Friday, December 13, 2013

News and Updates from Ireland

Standing at the top of Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh
By: Kevin Marthinsen, Humber's Study Abroad Student

Let me first start off by apologizing to those of you who been following my tales around Europe, and for my lack of published content this past month and half. It’s amazing how little time you have to write such noteworthy pieces of literature when you’re getting two Irish guys thrown off the bus (that story to come later, I promise).

Let’s start by talking about October.

I was quite busy last month as I organized all my weekend getaways for seven weekends straight, which have now, sadly, come to an end. Early in October, I got to visit my parents and my cousins in Shipley, UK, where in typical Canadian manner we stayed up to midnight on Saturday and streamed the Toronto Maple Leafs game via my LIVE subscription.  Nothing says Canadian than Hockey Night in Canada. Family bonding at it’s best. The following weekend I was in Amsterdam seeing the Amsterdam Music Festival.  Between October 25th and November 4th, I had a midterm break, a welcomed excuse to travel and drink more beer after a long month and a half of drinking beer.

View looking towards the North Sea from the Edinburgh Castle
To start my break, I flew to Edinburgh for two nights and met up with a long time friend from Canada. I was quite impressed with Edinburgh, the architecture is stunning and you won’t find tall, glass and unpleasant looking apartment buildings like you do in Toronto. The Friday I arrived in Edinburgh we decided to hike up Arthur’s seat, an unseeingly muddy expedition that caused me to impersonate a figure skater trying to regain his balance, but ultimately barreling hard down the muddy slopes of the mountain. That same Friday evening, we decided to take part in our hostels pub-crawl, where funny enough we were able to meet several other Canadians who went to same university and high school as my friend. Our night continued as any pub-crawl night does, with the exception of this last bar we went to, the name of which I forget. The theme of the bar was a mix between burlesque and what the French would call, a maĆ®tresse theme. The bar was a good time until a dwarf dressed in full dominatrix attire kept running between people’s legs and whipping them with a leather whip…

Oh waiter? Check please. I typically end my night at dwarfs with leather whips.

Visiting the other Humber Exchange students from Aberdeen
My midterm break continued with a trip up to Aberdeen on Sunday for two nights to visit friends from Humber College, all of who write for  Aberdeen was a real treat to visit especially with the girls showing me around. I don’t think my time in Aberdeen would have been as enjoyable as it was without the company of Angela, Brittany, and Shelby. It was also nice that one of them (who shall remain anonymous) enjoys late night McDonalds as much as I do!

Beach in Aberdeen
Midweek I continued down to Nottingham for a night to visit the same friend who had accompanied me to Edinburgh. Following Nottingham, I spent a day visiting my old house, school, and teachers from the days when I lived in Cobham, a small town southwest of London. This day I had by myself was probably the most memorable part of my trip since it brought back so many memories from when I was a child.

I ended my 10-day midterm break in London and Rome, where the beginnings of a 3-day long pizza and pasta diet ensued. I was able to get the names of some local Italian restaurants where I could enjoy the authentic Italian style of cooking without paying the tourist price. Didn’t end up saving me any money though because I would typically order two pasta dishes a night since the serving sizes didn’t meet my North American standards. Flying into Rome was entertaining as well because as it turns out, there are in fact people that DO still try and smoke in the lavatories while on the plane. Turns out our friend Mr. Smokey in aisle 9 couldn’t wait 45-minutes to land and decided to light up in the toilet. Needless to say, his flying experience ended like that of a Shakespearean novel: a tragedy (minus the death part). When we landed, police were waiting to escort Mr. Smokey off the plane. Not the best start to a vacation I’d imagine.

