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!"