Monday, March 28, 2016

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

#MyHumberStory by Krupali

This article originally appeared in Life at Humber Facebook in February 2016. 

My journey to Humber was my first time travelling without my parents and without my friends. It was my first time away from home.

When I was in school I kept telling people that one day I would study abroad. But I didn’t have any specific place in mind. My parents are getting older, my brother had already come to Canada and I didn’t think I could find the money. I don’t know if it was luck but one day my brother told me ‘OK, I will take care of the money. Just come here.You need to come.’

I couldn’t see much of a career path in India. I have a Masters Degree in Sports Nutrition and I was having trouble finding a job. So I thought, let's take a bit of a plunge and see what happens. I was searching for the 10 best colleges in Toronto and Humber kept coming up. I thought to myself, this has to mean something.

So I went to an agency and applied to Humber.
When I got my acceptance letter, I cried. My mom kept asking me "What’s happening?" I told her I got in and she said "I knew you would".

I am from Mumbai city. It is thousands of kilometers away from Humber (a 21 hour plane flight).When I got to the airport I had a bunch of close friends and family come see me off. They kept me laughing and talking about all the good times we had together. But then I had to go and I couldn’t even speak.

I remember my mom saying to me, ‘You’ve been strong, you have dreams of going there. Don’t stop now. Don’t cry. We are here for you and with all the technology around we’re not far away.’

I had a break at Zurich and then flew to Canada. I couldn’t sleep. The plane ride was like a see-saw. When it crossed the ocean there was a lot of turbulence, so the plane was flying all over the place - up down, left right. When the plane finally stopped, I threw up! It was so embarrassing. I hate roller coasters and the plane ride to Canada was pretty much a roller coaster ride.

When I got off the plane I was so excited. I had to go out and see what Canada actually looked like. I’d seen pictures of this huge tower but I didn’t even know what it was called. So one of the first things I did was go and find the CN Tower. I looked around downtown finding new places and eating new foods. It was incredible!

One of the coolest parts of moving here is being able to connect with people from all over India. When I was India, people would often keep to their different states, but here they all mingle together.

I think my favourite part of moving here is my job that I have on campus. I’ve been looking for a job ever since I was in India and I haven’t been able to come across anything. I remember telling my mom, “I feel so worthless, I have a masters degree and I can’t even get a job”. When I applied for this job, I was so nervous but my mom said, "you know what? Monday you’re gonna get a call." And believe it or not, Monday I got a call telling me I had been selected for an interview. The job is about helping other international students transitioning into Canada. It’s been fun, but also a way to use my perspective and give back to other students. If I can help other international students get over the cultural shock, that will mean a lot to me.

After coming here I made a close friend. Her name is Jane and she is from Russia. Unlike me, she didn’t have anyone to help her into Canada. She inspires me so much. I have had family support but she didn't. When she came to Canada she made contacts by herself and is now an instructor at a Mississauga gym. She even has her own car. She has transitioned into Canada in way I can’t even describe.

Looking at Jane I can’t but think… this is Woman Power. She has done so many things on her own. She teaches me so many things. The biggest being that you have to be your own hero.

Story by: Krupali
Photo by: Brandon Ferguson

Humber International Centre

Monday, March 21, 2016

Business Admin Student Enjoys Diversity in Education

This article originally appeared in The Business School Dean's Newsletter in December 2015.

Business Admin student involved in everything from local CafeWars to outwitting tigers in rural India

Second year Business Administration student Ranbir Sangha is enjoying the diversity of a Humber education. As a member of ENACTUS, a student-driven entrepreneurial club at The Business School, Ranbir has gained valuable experience learning how to promote events, as well as being part of them. CafeWars, an inaugural event organized by ENACTUS, saw 23 students working in a team competition using simulation software to start-up a cafe business. At the end of the competition, students were surveyed and results tabulated towards finding ways to promote this competition between colleges and high schools. “This experience is helping me develop the skills and knowledge I need to not only work with a start-up, but to manage my own.” 

Asked about other experiences students can gain from joining ENACTUS, Ranbir immediately responds: “Tiger Honey”. This pilot project has been developed to reduce tiger-related deaths in rural India. Honey is the main source of revenue for villagers who trek into the jungle to forage for it — and encounter tigers. The risk of death is high. Humber students are piloting a project in which they will research manmade bee hives that would allow villagers to harvest honey without risking their lives in the jungle, in a sustainable way that does not destroy the hives. Says Ranbir, “This project is very exciting to the students as it involves a real-life situation and all of the practical aspects of everything we have learned in class, from research to project implementation to sustainability.” 

“I have learned so much about start-up enterprises, from keeping track of revenue and expenses, to running a functioning business to all aspects of marketing. I have a really good perspective and look forward to working for a start-up in the future, or managing my own.”