Paris, France

The following weekend (this brings us to the weekend of Nov. 8-10th) I flew to Paris where we were greeted for the better of two days with overcasts and showers. Luckily, on our last day, there it was, clear skies, and I was able to get those sweet touristy pictures. One thing that I learned while in Paris is that everyone expects you to speak French if you’re from Canada. Luckily I was travelling with a friend who is fluent, and tried to explain that only residents of Quebec speak French, and that all other provinces primarily speak English. I also learned that it is possible to get scammed out of 100 by a seemingly sweet little old French lady. In the words of Llyod from the movie Dumb and Dumber, “I got robbed by a sweet old lady on a motorized cart. I didn’t even see it coming.” That quote had never been so relatable until now.
The Eiffel Tower at sunset

This past weekend I was in London again with other Erasmus/International students from Waterford, and this marked my final weekend getaway. I’m not too sad about that though, I couldn’t be happier to stay put in Waterford for my remaining five weeks here. Seven weekends in a row of travelling (many of which required me to take the 1:30 a.m. bus to the Dublin airport, a 3 hr. journey in itself) is quite tiring. Moreover, this week marks the third last week of classes before exams, and I think everyone in Waterford is started feel the consequences of severe procrastination which has led many students very recently to spending all day in the library, or, finding peace of mind by drinking themselves into a Rob Ford stupor.

The Colosseum

If you’ve kept reading until this point, I applaud you in sticking with me. And if you’ve come this far, maybe you’re willing to read a little further? I promised at the beginning of this post a story regarding two Irish guys and a bus.

Let’s begin:

There were eight of us on a bus that takes you from Waterford to the Dublin airport, a three-hour journey that stops at several other small towns along the way. Our group all sat towards the back of the bus, each having their own two seats to themselves. In the very back of the bus sat our protagonists of this story. Let’s call them Irish 1 and Irish 2. Both Irish 1 & 2 looked to be between the ages of 19 and 22 and had pleasantly brought with them, a set of very portable, and very loud speakers on the bus. About thirty-minutes into our quiet journey, Irish 1 & 2 decide it would be a great idea to start playing loud, crude, ear torturing music for the back half of the bus to listen to.

Thanks Irish 1 & 2. I’m so happy you decided to play that golden oldie classic, My Heart Will Go On: Titanic Techno Remix for the back half of us to hear. After about 5 minutes of this torture, and realizing Irish 1 & 2 didn’t plan on stopping the music any time soon, I turned around and asked them in a polite yet stern voice if they could put on headphones if they wished to listen to their music (a sensible request in my opinion). Irish 1 & 2 responded to me in a manner like that of an angry sports fan when he disagrees with a call the ref has made (hint: uncalled for swearing). It took me no more than two seconds to realize I wasn’t going to reason with Irish 1 & 2. I moved to the front of the bus where it was quieter. At the next stop, with the music getting increasing louder and obnoxious, the bus driver finally was able to hear the music from the front of the bus and went back to exchange a few words with Irish 1 & 2.  This exchange of words happened twice, with our bus driver having to pull over the second time to go back and tell Irish 1 & 2 to turn off their music or they’d be thrown off the bus. Finally there was silence. Irish 1 & 2 had finally been reasoned with and couldn’t possibly be stupid enough to turn the music back on… oh waitwhat’s that I hear?

Turns our Irish 1 & 2 had now decided to play an assortments of percussion instruments with an App on their iPhone (over the loud speakers). Unfortunately this noise wasn’t loud enough for the bus driver to hear. At this point, I had had enough of Irish 1 & 2. I had decided it was time for them to leave.  The story finishes like this:
Me: (to the bus driver) Um, excuse me, I’m sorry to bother you while driving but Irish 1 & 2 have now switched from playing music to playing what I think are percussion instruments with a music App on their phone.
Driver: Do you have a flight to catch?
Me: Yes, I do… (pause)… but it’s not for another 4 hours, we have lot’s of time.
Driver: (turns left blinker on and make a HARD left towards the near missed exit taking us off the highway. Driver continues off highway towards The Middle of Nowhere, Ireland)
Irish 1: (Sensing something is terribly wrong due to the fact we’re not on the highway anymore, approaches the bus driver quickly) OYE! What’s going on! What’s going on!
Driver: I told you once, I told you twice, to stop playing that bloody music the bus, you’re gone!
Irish 1: I wasn’t playing music! What did he tell you (pointing at me)! I WAS PLAYING A GAME!!! A GAMMMEEE!!!
Driver: A game, music, don’t matter, you’ve been warned twice out! Out!!
Irish 2: But how are we going to get to Dublin!!! How!?! We’re in the middle of bloody-f’ing-nowhere!
Irish 1: At least drop us off at the next bus station!
Driver: You can get out here, or I’ll drop you off in the arms of the Garda Station (police station).
(Irish 1 & 2 exit the bus… in the middle of nowhere)
Kevin sits, smiles, and waves goodbye to Irish 1 & 2…
Justice is sweet.

