Monday, June 29, 2015

Humber’s St.Vincent Connection

Earlier this year, Humber representative Emily Mancuso was in Kingstown, St. Vincent to host a recruitment seminar. While there, she had the pleasure of attending a dinner hosted by the local Humber alumni association. 

“It was wonderful to hear stories of what Humber was like at the very beginning. These fiercely proud alumni were some of the very first international students to attend Humber! All are doing well, and have led successful careers and built prominent businesses here in St. Vincent.”

 St. Vincent Alumni Dinner with banners
from the 1970s and 2015
The St. Vincent connection was encouraged by former Humber staff member Doris Tallon. Doris helped establish funding for students from St. Vincent, and the alumni association in St. Vincent is working to start that tradition again.

Monday, June 22, 2015

Passport to Success

By: Komal NandaBusiness – Accounting (Home country: India)

While studying at Humber College, I wanted to get socially involved on campus and take part in different co-curricular activities offered by the International Centre and other departments. I volunteered for four departments at Humber. I was also a Senior Connect Buddy at the International Center.

By the end of my first semester, Matthew McDonald, an international student advisor, introduced me to the “Passport to Success” Program. This program is designed to encourage full-time Humber students to become more engaged in their overall experience at Humber College. Students gain points by attending workshops and activities that will develop their skills, experiences and attitude. Each activity and workshop is worth 1 point. This program has four level to be earned – Starter (4 points), Bronze (6 points), Silver (8 points) and Gold (10 points). Starter(s) will get $5 Tim Horton’s card, Bronze will entered to win a $50 gift card, Silver will be entered into a $100 gift card and Gold will be entered for a $300 gift card.

Komal receiving her Statement of Achievement
from two international student advisors

This program best suited my interest, and I participated in my second, third and fourth semesters. Moreover, I achieved the highest level (Gold) by getting 10 points from all of my semesters. Luckily, I also got $300 gift card in my last semester!  I mainly participated in the Learning skills workshops, International Events and Trips, HSF Volunteer Crew and other activities on campus. While participating in all these activities, not only did I make new friends but I also improved my leadership and interpersonal skills. This program motivated me to take part in more and more activities on campus and develop my skills.

Komal also won a $300 Passport to Success
draw in her final semester

I would encourage all current Humber students to take part in this program. You will not only develop your skills while taking part in workshops and activities but you will also get incentive by completing certain points. The incentive is not just the draw. You will also earn a statement of achievement and get a reference letter!

Some of the Winter 2015 Passport to
Success High Achievers

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

We Want You To Volunteer for 2015 Orientation

Would you like to challenge your leadership style? Do you want to enhance your communication skills? Feeling like meeting new people? We Got You!

Join our Orientation Family!

We are looking for energetic and positive Humber students to join the team. Orientation is a great way to build new friendships and to share your experiences with incoming students. You will be creating a dynamic and enthusiastic environment, facilitating group icebreakers, mingling with new Humber students, guiding campus tours, and more!

As an Orientation Volunteer, you will participate in Academic Orientation taking place September 1st – 3rd and in Welcome Week taking place September 8th – 10th. You’ll also get to participate in a two-day training program on August 27th and 28th.

Being an Orientation Volunteer also comes with some perks! As a Volunteer, you will…

Have a chance to win a prize of $2000 or $1000 towards tuition*
Receive a Certificate of Participation signed by the Dean of Students
Receive exclusive Orientation Team Gear (includes shirt, bag, lanyard, candy, and more!)
Be recognized at a Volunteer Appreciation & Awards Dinner
Be entered into draws for incredible prizes**
Take part in exciting social events planned just for you!
Participate in the Volunteer Recognition Program (Be recognized by your peers for your work during Orientation)
Receive a notation on your Co-Curricular Record

Interested? To find out more info and to apply, visit

Apply before July 1 to be entered into the Early Bird Prize Draw!**

If you have any questions please contact
*A minimum of 40 Volunteer hours is required to qualify
**Volunteers must work at least one shift to qualify for draws

Monday, June 15, 2015

North York tourism student is taking on the world

By: Clark Kim

This article originally appeared on on May 4, 2015.

Sargam Yagnik
First stop is Dubai for travel fellowship winner Sargam Yagnik

Selected as one of three students in the world for a unique fellowship program, Sargam Yagnik will be traveling to eight countries in six weeks.