Friday, March 18, 2016

Humber Earth Week (North)

March 28, 2016 - 11:00am
March 29, 2016 - 7:30am
March 29, 2016 - 11:30am
March 30, 2016 - 10:00am
March 30, 2016 - 5:30pm
March 31, 2016 - 11:00am
April 1, 2016 - 11:30am
North Campus, various locations (see below)
Humber Earth Week is March 28 - April 1, 2016 and we're excited about all the upcoming events and activities.

This is a week you won't want to miss, and there are plenty of ways to get involved - how will you take part this year?

For more information, visit or email us at
Monday, March 28
Campus Clean Up
11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 29
Cups That Care
7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.

Smart Commute
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 30
White Elephant Sale
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Film Screening & Panel Discussion
5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Thursday, March 31
HSF Earth Day
11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Student Centre
Friday, April 1
Soups for Sustainabilty
11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
In front of Gourmet Express
All week
Drop off your E-waste
Near registration

The schedule

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Microsoft Resume Workshop

This post originally appeared in Humber Communique on February 25, 2016

Don't miss next week's Microsoft Resume Workshop!

Date/Time:  March 24, 2016 - 5:00pm
Where:  Lakeshore Campus, Room A170 - The Blue Room
Contact: Antoniette Di Marco, 416.675.6622 x3662,

Students are invited to the Microsoft Resume Workshop and can expect the following at this event:

  • A Microsoft Representative to host and deliver the workshop.
  • Hands-on instruction and top tips on how to build and host an Online Resume + ensure it stands out.
  • Exposure to FREE student resources including Azure (Microsoft’s Cloud) – used by >57% of Fortune 500 companies.
  • Access to Web Tools & Activities to allow continued learning and exploring following the workshop.
  • The opportunity to submit resumes online (Microsoft contact to be provided during session) for internship and/or full-time employment opportunities.

Monday, March 14, 2016

We are making an impact

This article originally appeared in The Business School Dean's Newsletter in December 2015.

Supporting Children and Youth in Bolivia with Save the Children International 

Public Administration graduate Maria, enrolled in the Global Citizenship Certificate program and the IYIP program and is currently working in La Paz, Bolivia with “Save the Children International”. This program supports the "Children Lead the Way" project that includes technical training for youth and promoting flexible and relevant education models for children.

Benjamin Spierenburg
Knowledge Management Officer

Master's Degree, Global Studies, University of Freiburg and FLACSO Buenos Aires - 2015
Bachelor's Degree, Political Science, University of Ottawa - 2012

What Motivated you to apply for IYIP?

I was motivated to apply to the IYIP program because I believe that international experience matters. By interning abroad, I hope to immerse myself in a different culture, to learn about different perspectives, and to approach problems in different ways.

What are your personal and professional goals?

For this program, I hope to develop a broader understanding of the world, current events and topics related to development in Latin America. I also hope to build upon my studies and learn about issues of empowerment, sustainability, equality, marginalization and social movements within the context of Bolivia.

Maria Hortensia Gutierrez
Livelihoods Support Officer

Postgraduate, Public Administration, Humber College - 2015

Bachelor’s Degree, Political Science, Glendon College at York University – 2011

Hola a todos! My name is Maria Hortensia Gutierrez, but in La Paz I am referred to as Hortensia because apparently it is much easier (too many Marias)

What motivated you to apply for IYIP?

I was motivated to enroll in the Global Citizenship Certificate program and the IYIP program because over the past few years working as a flight attendant I have had the opportunity to see many countries and experience many cross cultural interactions. I thought this would be something I would enjoy very much.

What are your personal and professional goals?

I am very excited to embark on this new adventure and to contribute to the Save the Children International team. I hope to gain more experience with working in an NGO and in the International Development community.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Canadian Income Taxes & International Students

By: Matthew McDonald, International Student Advisor at Humber's Lakeshore Campus

We’ve received many questions about income taxes over the past few weeks from students who weren’t able to attend our workshops about money, budgeting, and taxes (in January and February).
The International Centre does not have any tax experts on staff and is not able to advise on income tax questions. However, we do want to provide information to help you understand the Canadian tax system and what you should do.

Do international students need to file taxes?
The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) is responsible for administering tax programs in Canada. It has created a video series to explain Canada’s taxation system and answer important questions such as “Do international students have to file taxes?”. Click here to access the video series.  
The CRA also has information for international students on this page.

What documents do students need from Humber?
Each person’s tax situation will be different. However, all Humber students should download a T2202A form from their MyHumber account. Keep a copy of this form.

Tip #1: Make sure that your browser allows pop-up windows. Otherwise, the T2202A form will not appear.
Tip #2: If you are no longer a Humber student and/or are unable to access your MyHumber account, please contact the Registrar’s Office by e-mailing

If you are currently living in Residence on campus, then you should read this information as well.

What about students who started in January 2016?
The income tax year follows the calendar year (January 2015 to December 2015). This information is for students who were in Canada in 2015.

