Tuesday, September 24, 2013

My postgraduate program is just starting to set in!

By Chloe Jang, Humber Student

I began taking the Human Resources Management course at Lakeshore campus after waiting for 4 months. During the 4 months, I had such a blissful time by traveling, participating in a Leadership camp at Humber, doing volunteer work and so on, however, I always looked forward to joining a Canadian real academic course since I came to Canada. The day before the first day of class, I couldn’t even sleep very well because I was so excited and yet worried.
The Business School orientation took place on September 3rd; there were a large number of peers in the auditorium with hopeful smiles. After a kicking performance by Humber students majoring in Music, orientation started. It included valuable information about Humber from academic information to personal help. I strongly recommend that Humber newbies do not miss their academic orientation..
In my class there are almost 50 classmates and 7 faculty members who are responsible for this program. All of them are so kind and passionate, which makes me feel motivated. The lectures are quite fast compared to classes in the EAP program, but thanks to EAP I’m able to keep up with them so far. Well, sometimes I have a difficulty when I talk with my classmates even in general conversation, because almost them are natives, but I believe my English is getting way better as time goes by.
It’s just a new beginning. I hope I make go of my studies and go forward to a better future having the same present positive perspective. Break your leg, guys. Good luck with you. J

First Week In Scotland!

By: Brittany Mohns, Humber's Study Abroad Student


I have been in Scotland for almost a week and am already falling in love with the city and all the people I’ve interacted with. Shelby, Angela and I quickly decided we will miss it here a lot when the exchange comes to an end in December.
We haven’t started school yet so our days are spent venturing around the city discovering new shops, cool spots for pictures, different food, and of course cheap pints.






Not being in constant contact with people back in Canada has been the biggest adjustment, and being slightly addicted to social media not having a functioning iPhone is like going through mild withdrawal.   

The up-coming week will be all about figuring out the technical details of our stay here with many meetings at the University, because our time in Aberdeen IS for our studies…right?


Monday, September 16, 2013

International Recruitment Team

Meet Linda Chao: Manager - International Recruitment
 
Humber College and I have been together for: 8 years
 
The countries that have seen me: China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, Cambodia, Philippines, Thailand, India, Russia, Dubai, Kuwait, Oman, Trinidad, Jamaica, St. Vincent and USA, UK, Italy, France, Germany, Holland
 
I can’t do without these cuisines: Vietnamese Pho, Chinese Peking duck, Japanese Sashimi, and Korean BBQ
 
What human qualities does Humber College represent?
 
According to Linda, Humber College is very thoughtful about what you need, in both academic and personal wellbeing. It also strives to provide the best services!
 
Take my word:"Dress up and have a “treat or trick” at Halloween. You have probably never experienced it in your country. It is fun and you get lots of treats like candies in the end!"


Meet Amanda Koski: Manager- International Recruitment


Humber College and I have been together for: 12.5 years 

The countries that have seen me: I've been to 50 countries around the world. Not every continent yet, though! So far: Asia, North and South America, Africa, and Europe. Countries ranging from St. Lucia to Uruguay to Malaysia to Russia to Mexico.

I can’t do without these cuisines: My favourite cuisine depends on my mood: usually Thai, Indian, or Sushi, but sometimes in the summer there's nothing better than a nice fresh salad or piece of fruit!

What human qualities does Humber College represent?

According to Amanda, Humber would be like an unexpected visit to your favourite relative's house. You are always welcomed, and sometimes there are unexpected surprises!

Take my word: "Dare to step outside of your comfort zone! Whether that means approaching that unknown student in the cafeteria, riding a challenging ride at Canada's Wonderland, or tasting some new cuisine, get out and experience all that Humber and Toronto have to offer!"


Meet Tania Spoljaric-Sherwood: Manager- International Recruitment

Humber College and I have been together for: 4 years

The countries that have seen me: India, Russia, Kazakhstan, Ukraine, China, Croatia, Romania, England, Egypt, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, Syria, Mexico, Argentina, Chile, Guyana, Dominican Republic, the United States, South Africa, Iceland, Germany, and Greece

I can’t do without these cuisines: Mediterranean

What human qualities does Humber College represent?

According toTania, Humber exemplifies honesty, trust, reliability, stamina, and endurance.

Take my word: "Don't sweat the small things in life. Put your energy into the bigger things that you're most passionate about."


Meet Rebecca Fitzgerald: Study Abroad Officer

Humber College and I have been together for: 1 year


The countries that have seen me: Japan, Eritrea, Iceland, Ghana, Egypt, South Korea, Poland, Czech Republic, Austria, England, Ireland, Greece, Scotland, and the United States. 

I can’t do without these cuisines: Japanese, Greek, Lebanese, Indian, and Ethiopian

What human qualities does Humber College represent?

According to Rebecca, Humber represents a garden tended by gardeners of every gender and ethnicity. A garden that will only grow and flourish through dedication of skills, time, passion, and creativity and that will reward new skills, memories, friends, and career prospects.

