Friday, November 14, 2014

Student Success Story: Ryan Wibowo (Indonesia)

Name: Ryan Wibowo
Home Country: Indonesia
Humber Program: Film and Media Production

For Ryan, studying abroad was something of a forgone conclusion, because the opportunities for film production are limited in his native Indonesia compared with those abroad. After having researched a number of different colleges around the world, Ryan chose the Film Media and Production program at Humber, because of its global reputation and because of the way the course design supports students’ learning processes: some other film programs are just about history and theory, and others are just about practice, but Humber’s program balances these elements while focusing on students getting into the industry and using the skills being learned. As Ryan explains, “it’s important for graduates to able to walk straight into jobs, so learning what it’s going to be like in the field is crucial. The course is really detailed in this way.”

Ryan looking at something


Despite this being his first time studying abroad, Ryan has been relaxed about his new venture, much to the surprise of his parents. That’s not to say that it hasn’t been without its challenges. Not only is it Ryan’s first time living away from home but he’s also had to contend with Toronto’s toughest winter in 25 years, something which is very different from the climate he was used to back home. 

However, it’s the people that have really helped Ryan establish himself. “Coming to Canada is pretty hard, as I live here alone and have no family, so I have had to adapt to everything. But the people in Canada are really friendly and everyone wants to help. That makes things a lot easier.”

Filming Nature
Filming Nature
The International Centre at Humber has also been an important factor in helping Ryan settle in. Right from his first week, the International Centre has helped with not only his orientation, in terms of knowing where to go and understanding his program, but also with the international entrance scholarship it awarded him. “The International Centre really helped considerably with my scholarship and with directing me how to apply,” he says.

Ryan producing a video recording
Ryan producing a video recording
As Ryan explains, the money has been a real help. “When you’re first living away from home and you’re in another country, expenses like groceries can be a challenge. The extra money has been a great boost.”

Filming Nature

The core skill Ryan believes he has learned from his first year in Canada is communication. Of course, this has helped him get to know people at Humber, but it has also helped him make connections and get work. Over the summer, he filmed a commercial for the Humber Writing Centre, which came from the connections he’d made on his course. He feels that this is an invaluable skill that will really help him in his future career as he moves towards his ideal role of doing film production on a movie set, and ultimately to becoming a director.

Ryan doing an audio check
Ryan doing an audio check 
When asked his key advice for international students looking to come to Humber, Ryan says, “Open yourself to everything. Don’t always hang out with people from your country, as that doesn’t help you adapt. Canada is really diverse, and everybody wants to help you, so talk to everyone you can.”

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