My name’s Jason Schott and I recently finished my 2nd year of Civil & Environmental Engineering at Western University. This summer I will be travelling to Hangzhou, China to take part in a research project in the field of environmental engineering. During my 10-week stay, I will be doing a pilot study on wastewater treatment at Zhejiang University of Technology (ZJUT). My portion of the project will conclude at the end of July, after which I will be travelling from China directly to Singapore. Starting at the beginning of August, I will begin a student exchange at Nanyang Technological University (NTU). I’m planning to study Civil (Structural) Engineering for two semesters at NTU in Singapore. After completing this student exchange, I will be returning to Western for my fourth year.
Both of these opportunities were available to me through Western’s connections - China because of agreements through our Chemical Engineering department and Singapore because of Western International. I am taking advantage of just some of Western’s Engineering Plus opportunities since they are so openly available to me.
My research assignment is starting on Wednesday and I begin my flight to China today. I chose to start my research at ZJUT in late May; this was so I could take some time to travel with my family. I kicked off the beginning of May by relaxing in my hometown Kitchener, Ontario. Seeing family and friends is always time well spent. I was even lucky enough to see my favorite band ‘The Royal Streets’ perform before they went off on an east coast tour. I then travelled to Vancouver where I enjoyed a week off before embarking on a family vacation to Alaska. We took a 7-day cruise which went through Glacier Bay and three other port cities, and got to meet up with my cousin in one of these towns. He drove a few hours from Whitehorse, Yukon down to Skagway, Alaska and he brought his adorable kids with him. The photo below is with my parents, sister and cousin with his two kids in Skagway, AK.
This photo of the glacier and waterfall was taken in Juneau, Alaska. The town mainly consisted of local pubs and gift shops but there is some awesome scenery to be found once you travel outside the port.
The photo of the bridge was on a train ride from Fraser, British Columbia to Skagway, Alaska. The ride was filled with breathtaking views of the serene landscape. You were allowed to stand outside of the train as it sped over shaky tracks alongside a sharp cliff, which was both fun and humbling. This bridge is actually well known! It was built back in 1901 and had been extremely difficult to build due to its location on the mountain. It’s a steel cantilevered bridge and is no longer operational but remains standing as a landmark. The concrete foundation and steel framing seemed strong, but the rocks it was built on seemed ready to pluck off.
A quick background on me. I was born & raised in Kitchener, Ontario and will capitalize on any chance I get to play golf, hockey or snowboard. In the past 2 years I have travelled to Japan, China, Thailand, Vietnam, Cambodia and Singapore - so it’s pretty clear that I’ll also capitalize on any chance I get to travel. I’ve also done some travelling in Canada. Last summer I spent a few months working at a pristine golf course in Vancouver called Point Grey Golf & Country Club. And before returning home, I played a few rounds of golf with friends in Kananaskis, Alberta.
I hope you enjoy reading my blog and you can expect me to write about my experiences in social activities, my work and other good stuff I come across throughout the upcoming months.