Friday, November 1, 2013

How about Autumn in Korea?

 By Chloe Jang, Humber Student

My first fall in Canada is passing by me like an arrow, not giving me a change to even enjoy it. Because of mid-term exams, I couldn’t go outside to have fun this Autumn but, fortunately, I could watch the maple leaves change colour within the campus. To enjoy this weather, I often take a walk or eat outside during break time with my classmates. It is such a beautiful campus! Chu~!!

 People who aren’t aware of South Korea usually ask me how many seasons Korea has. Just like Canada, Korea has four seasons around the same time- meaning that in Korea, it is fall now as well. Today, I want to introduce to you the most beautiful season in South Korea with photos taken by Dan and me.

Even though Korea covers really small areas, it has various kinds of geographic settings such as mountains, rivers and the sea. So when leaves are beginning to turn, people visit the mountain from everywhere to watch the colour change and to enjoy the cool breeze. Once you go there, you meet brilliant colourful maple leaves as can be seen in the photos posted here.

Last year, Dan and I visited Naejang Mountain, designated as a national park. The national park is notable for its maple leaves, so it is always crowded by many tourists every autumn.

The admission fee to enter the park is reasonable and the park is well-organized and clean. There are not only a lot of trees, but also a wooded valley, a small lake, and a botanical garden. At the bottom of the mountain, you can enjoy diverse Korean traditional foods, which is an opportunity not to be lost!

If you are interested in the 'Temple Stay', you can apply for it at 'Naejangsa', one of the famous Buddhist temples in South Korea, located in the heart of the Naejang Mountain. You can also drop by to just take a look around and to take pictures if you would like.

I’m sure if you visit Naejang Mountain you won’t be sorry. Picturesque views in every place can be seen during Fall in Korea thanks to the beautiful weather.

In the future, I'll let you know of other nice places, as well as interesting cultural facts, foods, and environments of South Korea, just as I have today. See you! J

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Good luck, guys!

By Chloe Jang, Humber Student 

OMG!! Mid-term exams are coming!

I’ve heard fall is the most beautiful season in Canada; however, I have 7 tests and 4 assignments within 3 weeks. So nowadays I cannot help sleeping just maximum 3 or 4 hours for a day to deal with it. How tough it is!

Fortunately, thanks to late-night snacks, I could endure and enjoy this examination period. Only during exam time, I permit eating delicious things at night for myself. I usually enjoy eating chocolates, pies, fruits and coffee. So happy to eat them, especially at night! :D

There is a saying “Heaven helps those who help themselves.” I believe if we do our best, we will get corresponding results as a fruit of our efforts.

I wish you good luck.

See you soon with having good news guys! Bye!

