Thursday, September 15, 2016

A Balancing Act

It is not an easy task. Pursing a college degree can be very difficult and couple that with the struggles associated with living away, the experience can be overwhelming. For this reason it is essential to be social, develop relationships, and meet new people as they are likely going through similar struggles as you. To help insure you have the best possible time while abroad at Humber, here are some tips and tricks to help ease your transition.

1. Be available

It can be tempting to study in your room, eat in your room, and do practically everything in your residence. However, to fully enjoy your stay in Canada communicating with other students is essential as it will allow you to make friends! Try and study in public areas and hangout in lounges 
rather than on your bed.

2. Join a group

Colleges and universities in Canada have a large selection of student groups and clubs where you can get involved and meet new people. Enjoy playing an instrument? Are you an advocate for green peace? Enjoy playing video games or board games? There are clubs for just about anything! Joining a club allows you to socialize and have fun while meeting likeminded people. 

3. Volunteer

Volunteering is not only an invaluable addition to your resume but is but another way you can get yourself out there and become more comfortable in a new country. Find something your passionate about and dedicate a few hours a week to helping a cause! 

4. Be Confident

Although it may be unnerving at the time, the best way to meet new people is to start conversations! If you are sitting down waiting for class, in a coffee shop, cafeteria, lounge, start a conversation with the person next to you. Who knows where a simple “hello” can lead to! 

It can be a scary experience living abroad but you do not have to go through it alone. Be Bold and meet new people! 

Friday, September 9, 2016

Christine Hagen's Study Abroad experience in India 2016

My name is Christine Hagen and I am currently a second year Digital Business Management student. During my first year of studies at Humber, I really wanted to make my education count. I participated in various events and conferences outside of class time to learn more about my current program and the possible careers it had to offer.

My interest in studying abroad rose after taking a class on Social Entrepreneurship and learning about various entrepreneurs and how they decided to take their current path.

I figured this would be a great incentive to try out the Study Abroad program at Humber to see if I could come up with new innovative ideas. I researched more about the study abroad programs Humber offered and applied for India. I felt it was a good duration to overcome the “holiday” feeling and truly get a feel for living in the country. The India trip lasted four weeks.

While I was in India, I have learned more than I ever anticipated. I am often still learning principles taught in India, after being home for two months. My study abroad program has offered me insight on myself, others, and various situations.

For anyone looking to study abroad, I would recommend a summer program. It allows you to gain credits, while feeling like you are a tourist at the same time. Personally, I had the opportunity to learn about India and their culture, religions, ways of life, while learning more about who I am. What my personal morals and beliefs are and how I would do something differently. There are no true words to explain the experience I had. All I can say is I am thankful for the opportunity to go and I will cherish the memories and lessons I have learned for a lifetime.

As seen on posted on September 8, 2016 by Christine Hagen

Its the start of the school year and the International Centre is in full swing with an assortment of events for international students, staff, and faculty! Upcoming events will take you to the CN Tower and the Niagara Falls. Don't miss out! 

Event Name:  CN Tower
Date:  Saturday September 10th
Time:  North Campus Students meet at the R-Building Residence for 9:45am, Lakeshore Students meet at Residence for 10:15am.  Buses will leave the CN Tower at 3:00pm
Cost:  $15/ticket

Event Name:  Niagara Falls
Date:  Saturday September 17th
Time:  North Campus Students meet at the R-Building Residence for 8:15am, Lakeshore Students meet at Residence for 8:45am.  Buses will leave Niagara Falls at 4:00pm
Cost:  $20/ticket

We would appreciate your support promoting our upcoming events for international students and alumni. If you have any interest in attending, please contact one of our International Student Advisors: Matthew McDonald ( at Lakeshore and Matthew Keefe ( at North.