Take my word: "Say 'yes!' to any invitation that you receive - within reason! In other words, make every effort to experience as much as you can. Aim to create memories that will last for your lifetime. Your opportunities to learn and grow are not limited to within the walls of a classroom."
 

Meet Helene Espinosa: International Recruitment Coordinator 

Humber College and I have been together for: 14 years

The countries that have seen me: England, Mexico, the United States, Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia

I can’t do without these cuisines: I have no favourites- I enjoy cooking and eating

What human qualities does Humber College represent?
 
According to Helene, Humber was like an older sibling when she was a student, always guiding her and showing her the right path. Later, after her getting her first real job at Humber, Humber was like a mother to her, always showing pride and confidence in her. Now, Helene feels that Humber offers peace and fulfillment, relating to all aspects of life.
 
Take my word: "Always do what you like no matter how meaningless it looks to others...who goes to work happy will enjoy life more than the one who gets the biggest pay!"
 
 
Meet Reema Patel: International Recruitment Coordinator


Humber College and I have been together for: 5 years

The countries that have seen me: Kenya, Tanzania, The United States, India, England, The Netherlands, and Mauritius
 
I can’t do without these cuisines: Italian, Mexican, and Indian

What human qualities does Humber College represent?

According to Reema, Humber represents many human qualities: respect, kindness, understanding, and support related to not only academic, but personal growth. The diversity of all campuses creates a compassionate and friendly atmosphere where everyone feels welcomed and at home.

Take my word: "Make the most of your time here in Canada. Focus on academic success by studying well, but take the time to enjoy all the activies and things the city offers. Step out of the box, make new friends, experience the diverse cultures found at Humber and in Toronto, and you'll gain a lifetime of memories and special moments. Have fun!"



Meet Jennifer Zhang: Liaison/International Recruitment Officer


Humber College and I have been together for: 3.5 years

The countries that have seen me: England, Switzerland, Spain, the United States, China, and Korea

I can’t do without these cuisines: Asian


What human qualities does Humber College represent?

According to Jennifer, Humber is friendly, committed, devoted, open-minded, energetic, enthusiastic, and honest.

 
Take my word: "Sail on Lake Ontario and go hiking!"



Meet Kyoung Heo (Sydney): International Office Clerk


Humber College and I have been together for: 3 years

The countries that have seen me: Australia, South Korea, the United States
 
I can’t do without these cuisines: Japanese


What human qualities does Humber College represent?

According to Kyoung, Humber College is very welcoming and informative. It is very open-minded. Humber is a good listener and is always there to help you with your problem.


Take my word: "Try everything! Go out there, meet new people, volunteer, get to the know the Canadian culture and the Canadian experience!"

Meet Juan Cisneros: International Purchasing and Shipping Analyst


Humber College and I have been together for: 2 years

The countries that have seen me: Mexico, Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, France, Puerto Rico, South Africa, Spain, and the United States

 
I can’t do without these cuisines: Mexican- I love the real street tacos you can find in Mexico and Mexican dishes like mole, chiles en ahogada, and enchiladas


What human qualities does Humber College represent?

According to Juan, Humber is the energetic and friendly person always willing to meet new people and learn new things. One main quality is that it is adaptable to current circumstances.

Take my word: "Go to the trips organized by the International Centre. These trips are affordable, you can have a lot of fun, and they are an excellent opportunity to make new friends."

Behind the Faces at the Humber International Centre

A bit of anxiety and loads of excitement await you as you set foot into Humber College.

Here, you will meet new people, experience different cultures, walk new roads and feel a fresh wave of excitement.

Humber College boasts of a strong international community that thrives on student and staff diversity, coupled with local Canadian flavor. Its staff and teachers strive to build an interactive student community and ease your transition into the new academic life.

You may have Google-d your classmates, your teachers and everything else about the College. You may have by now already seen a lot of new faces. While it is difficult to keep track of all the new names and faces at College, those that you cannot get over are that of the International Centre staff! Remember the ones you interacted with prior to securing admission to Humber College? The Interactional Centre! Don’t you want to see the real faces behind those voices?

Let’s read a bit about them, right from their mouth!
 
You have interacted with the International Centre staff either through web or on phone. These guys have handled your admission process and have had you in mind, at least during their office hours. It is but natural both for you and the staff member to have attached a certain face to each other’s names, based on the interactions. A pleasant face who wrote you a congratulatory email; or a grumpy one that constantly reminded you of your missing documents?

Whosesoever face that may be; there is someone, from some part of the world, who is gorging on some exotic lunch and thinking in their mother-tongue, that is writing to you from out there… here, the International Centre.

What makes the International Centre international?

Is it the different countries represented in here?

Is it the different languages spoken here?

Is it the delightful exotic snacks served at the back office?