Three Weeks In

By: Shelby Guertin, Humber's Study Abroad Student

Me and my crazy hair watching the sunset out our kitchen window,
because when we're not sleeping or doing touristy things,
we're looking at/taking pictures of the sun.
SURPRISE. We’ve been here for three weeks and I’m the only one who hasn’t managed to get a blog post done. Just kidding. Not surprised. We’ve just been having too many magical days in the sun; and maybe a few rainy days hiding in my room! Needless to say it’s been a big jumble of emotions! We’re finally settling into school and feeling less confused by everything. We figured out how to print things at school today so 10 points to Gryffindor! (Non HP fans please ignore all further posts from me). I’ll admit I had my doubts about RGU, and at times felt like I was never going to like it the way I love Humber. As my friend Brandon from home so eloquently put it, I’m feeling a little “Humb” sick.
Me in my obviously intentional "hiking attire"

Besides the ups and downs of being a total newbie in this country, we’ve been managing to enjoy ourselves! (Another surprising yet totally not surprising fact)

Felt like the golden trio carrying the horcrux from campsite to campsite
(again if Harry Potter references are not for you, you are not for me.)
Brittany posted a few photos from our amazing day at the beach/amusement park, and yesterday, we took a little bus ride (of the double decker variety of course) to Stonehaven. This little harbour town not far from Aberdeen is the home of a lovely old castle, some epic coastlines, and one heck of a hiking hill. We almost made it to the castle but had to leave early due to the fear of missing our bus back to Aberdeen; because really who wants to be stuck in Stonehaven overnight? Needless to say we had an amazing time and took some wonderful photos.
Brittany making her way to the birthplace
of Hercules/death place of Aslan

Today we really put our planning/mommy caps on and booked ourselves some trips! We’re going to London/Paris for nearly 2 weeks in November, and Rome for 4 days at the beginning of December. We’re quite possibly TOO excited about it. Seriously though, we’ve already made Facebook groups for the trips that I very quickly named with old Mary-Kate and Ashley movie titles. So that should explain a few things about the three of us. One of the most exciting things about these trips is that we will be going with our new friend Morgan! She’s also here for an exchange semester from Texas, and has fit in quite nicely with our ridiculous pre-existing trio (cue ironic use of “yolo” y’all).
One of the nicest places we'll ever see in real life!

We haven’t even been here a month and I can already hear myself using UK lingo when I get home, as we now queue to get into bars, live in a flat and…ok that’s honestly all I’ve caught myself saying so far but stay tuned. I’ll do my best to be a little more consistent with the posts though! But before I go, let me please mention that I won chocolate in our financial merchandising class today, so I really shouldn’t have anything to complain about (besides the lack of real bacon in this world but don’t even get me started on that!)
Until next time!!
Shelby xo"

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Travel Tales from Ireland

By: Kevin Marthinsen, Humber's Study Abroad Student

It’s scary to think that I am only two weeks away from the half way mark in my semester here in Ireland. I’m starting to feel the squeeze in weekends available for me to travel (it would be impolite for me to not take advantage of those RyanAir deals).

After a month of living overseas, it’s interesting to think about the things you miss about back home. Let’s start with something basic, 24hr grocery stores. If you’re someone like me who likes to do their grocery shopping at night, forget about it—24hr anything doesn’t exist here. KD, Hockey Night in Canada, roads with a diameter of more than 8 ft. and the TTC are also on that list. OK, now I know I have probably shocked a lot of you with that last one, but let me explain. Although the TTC is slow, unreliable and it assumes that we will stand there and wait like cattle, obedient cattle—after living in Waterford, you learn that there are in fact places in the world that make the TTC look like a godsend.

This brings me to my next observation of the Irish “culture.” In Ireland, there are two types of time: Standard time and Irish time. Let me explain the two. Standard time is how most people in the world would go about the hours in the day. If you are to say to someone you will meet them at 7 o’clock, it is presumed that you will arrive at 7 o’clock, or to some degree of variance.  In Ireland, if you have an appointment for 7 o’clock, you should assume that the appointment is at ANY hour after 7 o’clock to the discretion of the person whom you are meeting. You must also take into consideration that the appointment is most likely cancelled without you being aware. The same can be said for the buses that operate throughout Waterford. If the timetable says the bus arrives every 15 minutes, then you might as well multiply that number by five and then find the square root, and that is what time the bus will arrive.  

