Monday, July 27, 2015

Humber Goes Global: Mia in California

Name: Mia Harris
Program: Guelph-Humber Bachelor of Applied Science in Kinesiology
Year of Study: Third 

Motivation to go abroad: The opportunity was presented to me by one of my fellow professors and it sounded like a wonderful experience. Ever since I was young it has been my dream to travel to California and when this trip was presented to us I did not want to pass it up. Plus, the itinerary sounded amazing- really guided towards activities that related to our program.

Highlights: One of the greatest experiences, for me at least, about this trip was we went to the U.S. Olympic Training centre and got to ride BMX bikes on their professional BMX racetrack. We were instructed by professional BMX rider Tyler Brown who was a great teacher, super encouraging and really supportive. Definitely one of the most scariest and thrill-seeking experiences I have ever had.

Memorable moments: The view of the mountains. They almost didn't look real- kind of like a backdrop from a movie. They were absolutely breathtaking and pictures of them didn't do justice.

How has going abroad helped you as a person: I feel going abroad has helped me develop more of my independence and. Being able to venture and explore on your own and take initiative into your own itinerary has allowed me to evolve and incorporate that independence into my everyday life now. Also it has exposed me more to the world. We get so close-minded living in one area for a long period of time that we forget what else is out there. Studying abroad has made me want to travel more and learn about our world.

How has going abroad has/will shape your future career: Now that I've travelled abroad it has inspired me to partake in an internship somewhere in a different country (California would be nice). It has opened my eyes up to how different our countries are and that people have different methods and practices on how to do things; there isn't just one set away of how things are done and I think it's neat to be able to experience and learn different philosophies and perspectives. Also it allows for networking and making connections with people to get/give contact information for possible career opportunities. 

Advice: Do it. Do it while you're young. Take any opportunity you can get. Don't worry about the money. If you're going to be in debt, might as well enjoy yourself. Plus, if you were to do any of these trips on your own it would be much more costly. And cost shouldn't be a deciding factor. Their are ways to get around it, and I assure you it is totally worth it.

Monday, July 13, 2015

How to Survive Full-time Study and a Part-time Job

By: Tiara Samosir, Journalism student at Humber College

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

Tiara is a journalism student
at Humber.
She grew up in Jakarta,
Indonesia. Tiara is a budding
film critic, eager to express
 her opinions!

With college tuition rates on the rise and job-hunting tougher than the Hunger Games, many of us are juggling between our full-time studies and a part-time job during our time in college. As much as we want to narrow down our focus to one, never-ending bills and other needs make it impossible to leave our job.

In addition to that, there are even more struggles that we have to deal with. As an international student who has traveled approximately 10,000 miles and lives on my own to study, I understand the struggles of culture shock and homesickness. In fact, until this moment I still miss my mom’s homemade lasagna and family weekly movie time. But one thing that we need to keep in mind is that we have to put those struggles as our strengths. Not everyone is as lucky as us to have the opportunity to study abroad in a country that embraces multiculturalism and having a job in the meantime. Looking at how much stuff we have and will miss out on, doing the best we can at school is an obligation.

“My mandatory college kit: laptop, note book and agenda.”

Here’s what I believe, surviving years in college is more than just managing your time. It’s more about managing your life. You’ve passed High School, which means you’ve done your preparation in stepping into the real world. But before you do so, you’ll get a trial, and that trial is what college is all about.

From someone who managed to survive a nine-course semester, a part-time job, and few on-call volunteer works, I believe I’m qualified to tell you how I did it.

“Newsroom and Reporter Passes.”

“This is only half of my journalism fam!”

Write down your goal.

All of your hard work, tears and sleepless nights would be meaningless if you don’t know what you want to achieve. Before making the decision, make sure you know what your goal is and the decision you’re about to make is getting you closer to it.

“My first article reporting for Humber Et Cetera!”

“January 23, 2015. Reporting TTC 2015 Customer Charter
 for Humber News at Bloor and Yonge Subway Station.”

Writing it down helps to create a vision of you achieving your goal, and that vision will give you that anxious, exciting feeling that you have to get it. A goal should be very personal because you are the one who will be working on it and achieving it. You can write “World Peace” or “Becoming the Next President” if you want, or you can write simple goals such as “Graduating with AT LEAST 75 per cent average” like I did. The reason I wrote that wasn’t because I didn’t dream as big as you, but because I had to put a time frame of when I should accomplish mine, and since I came here to study, I put that as my goal.

For me personally, I do this because this helps me to plan my next move and what needs to be done in order to be closer to my goal. If you have more than one goal, don’t worry. As long as those goals are realistic and achievable in the given time frame, write them down. Write them down everywhere.

