My name is Marco Lanfranchi and I am a recipient of the 2020 STA Bursary. I am very grateful for this award and am happy to share my academic plans with you.
This fall, I started my first year at UBC in the faculty of Arts. Before applying for university, I knew that I wanted to study economics and pursue a career in that field. Now, approaching the end of my first semester, I have found myself with many additional interests, such as computer science, after enjoying and learning plenty from my classes. Although most students, including myself, are not able to attend on-campus lectures due to the pandemic it has been extremely helpful to connect with my peers online, help each other with work and discuss future academic plans. After next year, I am hoping to major in either economics or computer science in pursuit of a career in which I can enjoy and have room for growth.
Being awarded the STA Bursary is greatly appreciated; university education holds many costs and while working part-time, this Bursary provides me with great relief. Not only does it help with my expenses, but it comes at a time that has clearly been hard for everyone, and for that, I sincerely thank the STA.