By Liban AbdiThis article originally appeared in Humber EtCetera on 7th November 2014.
International students at Humber College often come to rely on the services of the International Centre and the help of student advisors, said Matthew Keefe, International [Student] Advisor.
|Students at the International Centre|
“On a day-to-day basis we help our students with things such as permits and immigration status,” said Keefe. “We also provide them with experiences such as trips in order for them to enjoy their stay here.”
|Trip to The CN Tower|
These services are crucial for these students in order for them to be able to focus on their studies, Keefe believes.
“It means a lot to me for them to be helping me with all of my issues. They do their best to make sure you can focus on your studies, ” said 22-year-old accounting student Miguel Vazquez.
The Centre was created in order to help international students here at Humber adjust to their new home environments.
|Connect Buddy Program|
“Having worked here for five years now I know how the programs such as the ConnectBuddy program, which pairs a new international student with a returning student, can help students adjust,” said Keefe.
“We do all these things to make the transition as easy as possible. That’s our main goal, ” he said
Students who have used the services at the Centre say they understand the staff there care about their success.
|International Booth at Humber Concourse|
“I know that they have my best interest in mind. They do everything they can in order for me to be successful, ” said 21-year-old nursing student Zainib Mohamed.