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My Life as an International Student: Becoming Different in a Different Culture

Life Experience

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

By: Liu SIyu 44 reads | 0 comments
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Working in Germany with the International Paralympic Committee

International

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 31 reads | 0 comments
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For the Blossoming Wallflowers: 3 Tips for Navigating the Workplace as an Introvert

Career Exploration

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 408 reads | 0 comments
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Keep Sight of Your Purpose

International

As many university students may know, and can attest to, the start of any major projects begins with a very simple thing. That one thing is usually procrastination. And that is definitely the one thing that I did before departing. I soon found that, when teaching, it is important to make plans and have a solid layout, but more important to be flexible enough to change that very plan if it doesn’t work.

By: Jeremiah Chun Wu Chan 329 reads | 0 comments
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How Co-op Took Me Across the World to a Rural City in Southern India

Life Experience

My first co-op position took me halfway across the globe to a rural town in India. This experience taught me, not only about a completely unfamiliar culture and way of life, but just as important and profound, it taught me about myself. Although there are many events that stand out in my life, none compare to this extraordinary and life-changing experience.

By: Mariah McKnight 689 reads | 0 comments
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Spring “Camping” in Nepal

Community Engagement

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 589 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

Co-operative Education

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 972 reads | 0 comments
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Four Tips for Students Thinking of Pursuing International Co-op in Japan

International 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 472 reads | 0 comments
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Early Departures: A Canadian Co-op Experience in China

Co-op

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 1432 reads | 0 comments
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How to Approach the World

Co-op

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 1199 reads | 0 comments
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The Best of Studying Abroad in South Korea

International

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 2471 reads | 0 comments
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How to Handle Change: An International Student’s Guide to Navigating SFU

moving

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 2529 reads | 0 comments
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Reconciliation at INAC: Towards a Renewed Relationship with Indigenous Peoples

Indigenous

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 2485 reads | 0 comments
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5 Ways to Avoid the Long Distance Travel Blues

Top Tip Lists

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 2972 reads | 0 comments
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The Art of (Not) Having It All Figured Out

Career Services

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. 

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5 Things Learned From Living & Working in Another Country

Adidas

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 2779 reads | 0 comments
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Stop Worrying and Start Living: Using Uncertainties to Discover Yourself

Diversity & Inclusion

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 2664 reads | 0 comments
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SFU Joins National Conversation on International Learning Experiences for Students

Life Experience

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 1837 reads | 0 comments
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Co-op in Japan: Traversing Cultures

Co-operative Education

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 1398 reads | 0 comments
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Overcoming Cultural Pressures in University: A Personal Journey

Career Services

Being a university student in pursuit of a career is not easy, but when you factor in the pressures you face from your family, culture, and surrounding environment, it can become even tougher. This post tells the story of one student who dealt with overcoming these pressures and discovered something they loved to do.

By: Henna Pahal 2635 reads | 0 comments