Student Speak

Summer dreaming: a guide to days worth your while

Posted by Chikodili Odinakachukwu on April 19, 2019 at 10:45 AM

Summer – yes please! As the weather becomes warmer and the grass becomes greener, you may already be planning all the fun activities and relaxation for your break. 

However, there should be a fair balance between relaxation and productivity. Summer is a time to relax and unwind. Nonetheless, it is also a time to rejuvenate.

A time spent wisely in the summer is a time truly appreciated in the later days. Learn how you can achieve both and have the best summer yet.

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Topics: Local News and Culture, Student Life, Fun Facts, Go Global, finances, Finance and Money, study abroad, international student, Volunteer, goal setting, Travel, summer

Tips on Adjusting to university life as an international student

Posted by Chikodili Odinakachukwu on January 28, 2019 at 9:06 AM

You are here now so be prepared to live the life! But first off, congratulations and welcome– you made it to university. Some may call it the beginning of adulthood but I call it ‘the phase’–because you still get to have so much fun but in there, somewhere, there are ‘responsibilities.’ So buckle up and prepare for the new life ahead.


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Topics: Academic, Local News and Culture, Student Life, Fun Facts, Ask Hunter, Go Global, student l, finances, student spending, Finance and Money, part-time education, study abroad, international student, Travel

What to look for when choosing where to study abroad

Posted by Chikodili Odinakachukwu on January 11, 2019 at 9:01 AM


Selecting a university to study at is no doubt one of the most important decisions you will have to make in your life. There are so many universities to choose from and a very long list of expectations we have for our desired location of study. As an international student the available options are almost endless.

It is very important to choose the right university because it is directly connected to your future. Your university of choice will either leave you feeling lost and unsure of what is to come or present you with great opportunities that can impact your future positively.

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Topics: Academic, Student Life, Go Global, part-time education, study abroad blog, study abroad, international student, Canada, Volunteer

7 major things to know before travelling abroad to study

Posted by Chikodili Odinakachukwu on December 10, 2018 at 10:02 AM

To take that next bold step of deciding to study abroad is an achievement in itself. As you are not just leaving the comfort of your favorite couch for some hours, you are going to an entirely new and totally different country.

Where not only will you have to adapt to the new environment and culture, you may also not find the brand of your couch in that country and that takes bravery.

Studying abroad is a great way to explore new environments and cultures while broadening your horizons and perspectives of knowledge. With all the preparations and anticipations, here are some not so obvious things you might have missed in all your excitement for the new adventures to come.

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Topics: Academic, Fun Facts, Go Global, study abroad blog, study abroad

The journey, challenges and discoveries of an international student

Posted by Chikodili Odinakachukwu on November 14, 2018 at 11:49 AM


One of my academic goals has been to have the opportunity to study abroad and here I am living my goal. I am currently a second-year student in Mechatronics Engineering at the Ontario Tech University.

Life in Canada has been amazing and has taught me numerous lessons like in the winter, wear heavily warm clothes. Also, self independence can be hard but overall has been a really fun and remarkable experience.

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Topics: Academic, Student Life, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Go Global, study abroad blog, study abroad, international student, Canada

How my work abroad experience changed my life

Posted by William Lee on April 13, 2016 at 10:50 AM

University conversations usually lead to the question, “what do you want to do after school?” For me, my answer always changed. I'd answer with, "I want to be a partner at a large accounting firm!" or "I want to be an investment banker and make a ton of money!", and even "I want to be a consultant and fix companies problems!" After Hong Kong, I was dead set on doing one thing and one thing only; making things better than they were before.

To give some context, Hong Kong has the fourth largest population density (number of people per square kilometer) in the entire world. Over 6,500 people live together per square kilometer. Canada, in comparison, is 3.5 people per square kilometer. Mongkok, a famous shopping district in Hong Kong is credited by the Guinness Book of World Records as the most population dense location in the world, with over 130,000 people per square kilometer. When you have so many people squished into a tiny piece of land, how do you ensure everyone has the required space and resources?

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Topics: Go Global

What to research when choosing a country to work abroad in

Posted by William Lee on February 17, 2016 at 10:07 AM

What do you feel when you hear the words working abroad? For me, all I could imagine was the sightseeing, excitement and learning! Some of my most memorable moments in my life came from my internship at Palapple in Hong Kong. If going abroad is something that you are considering, here are some things to look out for when working internationally! 

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Topics: Go Global

Three defining experiences in Hong Kong

Posted by William Lee on December 9, 2015 at 12:16 PM

According to Google, Hong Kong is 9044 times smaller than Canada. Despite its small size, Hong Kong is home to some of the most unique recreational activities in the world. While there are an abundance of activities to do in Hong Kong, here are three of mine that shaped my overall Global Edge experience.

Ocean Park Hong Kong: Asia’s largest theme park

I had the opportunity to go to Ocean Park through my host company, Palapple, during my internship. Ocean Park was looking to build upon their current mobile app and my company submitted a proposal to develop the project for them. Ocean Park combines the excitement of a theme park with the learning experience of a zoo. It spans over 226 arces, which is divided into two sections, the Waterfront and the Summit and can be traversed by a cable car or railway system known as the Ocean Express. While I was there I was able to try all the attractions, which ranged from roller coasters to rapid river rides to seeing new animal exhibits, such as the koalas from Australia and an educational dolphin show. Ocean Park was an amazing experience, which lives up to the line that your parents would tell you when you were younger, “Learning can be fun!”

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Topics: Faculty of Business and Information Technology, Go Global