WIT is certainly a college that helps incoming students appreciate the services available back at their home university. Not to say I’m not enjoying my time here—because I am—but allow me to paint you a picture. To begin, let’s quickly talk about the registration process for classes. Think back to a movie in which the story revolves around a high school football team. At the end of the football try-outs, a piece of paper is pinned up in the hallway with all the names of the students who have made the team. Now try to imagine in your head all those who have tried out for the football team gathering around this sheet of paper at once in a disorderly manner. This process is exactly how course registration happens at WIT. Multiple pieces of paper with timetables of all the modules offered are pinned up on a board along a narrow hallway (and I stress the word ‘narrow’). Now imagine hundreds of students trying to push their way through the mob in order to copy down when and where their courses are. Here comes the best part—after you find all the courses you need and their respective time and location, the university changes it the next day, and this process repeats itself for an entire week. That is how course registration is done—a frantic mob of lunatics who lose all sense of sanity in hopes to enroll in the courses they need. In addition to this insane practice of course registration, international students like myself are not guaranteed enrollment in the courses we’ve requested prior to arriving. Before registering for a course, we must ask permission from the professor before class. Oh the humanity...

Now despite my small rant on the “unique” practices that are the Irish education system, I am enjoying the school, despite the differences I find between WIT and Humber College.

Moving on…

Over the last three weeks I have gone on three different trips around Ireland. The first was to the Cliffs of Moher, Ring of Kerry and Cork; the second, hiking the Comeragh Mountains; and the third, a day trip to Northern Ireland to visit Giants Causeway and the city of Belfast. My trip to the Cliffs of Moher ended up being a bust because of the poor visibility due to the fog. In hopes to salvage some of the trip, I decided I would try and see the Ring of Kerry all in the same day. After travelling for three hours down to Killarney, and driving 1/8th of the Ring, it wasn’t until I pulled over for gas that I learned from the gas attendant that the Ring of Kerry wasn’t a landmark of sorts that you could drive too and see all at once, but in fact a road that runs along the coast in the county of Kerry. Perhaps this is something I should have known before hand, and I hope I am not the only person who has made this mistake. After learning this vital piece of information about the non-existent landmark I had hoped to see, I realized it would be impossible to travel around the Ring of Kerry before dark. Two failed excursions later, I drove to Cork in desperate need of a Guinness.

My trip to Giants Causeway was spectacular. The coastal causeway route is stunning. We travelled on the nicest day I’ve seen in Ireland since I arrived. Before the trip I was able to spend a night in Dublin—the first time I’ve explored the city since my arrival. In the evening, I tried to find a pub that wasn’t located in the touristy part of town, but rather a small pub on a side street where I could mix and mingle with some of the locals. After finding a pub that fit this criteria, I was on my way inside before I was stopped by a man who tugged me on the shoulder and said, “Welcome to hell.” Following this statement he began to laugh in a raspy and hysterical manner. I didn’t understand what he meant by this comment. I didn’t think too much of it and figured he was just some crazy old man outside a pub who deliriously with drink spouting random jargon. It wasn’t until I walked into the pub that I realized he wasn’t lying; this had to be the worst pub in Ireland. Everyone in the pub had in some way completely lost their wits. Moreover, everyone in the pub was between the ages of 50 and 80 years old. You had one man screaming at the jukebox over his distaste for a song requested by the man before him; meanwhile, another man was berating me with his loathing for the British. Another gentleman approached us and spoke of his time in prison in northern Africa, which quickly lead to a story about how he once jumped out of his second floor window, naked, with a shotgun, in an attempted to apprehend a Ukrainian mobster who had come to his front door. If that wasn’t enough, you then had an old Asian man off to the side screaming at the Asian bartender in what appeared to be an argument about an unpaid Guinness and the undefined rules about smoking in the pub. “Welcome to hell”… I should have taken him seriously.

