From Canadian to Cajun: One student’s story

By Kylie Neel

The time is coming for Louisiana Tech to start up the fall 2022 quarter, and one of the most important measures faculty, staff and returning students ensure is making sure students feel comfortable. 

Tech student Brook Melnychuk is a business management major from Hudson Bay, Saskatchewan, in Canada, and will start her second year as a Bulldog this fall.

“I would say that now personally I would never want to move back home after I graduate, mostly because I love America, especially the South,” Melnychuk said. “Where I am from in Canada, there are a lot fewer opportunities in general.”

Melnychuk said she enjoys being in Ruston because of the family environment that makes it feel like home. 

“Since I don’t have my family close by, this makes the experience a lot easier for me,” Melnychuk said. “I have made so many friends coming into Tech, and personally I try to do as much as I can to meet more people as I continue my ride here at Tech.”

Melnychuk said her adjustment to the culture was not a hard adjustment, even though things are a little different than home. Growing up, Melnychuk said she is used to grassland and rock covering the plains, and weather is mostly sunshine, so it’s fair to say Louisiana is a big change from her hometown. 

“There are things like the weather that I probably won’t ever get used to, but it’s definitely better than the cold,” Melnychuk said.


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