorentino said, “I really enjoy my life in Canada so I plan to stay here to work, and further my studies by pursuing an MBA.”