October is an exciting month for me. At the end of the month there is a midterm break at WIT and during this time I will be travelling around Europe. My first stop is Edinburgh. From there I go to Aberdeen for a couple days to visit friends (and current Humber students) studying there. I then make my way down to London for Halloween and Rome a few days later.

Until next time, ciao.

Monday, October 7, 2013

Sunday funday 20 day reflection

By: Brittany Mohns, Humber's Study Abroad Student

Today is the 20th day here in Aberdeen, and so far it has just felt like a vacation. I only started school on September 30th and it’s off to a slow start. Many schedule complications and one awkward mix up with the first class of the semester…. Sitting in a law class and not my fashion business course. Oops.
 As you can see in the back ground local kids are getting stoked, the weather was nice, but not "swim in the ice cold sea" nice. 

According to many locals the weather we have been experiencing here so far is very rare, and that we should take advantage. So us three Canadian girls have brought the sun to Aberdeen and take advantage we did.

We spent a day down by the sea taking pictures, eating fish and chips, and stumbled across a cute carnival for a casual Ferris wheel ride, one of the best days here so far.
By: Brittany

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Meet Diane Simpson- Dean, International!

Humber College and I have been together since 1998: I came to Humber as a post-graduate student in our International Development program and then joined the Business School to manage international programming within the school.

The countries that have seen me: I have visited a number of countries throughout South and Central America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa and Asia

I can’t do without these cuisines: Hmmmm that is a hard one – I love all cuisines, if I had to choose a favourite I guess it would be Japanese.

What human qualities does Humber College represent?

According to Diane, Humber College is nurturing. It is here to ensure your success!

Take my word: "During your time in Toronto, make sure that you do one thing that you never would have imagined doing before - this could be skating or skiing or learning a new language or skill. Embrace your time here and enjoy!"

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

My postgraduate program is just starting to set in!

By Chloe Jang, Humber Student

I began taking the Human Resources Management course at Lakeshore campus after waiting for 4 months. During the 4 months, I had such a blissful time by traveling, participating in a Leadership camp at Humber, doing volunteer work and so on, however, I always looked forward to joining a Canadian real academic course since I came to Canada. The day before the first day of class, I couldn’t even sleep very well because I was so excited and yet worried.
The Business School orientation took place on September 3rd; there were a large number of peers in the auditorium with hopeful smiles. After a kicking performance by Humber students majoring in Music, orientation started. It included valuable information about Humber from academic information to personal help. I strongly recommend that Humber newbies do not miss their academic orientation..
In my class there are almost 50 classmates and 7 faculty members who are responsible for this program. All of them are so kind and passionate, which makes me feel motivated. The lectures are quite fast compared to classes in the EAP program, but thanks to EAP I’m able to keep up with them so far. Well, sometimes I have a difficulty when I talk with my classmates even in general conversation, because almost them are natives, but I believe my English is getting way better as time goes by.
It’s just a new beginning. I hope I make go of my studies and go forward to a better future having the same present positive perspective. Break your leg, guys. Good luck with you. J

First Week In Scotland!

By: Brittany Mohns, Humber's Study Abroad Student

I have been in Scotland for almost a week and am already falling in love with the city and all the people I’ve interacted with. Shelby, Angela and I quickly decided we will miss it here a lot when the exchange comes to an end in December.
We haven’t started school yet so our days are spent venturing around the city discovering new shops, cool spots for pictures, different food, and of course cheap pints.

Not being in constant contact with people back in Canada has been the biggest adjustment, and being slightly addicted to social media not having a functioning iPhone is like going through mild withdrawal.   

The up-coming week will be all about figuring out the technical details of our stay here with many meetings at the University, because our time in Aberdeen IS for our studies…right?

Monday, September 16, 2013

Behind the Faces at the Humber International Centre

A bit of anxiety and loads of excitement await you as you set foot into Humber College.

