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, Lifestyle, Fun facts, Finance and money, Study abroad, International students

First Year Myths and Misconceptions

Posted by Chikodili Odinakachukwu on March 26, 2019 at 9:03 AM

As you prepare to enter your fist year of university, it is essential to prepare your mind. Do not come in with any preconceived notions because they usually end up false or making you feel disappointed.

Life at university will usually entail a lot of figuring out and sometimes you’ll even have to figure yourself out. So now before you arrive, clear your thoughts and control your imagination.

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Topics: Academics, Lifestyle, Fun facts, Study abroad, International students

The beginning of your journey as an international student

Posted by Rilita Theodora on January 30, 2019 at 9:04 AM

Nervous and excited. Those two words may describe your feelings as an international student when you first came to live in a new country.

That was exactly how I was feeling when I first moved here. I was excited to find new challenges, but also nervous and often thought, “Am I able to do this?” But now I can assure you: yes, you can!

Here are some tips that you can use to adapt yourself to the university life.


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Topics: Lifestyle, Study abroad, International students

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: Academics, Local news and culture, Lifestyle, Fun facts, Ask Hunter, Finance and money, Study abroad, International students

Four skills you'll gain by travelling solo while attending university

Posted by Disha Melwani on January 22, 2019 at 9:06 AM

At some point during our post-secondary education, many of us have thought of (or maybe already have) travelled somewhere inside or outside the country.

As you embark on your journey as a future university student, there could be multiple reasons to incorporate travelling into the picture. For example, joining our university’s exchange program, experiencing education as an international student, learning a new language or simply gaining a new experience.

In this blog, I will be pointing out four lifetime skills you will gain and reasons why you should consider travelling in your future as a university student.

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Topics: Lifestyle, Study abroad

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: Academics, Lifestyle, Study abroad, International students

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: Academics, Fun facts, 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: Academics, Lifestyle, Faculty of Engineering and Applied Science, Study abroad, International students

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: Study abroad