By Heitor Castro, International Marketing & Communications Intern/Humber Global Business Management Student
The Humber International Student Services Team organized orientation sessions for new international students last Friday, January 8. The welcoming events took place both at Humber’s North and Lakeshore Campuses and more than 400 students attended in order to learn more about Humber College and the services offered to students.
|Source: International Centre Facebook - http://on.fb.me/1P3WpqE|
At the North Campus session, the Orientation started with a word from our International Dean, Diane Simpson who greeted and thanked all the students for choosing Humber and Canada. She emphasized that moving abroad to pursue a diploma, certificate, degree or postgraduate certificate is a very bold move and that the International Centre is working hard to make every student’s time at Humber, a great experience.
At both Campuses, International Student Advisors, Matthew Keefe (North Campus) and Matthew McDonald (Lakeshore Campus) as well as several guest speakers, shared important information with the students about:
- Student Wellness & Accessibility Centre, that offers counselling among other services;
- Public Safety, presenting security services and procedures to adopt while being at Campus, including the use of the Humber Guardian app;
- Health Insurance: the plan and benefits provided by Morecare.ca
- The Connect Program, in which other international students called International Peer Mentors, help new students adapting to their new life;
- Passport to Success: students can gain points by attending workshops and activities that are designed for developing their skills, experiences and build an attitude towards personal development;
- Events: past and upcoming events such as the Ski/Snowboard Trip, Niagara Falls, CN Tower and visiting Toronto’s museums.
The orientation also provided general expectations when it comes to classroom behaviour and information on future workshops on visa permits, immigration and working in Canada.
The students were asked to participate in a Social Media Challenge promoted during the orientation: the top influencer of the day and later of the month, would receive a special prize from the International Centre. The students were invited to check in at the International Centre on Facebook and tweet/post to Instagram using #HumberGlobal and #NewHawk16. The main goal with this fun activity was to engage with all the newcomers so they can stay connected with the International Centre’s upcoming events, courses and workshops.
|International Student Advisor, Matthew Keefe, and Karen De Santana,|
top influencer student of the social media challenge promoted during orientation
Once again, the International Centre extends a warm welcome to all new students.