Three years ago, a growing feeling of unaccomplishment pushed me to make a life-changing decision: to quit not only my job as a full-time engineer but engineering altogether, so I could find my life’s true calling.
Without a job but with a lot of time in my hands, I packed my suitcase and embarked on a month-long, one-man trip around my home country, Peru. It was then that I realized that what I liked the most about travelling was to get to know the locals and their stories, so I could retell them to my family and friends. It became clear to me then that I wanted to be a journalist. Less than a year after that trip, I moved to Canada to study journalism at the University of British Columbia.
During my two years at the journalism school, the same curiosity that drove me to approach locals during my travels pressed me to take on diverse stories that ranged from Latin American and Chinese issues to the local arts and culture community to human rights issues, including changing refugee laws and indigenous land claims.
At UBC, I was part of the 2012 class of Canada’s only Reporting in Indigenous Communities course and a 2013 fellow of the School of Journalism’s award-winning International Reporting Program. I graduated in April 2014.