Video encourages Bermudians to study in the United States
Bermudians are being encouraged to study in the United States because of the special ties between the two countries.
A promotional video released by the US Consulate General highlights student Alia Peets, who is pursuing her dream of becoming a veterinarian through her undergraduate studies at Sweet Briar College in Virginia.
In the video, released yesterday on Facebook and Instagram, Ms Peets shared her reasons for choosing to study in the US and encouraged students to turn their dreams into reality.
She said: “I chose to study in the United States because it was easier, it was closer to home and the programmes were more accessible.”
Ms Peets earned a merit scholarship of $15,000 to Sweet Briar College based on her high-school grade point average, and received an additional scholarship as an international student.
Sweet Briar supports international students academically and financially and assists with the admissions and financial-aid process.
Ms Peets said: “Bermuda has a lot of political and government relations with the United States.”
She highlighted the special relationship between both countries and the ease of obtaining a student visa.
Ms Peets also explained that US colleges are seeking diversity and international students.
She said that she received information directly from the college about requirements for international students, including the one-time Student and Exchange fee.
Ms Peets said: “It’s important to grow beyond your goals and dreams. I wanted to become a vet at four or five years old. I took this dream, and I’m making it become a reality.”
The full video featuring Ms Peets can be found here.