The Weston Road and Finch Avenue area resident applied for the Around the World in 80 Hours Student Fellowship Programme, which she described as a “crash course in corporate travel.”

“I wanted to work with an international company and have the opportunity to learn about things all over the world,” said Yagnik, who will be graduating this year from the hospitality and tourism operations program at the Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning.

After an intensive interview process, Yagnik will be able to do just that through the program presented by the Association of Corporate Travel Executives (ACTE) and sponsored by BCD Travel.

She leaves May 15 for Dubai, then travels to Sao Paulo, Beijing, Bangalore, Amsterdam and Atlanta to attend industry networking meetings, conferences and events.

Yagnik added that France and Belgium were just added to her itinerary as well.

She learned of the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity through her program co-ordinator at Humber.

“I was told it was very competitive,” Yagnik recalled.

But it seems the combination she had of education, management experience and a love for travel helped her get chosen for the program along with two other students from Denmark and United Arab Emirates.

“Around the World in 80 Hours Student Fellowships are awarded to distinguished university students who demonstrate an exceptional interest in corporate travel management and a commitment to working in the global business travel industry,” said Amber Kelleher, ACTE managing director of global engagement, in a statement.

“Corporate travel management is not a career choice that many students know about, so this program helps build awareness of an alternative career path.”

Yagnik realized she wanted to work in the tourism industry after backpacking in Australia, New Zealand and Asia, and living in Switzerland for four months, all after graduating from York University with a sociology degree.

“I want to travel for work,” she said. “It was exactly what I was looking for.”

Monday, June 8, 2015

Bidding Adieu!

 By: Ishita Ghelani, Marketing Management student at Humber College

 This article originally appeared on i-studentglobal on May 19, 2015.

Ishita has left her home in India to study for a Postgraduate Certificate in Marketing Management at the Humber Institute of Technology and Advanced Learning in Canada.

It was almost two years back when I decided to come to this beautiful country to pursue my higher education. After seeing the beautiful Lakeshore campus at Humber College, I needed no time to decide to study here. Ever since, I have enjoyed coming to college – yes, even when it was crazy cold in winter!

These two years have been a priceless experience and journey for me. From making the first international trip to learning how to cook to working, the journey has taught me a lot. I was a bit of a pampered spoilt brat when back home. I am no more proud of it as my respect towards people who make their own living at such a young age has increased tremendously.

At Humber, I not only met people from all walks of life and different countries, but also made great friends with whom I will continue to stay in touch after the school ends. They have quickly become an integral part of my life. The time spent working on school assignments was thoroughly enjoyable and less stressful only because it was with my friends.

Working on school assignments was thoroughly enjoyable

I will definitely miss coming to school and seeing their faces every day.  As a class, we have decided to meet up at least once a month and I will be communicating with my immediate close friends every second day and we shall try to meet as often as possible.

Seeing their faces every day!

Before coming to Canada, I had dreamed of travelling and exploring new places as much as possible. Like every international student, I too took some time to get used to the transit system and the lifestyle here. But, Humber made my dream of travelling and exploring new places come true, in my very first week as I was able to go to Niagara Falls with them. The International Centre at Humber College plans a lot of trips each month for students like me. The list of places I have travelled with them and with my friends has continued to grow ever since.

Humber College plans a lot of trip! 

Exploring new places
I wasn't very confident about studying two postgrad programs from the same school as I was afraid of getting a very similar experience and not learning anything new. However, I don't regret my decision of continuing to study at Humber as both my experiences have been very rich and different in its own way. One thing that was common to both the programs was the great professors, who always made it worthwhile for us to get up and attend class every day at 8 AM. They are not the typical professors, who would come in with a set schedule and teach their matter as quickly as possible. Instead, they are just like us – normal human beings, who would pretty much adjust to our mood swings. Yes, you read it right – if we are too sleepy to do something serious, they would quickly make our sessions fun and teach us something we would enjoy that day.

Watching the Lakeshore Campus of Humber College through various seasons is just blissful! Even the days when it used to snow heavily, it would just look heavenly. I remember throwing tiny snowballs at my friends after class just for fun! I don’t know how, but we would always land up doing assignments until the last minute. Fortunately, the campus support services are amazing at Humber. It would never have been possible if the library and common spaces weren’t open for students like us till the wee hours of the night!

 Just blissful!