“Two of my journalism problems ....”

Be mentally ready.

At first, you’d think having a part-time when you’re in school is a normal thing to do. You go to school on weekdays and work in the weekends. It’s doable. Everybody does it. It’s true, but there will be some hard days when you’re tired or an exam is coming up and you wish you’re somewhere else. Those moments are crucial. If you don’t have the mentality that you need to be at work because of the long-term goal you’re on your way to achieve, you’ll start slacking and looking for a reason to skip work.

It’s important to know what you will be dealing with before putting yourself into it. My mom always tells me, “It’s all in the head. What you head says, your body follows.” If you have a goal and already make up your mind on achieving it, you’ll make it through any obstacle. At the end of the day, you are what you believe you are.

Have a daily To-Do List.

It is important to be organized, but what else can you organize if you already have both of your class and work schedules? A daily To-Do List!

“8 a.m. selfie at the 680 Radio Studio in L Building”

Let me tell you the magic of a daily To-Do List. If you ever been in the situation where you have so many things to do you didn’t know where to start, this is where a daily To-Do List comes in handy. A daily To-Do List is like brainstorming, but more organized. When writing down your list, you will be able to see all of the things you need to do and that will make it easier for you to prioritize what most needs to be done. 

Another thing you need to know about a daily To-Do List, it doesn’t just help you to be organized, but it also gives you motivation. The act of writing it down itself makes you feel responsible to get it done. You don’t have to write down big things, just what needs to be done, such as assignments, projects, errands, etc. If you have a long list, you’ll be rushing to get it done. Without notice, you’ll concentrate more and do things even faster than how you normally do. Ask my friends and teachers if you don’t believe me. The days when I am being the most organized, productive and effective, that would be when I am following my To-Do List.

Two main reasons why I cannot go a day without a daily To-Do List:

A) I feel accomplished for getting things done.

B) I wake up everyday with purpose

Don’t be afraid to ask your teacher for help.

Seeking help from your teachers doesn’t necessarily mean asking for an extension for your assignment or project. Never use your part-time job as an excuse for anything and don’t try to take any advantage from your teachers.

Even if asking your teachers for help sounds like the most horrible idea, they are here to help you succeed. If you have any question regarding your assignment, project or test, or simply just advice, they will definitely be more than happy to help. In exchange, show them that you are not in school because someone forces you to be there. Show them that you actually care about your education and career. Most teachers usually prefer you to schedule an appointment in advance instead of showing up and blabbering about your endless problems.

Social life is just as important.

Once in a while, you owe yourself a break and enjoy a night outside school and the office. Many people don’t realize it but our social life is our social support and it is one of the most important influences on our mental health. It is the key of survival. In other words, our relationship with others is what helps us to get through tough days.

If you spend too much time hanging out with your party buddies, hanging out can be a waste of both time and money. But if you do it right, not only your social life can help you relieve stress, but also those social lives can turn into lifelong connections that will be very useful in the future.

Stay positive means stay focused

I mentioned earlier that college years are a trial before stepping into the real world. By that, I also mean this will be one of the toughest, hardest, most complicated times of your life. These years are made to make or break you. All you have to do is survive.

Being positive is important in surviving, especially when facing tough times. I believe everyone has their own way to stay on top of themselves even though many things, even people are trying to destroy them, but I like to share with you my survival kits that got me through my three years of college:

  • Think of long-term goals.
  • Surround yourself with supportive people.
  • If you make the most out of it, you’ll get the most out of it.

There will come a time when you feel like skipping school and running away, don’t. There will be those days where you want to give up and go home, don’t. You might not see it right now, but when it’s all done you’ll be glad you didn’t back out.

“My last article before graduating from Humber.”

For those who are reading my tips, good luck with your college years! Whether you’re taking a diploma, bachelor or post-graduate program, I hope my three years of college experience can help you get the best of yours.

Thursday, July 9, 2015

The DFATD-funded International Youth Internship Program

The application deadline is July 15 for most internships.

Humber’s International Development Institute is recruiting 20 youth in July and August to complete an overseas internship as part of the DFATD-funded International Youth Internship Program (IYIP).
All the internship descriptions will be available on the International Development Institute’s website this week .  The postings will be located in Opportunities Abroad.

The application deadline is July 15 for most internships.  The application instructions are on each posting.