Can someone help in person?
Yes! HSF has partnered with CRA to offer a community income tax clinic from March 22 to April 20, 2016. Appointment bookings will open March 14th 2016 at

North: KX202
Lakeshore: K204

If you want to learn how to complete your taxes yourself attend the HSF tax workshop. Tax Workshop bookings will open March 14th 2016 at
North: March 21, 10 – 11:30 am, in KX202
Lake: March 21, 2 – 3:30 pm, in K204
Please note you must bring your own laptop to the workshop.
Please direct all questions about this program to HSF.

If you aren’t able to use HSF’s services, you may be able to receive support through another community tax program in the city. Please see here for a list of other options. 

Is there anything else international students should know? Beware of a recent phone scam by fraudsters pretending to be the CRA or police officers and making threats. The CRA typically communicates by mail (post) or through its online system. Read this news story and the CRA instructions to protect yourself against fraud.

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

International Centre Events - March 2016

International Centre Calendar - March 2016
International Centre Events – March 2016

The Humber International Centre has a number of events planned for students, staff and alumni in March. Please join us! Feel free to contact the International Centre at North or Lakeshore Campus for more information.

Date: Monday, February 29, 2016
Event: Recess Monday | Animal Day
Cost: Free
Time: 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Location: North LRC, Lakeshore Library and FYE A168
Registration: Not required

Date: Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Event: Recess Tuesday | Wellness Day
Cost: Free
Time:12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: North LRC, Lakeshore Library and FYE A168
Registration: Not required

Date: Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Event: Study Permit Workshop
Cost: Free
Time: 3:20 p.m.
Location: D242

Date: Wednesday, March 2, 2016
Event: Recess Wednesday | Games Day
Cost: Free
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: North LRC, Lakeshore Library and FYE A168
Registration: Not required

Date:  Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Event:  Toronto Raptors Basketball game
Cost:  $50/ticket
Time:  7:30 p.m.
Location:  Air Canada Centre
Registration: Already sold out!

Date: Thursday, March 3, 2016
Event: Recess Thursday | Arts Day
Cost: Free
Time: 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Location: North LRC, Lakeshore Library and FYE A168
Registration: Not required

Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Event: TRV/eTA (Temporary Residence Visa) Workshop
Cost: Free
Time: 11:40 a.m.
Location: To be Announced

Date: Wednesday, March 9, 2016
Event: International CafĂ© Workshop
Time: 4:45 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Location: Outside H100A (Lakeshore)

Date: Friday, March 11, 2016
Event: Ski/Snowboarding Trip
Time: 2:00 PM onwards
Location: Snow valley ski resort

Stay tuned for more events from the International Centre later in March!

Monday, March 7, 2016

Working While Studying in Canada

Heitor Castro, Brazilian International Student, shares his experience

Toronto, Canada, is a multicultural and diverse urban centre that offers a variety of outdoor activities and beautiful parks. The quality of life, public transportation, and entertainment make Toronto one of Canada’s top destinations for international students.

Studying in Canada has another perk: international students might be eligible to work while completing their programs. Before coming to Canada, I double-checked the options for working on and off-campus so I could get valuable work experience alongside my education.

First, I found out that my Study Permit allowed me to work on or off campus without a specific work permit. In my case, it was stated that I could accept employment on the campus (Humber!) I’m registered at for my fulltime studies. Another possibility granted in my Study Permit was that I might work off-campus for 20 hours per week during the semester and full-time during regular breaks. For more information, see the Government of Canada website: Work on Campus and Work off Campus.

I also applied for a Co-op Work Permit, so I could complete the mandatory hours needed for my program’s Field Placement (see the list of Humber College’s programs and their requirements here). Once I had this specific co-op work permit, I started searching for internships. Right now, I’m glad to be part of the Marketing & Communications Team at the Humber International Centre! I’m getting work experience and also accomplishing the amount of work placement hours needed to graduate.

After graduating, I intend to continue my professional development in Canada. In order to fulfill this objective, I will have to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWPP). A PGWPP might be issued for the duration equivalent to the length of my program (two years) or up to a maximum of three years.

A good source of information for jobs and opportunities in Canada is the Humber Career Centre which also offers exclusive services for students and alumni such as resume and cover letter reviews and mock interviews to help students prepare for their career in Canada. I have already started using their resources so that I will be well prepared for the Canadian labour market when I graduate later this year!

Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Student Life Programs is Hiring

Student Life Programs is excited to be hiring for various student positions for the upcoming year and we’re looking for great students! We hope to get many applicants and are looking for your help in getting this message out to the students in your area.

Positions include:

·         Senior Peer Mentors

·         Leadership Programs Assistant

·         Orientation Co-Chairs
·         Orientation Senior Leaders
·         Events & Resources Assistant for the LGBTQ+ Resource Centre

Peer Assisted Learning Supports (PALS) is also hiring for the following positions:
·         Professional Skills Enhancement Program Leaders.
·         Peer Tutors

All interested students can get more information and apply at

All applications are due by March 13th, 2016, 11:59pm.