Here, you will meet new people, experience different cultures, walk new roads and feel a fresh wave of excitement.

Humber College boasts of a strong international community that thrives on student and staff diversity, coupled with local Canadian flavor. Its staff and teachers strive to build an interactive student community and ease your transition into the new academic life.

You may have Google-d your classmates, your teachers and everything else about the College. You may have by now already seen a lot of new faces. While it is difficult to keep track of all the new names and faces at College, those that you cannot get over are that of the International Centre staff! Remember the ones you interacted with prior to securing admission to Humber College? The Interactional Centre! Don’t you want to see the real faces behind those voices?

Let’s read a bit about them, right from their mouth!
You have interacted with the International Centre staff either through web or on phone. These guys have handled your admission process and have had you in mind, at least during their office hours. It is but natural both for you and the staff member to have attached a certain face to each other’s names, based on the interactions. A pleasant face who wrote you a congratulatory email; or a grumpy one that constantly reminded you of your missing documents?

Whosesoever face that may be; there is someone, from some part of the world, who is gorging on some exotic lunch and thinking in their mother-tongue, that is writing to you from out there… here, the International Centre.

What makes the International Centre international?

Is it the different countries represented in here?

Is it the different languages spoken here?

Is it the delightful exotic snacks served at the back office?

It’s a bit of these and a lot more. It’s the coming together of different people, cultures, reasoning and regional perspectives on one table… actually, many tables. It’s their ability to understand, address and take care of international student community, and the motivation to handle individual concerns, needs, doubts and inhibitions.

Here’s an exclusive peek at our International Centre staff that will be with you through your academic journey!

So, let’s see them all, one by one!

International Recruitment Team

Meet Linda Chao: Manager - International Recruitment
Humber College and I have been together for: 8 years
The countries that have seen me: China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Philippines, Thailand, India, Russia, Dubai, Kuwait, Oman, Trinidad, Jamaica, St. Vincent and USA, UK, Italy, France, Germany, Holland
I can’t do without these cuisines: Vietnamese Pho, Chinese Peking duck, Japanese Sashimi, and Korean BBQ
What human qualities does Humber College represent?
According to Linda, Humber College is very thoughtful about what you need, in both academic and personal wellbeing. It also strives to provide the best services!
Take my word: "Dress up and have a “treat or trick” at Halloween. You have probably never experienced it in your country. It is fun and you get lots of treats like candies in the end!"

Meet Amanda Koski: Manager- International Recruitment

Humber College and I have been together for: 12.5 years 

The countries that have seen me: I've been to 50 countries around the world. Not every continent yet, though! So far: Asia, North and South America, Africa, and Europe. Countries ranging from St. Lucia to Uruguay to Malaysia to Russia to Mexico.

I can’t do without these cuisines: My favourite cuisine depends on my mood: usually Thai, Indian, or Sushi, but sometimes in the summer there's nothing better than a nice fresh salad or piece of fruit!

What human qualities does Humber College represent?

According to Amanda, Humber would be like an unexpected visit to your favourite relative's house. You are always welcomed, and sometimes there are unexpected surprises!

Take my word: "Dare to step outside of your comfort zone! Whether that means approaching that unknown student in the cafeteria, riding a challenging ride at Canada's Wonderland, or tasting some new cuisine, get out and experience all that Humber and Toronto have to offer!"

Meet Tania Spoljaric-Sherwood: Manager- International Recruitment

Humber College and I have been together for: 4 years

The countries that have seen me: India, Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, China, Croatia, Romania, England, Egypt, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Syria, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Guyana, Dominican Republic, the United States, South Africa, Iceland, Germany, and Greece

I can’t do without these cuisines: Mediterranean

What human qualities does Humber College represent?

According toTania, Humber exemplifies honesty, trust, reliability, stamina, and endurance.

Take my word: "Don't sweat the small things in life. Put your energy into the bigger things that you're most passionate about."