It’s a bit of these and a lot more. It’s the coming together of different people, cultures, reasoning and regional perspectives on one table… actually, many tables. It’s their ability to understand, address and take care of international student community, and the motivation to handle individual concerns, needs, doubts and inhibitions.

Here’s an exclusive peek at our International Centre staff that will be with you through your academic journey!

So, let’s see them all, one by one!

International Admissions Team

Meet Nora Komeng: International Recruitment Representative

Humber College and I have been together for: 9 years

The countries that have seen me: Ghana, Nigeria, Togo, Benin, the United States, and the Netherlands

I can’t do without these cuisines: Chinese

What human qualities does Humber College represent?

According to Nora, Humber College is very rich and motherly. It has a lot of children of its own (Domestic students) and also the adopted ones (International students). It seems to always want more children to take care of.

Take my word: "Always check the weather  before stepping out since Canadian weather is sometimes unpredictable. You may want to keep a light jacket (Just in case)!"


Meet Shameeza Hack: International Recruitment Representative

Humber College and I have been together for: 12 years

The countries that have seen me: Italy, Switzerland, France, England, the United States, Guyana, Jamaica, Mexico, Cuba, Trinidad & Tobago

I can’t do without these cuisines: Thai, Italian, and Indian

What human qualities does Humber College represent?

According to Shameeza, Humber College is caring and reliable when it comes to you and your education.

Take my word: "Make sure you get drunk at least once!"


Meet Donna Reid: International Recruitment Representative

Humber College and I have been together for: 34 year


The countries that have seen me: Aruba, the United States, St. Maarten, Samana Dominican, Mexico, St. Thomas, and Puerto Rico.

I can’t do without these cuisines: I like all food but I really enjoy Mexican and Indian food.

Take my word: "Have fun, get involved, meet new people, and study hard!"



Meet Gurjeet Sohi
: International Recruitment Representative


Humber College and I have been together for: 15years

The countries that have seen me: India, Tanzania, Kenya, and England


I can’t do without these cuisines: English

What human qualities does Humber College represent?

According to Gurjeet, Humber College is welcoming. It gives that warm environment that brings everyone together and makes them feel safe and sound.

Take my word: "Definately come to the International Centre! Here, we can help you with everything you need. We will be glad to welcome you!"


Meet Thao Tran: International Recruitment Representative


Humber College and I have been together for: 5 years





The countries that have seen me: Vietnam and the United States

I can’t do without these cuisines: Vietnamese

What human qualities does Humber College represent?

According to Tran, Humber College is flexible, respectful, understanding, and fair.

Take my word: "The students should have a clear idea of what they want to do and what they plan to achieve. It's exciting that they have the opportunity to travel to a new country and explore a new life. But, if they don't have an idea of what they're going to do, it's very easy to get out of track.



Meet Namki Kang: International Recruitment Representative

Humber College and I have been together for: 3 years

The countries that have seen me: Japan, Korea, and China
 
I can’t do without these cuisines: Vietnamese, Korean, and Jamaican


What human qualities does Humber College represent?

According to Namki, Humber is nurturing and firm- it keeps you on the right track!


Take my word: "Be international, open to new cultures. This country allows you to be!"



Meet Dianne Davies: International Office Clerk


Humber College and I have been together for: 12 years

The countries that have seen me: Caribbean Islands, China, Egypt, England, France, Germany, Switzerland, Portugal, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Venezuela, and the United States


I can’t do without these cuisines: Chinese and Indian

What human qualities does Humber College represent?

According to Dianne, Humber is loving and caring. It is firm and strict to ensure your academic success. It gives you guidance and help for you to achieve your goal.


Take my word: "Coming to a new country can be a great experience, but it can pose many challenges too. Expect to face some culture shock here. The cost of studying and living abroad can be expensive. So be prepared."



Meet Elizabeth Iasci: International Office Clerk


Humber College and I have been together for: 1.5 years

The countries that have seen me: Mexico, Malta, the United States, Cuba, St. Martin, the Bahamas, the Dominican Republic

I can’t do without these cuisines: Italian


What human qualities does Humber College represent?

According to Elizabeth, Humber is outstanding at multi-tasking. In order to reach the standards of a Humber Grad, Humber must be organized, diligent, consistent, and emotinally and mentally strong, but also knows when to relax, dance, stretch, breathe, and restore oneself- which is why multi-tasking is Humber College's specialty.


Take my word: "Dare to be different, even though it may make you uncomfortable to go against the grain."



Meet Sania Josan: Junior Officer 

Humber College and I have been together for: 2 years

The countries that have seen me: India

 
I can’t do without these cuisines: Indian and Chinese


What human qualities does Humber College represent?

According to Sania, Humber College fits the phrase 'beauty with brains.' Both campuses are beautiful and eye soothing to everyone. Also, Humber has intelligent and smart faculty and management with successful students and is a reflection of Mother Nature that bestows warm reception to everyone.


Take my word: "Stop being under pressure to prove something. Take a long breath and just be you. Study and party hard!"