I was lucky enough to get an opportunity to gain some "Canadian" experience in my field of interest – marketing! Canadian experience is highly valued here and is always given more preference as compared to the work experience you may have from back home. I am hoping that this experience will come in handy and will act as an asset in getting a job in Canada.

The working culture here is pretty different from in India. In India, it is very difficult to have a work-life balance, as we work longer hours compared to Canada. Also, Canada’s system is well structured and everyone’s role is well defined here. I have definitely learnt that it is okay to have other priorities after work hours. Everyone's personal career goals and interests are equally respected here.

I have decided to stay in Canada and make it my home in the near future. Only the future can tell if I will continue to stay in Toronto or continue my journey in some other city in Canada. Without being too rigid I would like to go with the flow and concentrate on looking primarily for a job in marketing. So, until I find a job or until I do anything interesting worth sharing, I am bidding adieu to my readers as well!  

Thursday, June 4, 2015

We Are Hiring!

Purpose: The International Student Ambassador program is designed to assist new and returning International Students with adjusting to college life in Canada as well as to grow the Humber International Centre to meet the diverse needs of students around the world.

We are looking for candidates who have a strong work ethic and are self motivated.  An International Student Ambassador is a very important piece of the Humber International Team; successful candidate(s) will demonstrate the drive and enthusiasm needed to ensure future students success here at Humber College.

Required Training
Ongoing on-the-job training

Required Duties

General Office Duties (75% of Job Responsibilities)
Creating event posters
Completing data entry and filing
Working closely with office staff and other International Student Ambassadors.
Helping respond to e-mail inquiries

Trips, Events, and Workshops
Attending scheduled trips and act as a Humber staff representative
Helping to facilitate semester Meet N’ Greet events
Attending scheduled workshops
Participating and helping to plan/promote our International Education Week (IEW) events
Giving campus tours to new students.
Covering for our front desk staff and working with students coming into the Centre.

Airport Pick-ups
Travelling to the airport to pick up international students arriving in Canada
Assisting student with getting to the residence and registering, picking up their keys and making sure they get to their rooms

Social Media
Working with the International Centre team on different initiatives which encompass skills such as: Writing/Blogging, Photography, Videography, Graphic Design, Event Planning/Execution, Marketing and Community Outreach.


No. of Positions: 2 - 4 at the Lakeshore Campus, 2-4 at the North Campus
Hours: 5 – 24 hours per week (dependent on need)
Rate of Pay: $11.00 per hour
Tentative Start Date: June 22, 2015
Application Deadline:  Friday June 12th, 2015 at 8:00 a,m.

Benefits of being an International Student Ambassador
Helping others make connections to the College
Gaining valuable work experience for your career portfolio
Being looked at as a leader and mentor in the international community at Humber

Currently enrolled and in good academic standing
Full-time Humber student (with at least 2 full semesters remaining at Humber – 1st semester students are encouraged to apply)
Motivated self-starter
Excellent verbal and written communication skills (English)
Skills in other languages are highly desired
Strong leadership and mentorship skills
Comfortable working in a flexible environment
Experience with social media, writing/blogging, photography, videography, graphic design, event planning/execution and/or marketing and community outreach are considered assets for this role.

If you are an enthusiastic leader, motivated self-starter and excited about this job opportunity, please forward your (1) resume, (2) cover letter and (3) one showcase piece (e.g., photographs, videos, graphic design, or blog) to the appropriate contact at your campus. Please include your student number and timetable with your application. (If you are currently on a scheduled break, that's OK, too. Just make that clear to us.)


Matthew Keefe
International Student Advisor


Matthew McDonald
International Student Advisor

If you require assistance preparing or updating your cover letter and/or resume, then we encourage you to ask for assistance from the Humber Career Centre.

Monday, June 1, 2015

We are making a difference around the world

By: Sara Laux,Communications Manager
This article originally appeared on Humber Today on May 6, 2015. 

Humber health sciences students spend Reading Week in Guatemala

For 10 students in Humber's nursing, practical nursing and early childhood education--advanced studies in special needs programs, this year's Reading Week was one they'll never forget.

The team travelled to an orphanage in Guatemala, accompanied by Humber nursing professor Francisca Burg-Feret, a pediatrician and a family physician, where they helped perform health assessments on the children at the orphanage. They also travelled to remote areas of the country to hold a series of health clinics.

Watch the video to learn more about their experience.