Meet Rebecca Fitzgerald: Study Abroad Officer

Humber College and I have been together for: 1 year

The countries that have seen me: Japan, Eritrea, Iceland, Ghana, Egypt, South Korea, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, England, Ireland, Greece, Scotland, and the United States. 

I can’t do without these cuisines: Japanese, Greek, Lebanese, Indian, and Ethiopian

What human qualities does Humber College represent?

According to Rebecca, Humber represents a garden tended by gardeners of every gender and ethnicity. A garden that will only grow and flourish through dedication of skills, time, passion, and creativity and that will reward new skills, memories, friends, and career prospects.

Take my word: "Say 'yes!' to any invitation that you receive - within reason! In other words, make every effort to experience as much as you can. Aim to create memories that will last for your lifetime. Your opportunities to learn and grow are not limited to within the walls of a classroom."

Meet Helene Espinosa: International Recruitment Coordinator 

Humber College and I have been together for: 14 years

The countries that have seen me: England, Mexico, the United States, Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia

I can’t do without these cuisines: I have no favourites- I enjoy cooking and eating

What human qualities does Humber College represent?
According to Helene, Humber was like an older sibling when she was a student, always guiding her and showing her the right path. Later, after her getting her first real job at Humber, Humber was like a mother to her, always showing pride and confidence in her. Now, Helene feels that Humber offers peace and fulfillment, relating to all aspects of life.
Take my word:  "Always do what you like no matter how meaningless it looks to others...who goes to work happy will enjoy life more than the one who gets the biggest pay!"
Meet Reema Patel: International Recruitment Coordinator

Humber College and I have been together for: 5 years

The countries that have seen me: Kenya, Tanzania, The United States, India, England, The Netherlands, and Mauritius
I can’t do without these cuisines: Italian, Mexican, and Indian

What human qualities does Humber College represent?

According to Reema, Humber represents many human qualities: respect, kindness, understanding, and support related to not only academic, but personal growth. The diversity of all campuses creates a compassionate and friendly atmosphere where everyone feels welcomed and at home.

Take my word: "Make the most of your time here in Canada. Focus on academic success by studying well, but take the time to enjoy all the activies and things the city offers. Step out of the box, make new friends, experience the diverse cultures found at Humber and in Toronto, and you'll gain a lifetime of memories and special moments. Have fun!"

Meet Jennifer Zhang: Liaison/International Recruitment Officer

Humber College and I have been together for: 3.5 years

The countries that have seen me: England, Switzerland, Spain, the United States, China, and Korea

I can’t do without these cuisines: Asian

What human qualities does Humber College represent?

According to Jennifer, Humber is friendly, committed, devoted, open-minded, energetic, enthusiastic, and honest.

Take my word: "Sail on Lake Ontario and go hiking!"

Meet Kyoung Heo (Sydney): International Office Clerk

Humber College and I have been together for: 3 years

The countries that have seen me: Australia, South Korea, the United States
I can’t do without these cuisines: Japanese

What human qualities does Humber College represent?

According to Kyoung, Humber College is very welcoming and informative. It is very open-minded. Humber is a good listener and is always there to help you with your problem.

Take my word: "Try everything! Go out there, meet new people, volunteer, get to the know the Canadian culture and the Canadian experience!"

Meet Juan Cisneros: International Purchasing and Shipping Analyst

Humber College and I have been together for: 2 years

The countries that have seen me: Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, France, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Spain, and the United States

I can’t do without these cuisines: Mexican- I love the real street tacos you can find in Mexico and Mexican dishes like mole, chiles en ahogada, and enchiladas

What human qualities does Humber College represent?

According to Juan, Humber is the energetic and friendly person always willing to meet new people and learn new things. One main quality is that it is adaptable to current circumstances.

Take my word: "Go to the trips organized by the International Centre. These trips are affordable, you can have a lot of fun, and they are an excellent opportunity to make new friends."