Growing up in Vancouver, Parsa Shani always had a “lingering notion” that there was a lot more world out there. When he and his family, originally from Iran, moved back for a while during his middle and high school years, Mr. Shani experienced a country very different from Canada. The “massive, hectic, megacity of Tehran” made an impression and piqued his curious mind. That also lingered.
Three years later, Mr. Shani was wrapping up Year 2 of a UBC Civil Engineering degree. But the standard co-op offerings – construction and geotech work – weren’t speaking to him. Cities were. He ended up foregoing the co-ops altogether and signed up for a UBC global seminar in Chongqing, China – and that altered his course for good.
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