Thursday, July 31, 2014

August 2014 International Student Services Events

Matthew McDonald is one of Humber College’s four international student advisors. While he helps all of Humber’s international students, he takes special responsibility for helping Business School students at the North Campus. Read more about him and other recent additions to the Humber International Centre team here.

Are you part of the #selfie craze? I am! As you can see in the photo above, some of us at Humber have started taking our own selfies and sharing them on Twitter with the hashtags #humberselfie and #internationalselfie. The above photo was taken at the North Campus Meet & Greet in May 2014. (There was a similar Lakeshore Campus event, too! Check back soon for my next post about our September 2014 International Meet & Greet!)

My #HumberSelfie from our July trip to Ripley's Aquarium
Yes, I like taking a #humberselfie #internationalselfie with students and colleagues, but that’s only one part of the fun to be had the Humber International Centre. I particularly love participating in events with international students, sharing in the experience of discovering Canada and meeting new people.

This August, because we want to help new international students make new friends, get comfortable in Toronto, and relax before starting school, the Humber International Centre has organized plenty of events! These events will be attended by new and returning Humber students and are a great opportunity to meet other students who might be willing to share tips for success!
August 2013 trip to Wasaga beach
The first event we have planned is the Wasaga Beach Hangout. Wasaga Beach is located in a provincial park, so the water and sand are safe and clean. I’m looking forward to this trip, because it will be my first ever visit to Wasaga! Will you join me in discovering its 14 km of shoreline? Well, truthfully, I’ll probably just find a nice sandy place to park for the day…

Then, from August 22 to 24, my colleague Matthew Keefe is taking students camping in Algonquin Park. This small trip is a great opportunity to develop quality friendships while having a quintessential Canadian experience: canoeing, building campfires, and wrestling bears… Just kidding! Our experienced tour guides will offer advice to help keep everyone safe! Then again, Matthew Keefe will probably scare the campers at night! That’s his special way of supporting students! He calls it “building character.”

The week of  August 25 is Orientation week! New students need to register for and attend their academic orientation, but we have an important session just for international students. New students should register for and attend the International Students’ Welcome.

Photo Credit: Transit Toronto
If you aren’t scheduled for academic orientation, you should join us on Wednesday, August 27 for a free guided tour of two of my favourite parts of Toronto: Chinatown and Kensington Market. This trip is also a good opportunity to learn how to use the TTC, Toronto’s public transportation system, because we’ll be travelling there together by bus and subway from both Humber campuses.

As if that wasn’t enough, Matthew Keefe is taking a group to the Canadian National Exhibition (CNE) on August 29! Do you like carnival rides? Food trucks!? Sugar, salt, and a heart attack on a stick? #YOLO! CNE has it all! Just be careful if you eat the infamous cronut (with a maple bacon condiment!) Don’t say you weren’t warned!

Finally, on August 30, we’re going shopping! You might need new clothes for a Canadian Autumn (aka Fall as some may say here), or you might need things for your new home! Maybe you just love shopping! Whatever the reason, you are welcome to join our team of international student ambassadors on the Vaughan Mills Shopping Trip.

Photo Credit: Toronto Life
For each trip, please remember to register in advance. The registration instructions are provided on each Facebook event page.

I hope to see you at one or more of our events this August! We can take a #humberselfie #internationalselfie together!

Just don’t wear yourself out—we have more events planned for September, including trips to Niagara Falls and the CN Tower!

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