LIFE EXPERIENCE

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How Dating is like Interviewing and How to Conquer Both

Co-operative Education

Interviews can be a stressful event, full of anxiety and confusion. Much like the dating world, interviews are a first meeting where you are desperately hoping the other person will like you and vice versa. Here are some things to keep in mind for either situation.

By: Jessica Parsons 3184 reads | 0 comments
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My Life as an International Student: Becoming Different in a Different Culture

Career Exploration

If you are an international student struggling with language and culture barriers in Canada, you are not alone. Liu Siyu, is a fourth-year international student here to share her stories about study, work, and career. 

By: Liu Siyu 3366 reads | 0 comments
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Working in Germany with the International Paralympic Committee

Life Experience

Written during Liz's time at her international Co-op with the International Paralympic Committee, learn how it was a dream come true as it helped her grow both professionally and personally.

By: Liz Montroy 1989 reads | 0 comments
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For the Blossoming Wallflowers: 3 Tips for Navigating the Workplace as an Introvert

Life Experience

Starting in a new workplace as an introvert can seem like a terrifying thing. Even though Camille would much rather hide behind the camera and observe, she knew that the easy way out doesn’t EVER produce the most growth and value. Truly seeking a growth-oriented mindset brings along with it the need to stretch our comfort zones. With that being said, she wants to share her tips in hopes that they can help other blossoming wallflowers to pursue excellence despite the discomfort social situations may often bring.

By: Camille Reyes 9883 reads | 0 comments
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Keep Sight of Your Purpose

International

As many university students know, the start of many major projects begins with a very simple thing -- procrastination. And that is definitely what I did before departing for my co-op term in South Korea. However, I soon found that when it comes to teaching you have to have a plan. 

By: Jeremiah Chun Wu Chan 2837 reads | 0 comments
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How Co-op Took Me Across the World to a Rural City in Southern India

Communique

My first co-op position took me halfway across the globe to a rural town in India. Although there are many events that stand out in my life, none compare to this extraordinary and life-changing experience.

By: Mariah McKnight 3858 reads | 0 comments
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Spring “Camping” in Nepal

International Co-op

On placement with Partnership for Sustainable Development in Kathmandu, Nepal, Health Sciences students Marie Purificacion and Tessa Leyland decided to extend their contribution to a community in need and enrich their learning experience, by raising resources for a Free Health Camp. 

By: Tessa Leyland 4106 reads | 0 comments
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Why I am Done Saying “What If” and Beating Myself Up for Not Subscribing to the 4-Year Plan

Lifelong Learning

Take four years to complete university, and start working immediately after in a degree relevant job. Sound like a familiar goal? For Scarlett, this was a pipe dream that she just didn’t want to chase anymore. Rather than racing against time, she took the opportunity to weave her academics into the workplace through the Co-op program, forging her own path towards her professional goals.

By: Scarlett Poole 3947 reads | 0 comments
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Four Tips for Students Thinking of Pursuing International Co-op in Japan

Co-op

Are you thinking about traveling to Japan for international co-op? Here are some tips that may help you kick start your journey.

 

By: Kiera Warren 3180 reads | 0 comments
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Early Departures: A Canadian Co-op Experience in China

Arts and Social Sciences

My passion for hockey has brought me to China to coach hockey for the summer. From Ottawa to China, SFU Co-op has helped me explore my interests and expand my learning while giving me skills, practical work experience and an opportunity to travel.

By: Tatum Miller 4281 reads | 0 comments
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How to Approach the World

Diversity & Inclusion

On my first day of work, I woke up too early, rehearsed too much, and imagined too many scenarios which didn’t end up happening. I thought, “What if the students don’t listen to me? What if they don’t like my lesson? What if they don’t like ME!?” Looking back at my experience teaching English in South Korea, it’s funny to think that I began my new life plagued with all of these worries. 

By: Edna Ng 3667 reads | 0 comments
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The Best of Studying Abroad in South Korea

International Exchange

Are you on the fence about studying abroad? Fourth year business student, Vivyn Zhou shares how an international exchange in South Korea impacted her, and why you should consider applying too.

By: Vivyn Zhou 14725 reads | 0 comments
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How to Handle Change: An International Student’s Guide to Navigating SFU

Networking

While going to university in itself is a major change, moving across the globe to study poses indescribable challenges. In a new country whether you are here for a semester or for years to come, I look back on my own experience to offer some resources that will help you navigate your time at SFU. 

By: Yasmim 11439 reads | 0 comments
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Reconciliation at INAC: Towards a Renewed Relationship with Indigenous Peoples

Personal Development

As someone who has always been passionately engaged with both political and social issues, a job with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada checked two very important boxes. Little did I know, it would teach me much more than I could have ever expected. 

By: Michelle Raine 6657 reads | 0 comments
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5 Ways to Avoid the Long Distance Travel Blues

International

A long bus or plane ride is associated with awkward social situations, a lack of food options, the weird tiny bathroom in the back, and of course, trying not to become mind-numbingly bored.  I’ve investigated past personal experiences to build a survival guide to avoid the long-distance travel blues.

By: Daniel Frolick 16409 reads | 0 comments
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The Art of (Not) Having It All Figured Out

Volunteering

Choosing a career is not about selecting an archetype (like ‘lawyer’, or ‘doctor’, or ‘teacher’), but about exploring who you are, what your skill set is, and what type of career will be a good fit for you. In this blog, I talk about letting go of the pressure to have it all figured out, and to instead embrace different ideas and explore different options to find a career that fits. 

By: Claire Wallace 14690 reads | 0 comments
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5 Things Learned From Living & Working in Another Country

Co-op

From the highest of highs to the lowest of lows, I share my experiences and lessons learned from when I lived and worked in the heart of Bavaria, Germany at the adidas Group global headquarters.

By: Gary Li 5466 reads | 0 comments
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Stop Worrying and Start Living: Using Uncertainties to Discover Yourself

Graduate Student

Take a deep breath. Look around you. Everyone has uncertainties! However, embracing your uncomfortable and uncertain situation is the first step to discovering yourself.  

By: Richard Han 5464 reads | 0 comments
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SFU Joins National Conversation on International Learning Experiences for Students

Co-op

SFU has joined the Canadian Bureau for International Education’s (CBIE) Learning Beyond Borders (LBB) initiative to inspire more students to take advantage of learning experiences in other countries. Learn more about this initiative and what is means for you! 

By: Justin Wong 3873 reads | 0 comments
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Co-op in Japan: Traversing Cultures

Japan

After finishing two co-op semesters in Canada, Health Sciences student Samantha Lui wanted to take things farther and ventured off to Japan for eight months as a Research Assistant with the Kao Corporation. Find out how she successfully transitioned into a new environment whilst exploring every part of this exciting country.     

By: Samantha Lui 3943 reads | 0 comments