Interested candidates must:

· be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada,
· be legally entitled to work in Canada,
· be between the ages of 19 and 30,
· be a post-secondary graduate,
· have not previously participated in a past internship within DFTAD’s IYIP initiative

For more information contact:
Jennifer Cleary
Internship Coordinator
3199 Lakeshore Blvd. West, H214
The Business School
Toronto, ON M8V 1K8

Monday, July 6, 2015

Music of the World

Brothers and Humber grads immerse themselves in India’s musical culture

By Laura Stricker 
This article originally appeared in Humber Today June 25, 2015 9:06 am

Mostly unheard of on this side of the world, the three instruments are fundamental to Indian classical music.

Jonathan and his brother Andrew Kay, both graduates of the Humber Bachelor of Music program, have spent more than half a decade in India learning the intricacies of Indian music and how to play that music on western instruments.

“This process has been extremely challenging, but also wildly fulfilling and helpful artistically,” says Jonathan, a saxophone major while he was at Humber. “Exploring the ornate nuances of the music has forced me to discover new things about my expression through the saxophone, as well as pushed my technical capabilities on the instrument.

“Our guru, Pandit Shantanu Bhattacharyya, has welcomed us into his home and family,” he continues. “Andrew and I have the rare opportunity to live most of the year in Kolkata with him in the traditional Guru-Shishya Parampara, the oral tradition of learning Indian classical music.”

Music, it’s safe to say, is in Jonathan and Andrew’s blood. Their uncle, Alastair Kay, is one of the top trombonists in Canada and the head of Humber’s Brass Department.

Andrew joined the Humber Community Music Program while he was in high school, an experience he says was crucial in preparing him to study music in college.

“During the first year of high school I became very interested in music and was looking for more education and experience than was available at my school, so my uncle suggested I join the Humber Community Music Program,” Andrew recalls. “I started the program in my second year of high school and spent the following three years diving deep into jazz and creative music.”

As Jonathan was preparing to finish his time at Humber, younger brother Andrew’s college journey was just beginning. The two lived together and, in Andrew’s second year, bass player and fellow Humber student Justin Gray moved in.

The three spent most of their waking hours talking about and playing music, and together became “captivated,” Jonathan says, by Indian music.

In 2006, the trio travelled to Kolkata to study briefly with Pandit Shantanu Bhattacharyya.
“We returned to Toronto to finish school and started composing and writing music inspired by India, but longed for more,” Andrew says. “We went back (to India in 2008) and dove headfirst into the study of Indian classical music.

“Since then [Jonathan and I] have spent the majority of our time in Kolkata, making a trip home for a couple months to share our music with our family, friends and music lovers of Toronto.”

Last fall they released their first album, Mandala, with their band Monsoon. The album is “the culmination of our east-west Indo-Jazz vision,” says Jonathan. Their next album, Pranaam, is Indian classical music played on western instruments. It is available on Bandcamp.

Jonathan adds he is extremely grateful to Humber for everything he learned and everyone he met.
“Most of our closest friends are from our Humber days and most of the musicians we play with now are also from Humber.

“All of my professors from Humber continue to be important mentors and influences in my life and their support is invaluable.  Over the years Andrew, Justin and I have also performed alongside many of our teachers, which is by far the greatest learning experience one can have.”

2015 Global Lens Exhibit: Call for Photo Submissions

"Global Lens – Student and Faculty/Staff photos from at home and abroad" is a visual demonstration of global perspectives gained through travel, study, and/or work in Canada or abroad and the value of global citizenship.

The International Centre is looking for your photos to display at the Humber Gallery (North Campus) in a special exhibit called Global Lens – Student and Faculty/Staff Images from at Home and Abroad as part of International Education Week (IEW). The exhibit will run from Monday, November 9 – Friday, November, 20, 2015.

What are we looking for?

Send us photos that creatively show the global perspective you’ve gained through travel, study, and/or work in Canada or abroad and the value of global citizenship. Your photos should address one of the five themes:
      1.     Favourite Local Food– Something delicious you have enjoyed at home or abroad
      2.     Life-Altering Moment– What image captures a special time in your life?
      3.     Your Favourite Spot– Where is your home away from home?
      4.     Your Global Identity– Who are you in the world?
      5.    The Unexpected – Surprise us with what you’ve discovered around the globe

Photo submissions must be at least 300 DPI. Photos must be 100% original content belonging to the person submitting the photo. Please also include a 50-100 word description of how the photo fits one of the five themes.

 What’s the deadline?

Friday, July 31st 2015

How do I submit my photo(s)?

Submit your questions and photos to Include your name,student ID, program, and year of study with your photo, along with a 50-100 word description of how the photo fits one of the five themes.*

Watch a video from last year’s event!