When making a decision about whether to study in Canada, one of the most important things you can do is hear advice from students who are currently studying in Canada. Below, we profile one student every week, who is currently studying in Canada. Enjoy!

 

Gifty, University of Guelph student

March 1st, 2012: Interview with Gifty A.

1. What university or college do you attend? University of Guelph
2. What program are you studying? Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
3. What year are you in? 2nd Year
4. What is your home country? Ghana
5. What do you enjoy most about your program? It doesn’t restrict you. You can take classes from other fields and apply it to your major.
6. What do you enjoy most about your campus? Academic and residence buildings are close and the campus is well structured.
7. What do you enjoy least about university/college? Nothing. Even if you are having a bad day there is always someone willing to answer your questions and help you.
8. Did you live in residence, homestay or off-campus in your first year?  I lived in residence.
9. Would you recommend your accommodation from first year to other students?  Yes, residence is the best and easiest way to make friends. Being new in the city you don’t want to live somewhere you are not familiar with. I think its important to get familar with your campus setting before moving off campus.
10. Have you enjoyed the city or town where your campus is located? Yes I love Guelph. Its is very friendly and everyone knws everyone.
11. If you could give one piece of advice to an international student considering studying in Canada what would it be? Research your university and the area it is located in. Finding out more about how small or large the community is will allow you to know if it is right for you.
12. What career do you hope to pursue upon graduation? I hope to continue my studies and specialize in Criminology.

 

Lana, Carleton University student

February 22nd, 2012: Interview with Lana A.

1. What university or college do you attend? Carleton University.
2. What program are you studying? Bachelor of Commerce: Finance.
3. What year are you in? 4th (and final) year.
4. What is your home city & country? Manama, Bahrain.
5. What do you enjoy most about your program? The ability to gain a broad understanding of the main aspects of business. Even though my concentration is in finance, I have learnt many useful things about other business functions like marketing, and accounting.
6. What do you enjoy most about your campus? The campus is compact, so all the buildings are close together and within walking distance. Also, the tunnels throughout campus are especially useful during the winter.
7. What do you enjoy least about university/college?There is constant studying and work that needs to be done, so it can get a little hectic and stressful.
8. Did you live in residence, homestay or off-campus in your first year? I lived in residence, Glengarry House.
9.Would you recommend your accommodation from first year to other students? Yes. It’s very convenient to live on-campus, especially if it’s your first year and you don’t know Ottawa that well. I think that settling in, making friends, and getting used to the routine of university is made a lot simpler by living on campus.
10. Have you enjoyed the city or town where your campus is located? Yes, Ottawa is a nice balance of city and rural life. Also, since it’s small it’s easy to get around and get to know.
11. If you could give one piece of advice to an international student considering studying in Canada what would it be? Do a good amount of research on the city that the university is located in. If you don’t like where you are it’ll affect the quality of your experience. If you can, visit the universities you got accepted to beforehand to make sure it’s the kind of place you’d like to be in.
12. What career do you hope to pursue upon graduation? Financial analyst.

 

 

Elizabeth G. student at York University

February 17th, 2012: Interview with Elizabeth G.

1. What university or college do you attend? York University, Keele Campus
2. What program are you studying? Major: East Asian Studies Minor: Visual Arts
3. What year are you in?  5th year (and last thankfully)
4. What is your home country? Born in Venezuela, my family currently lives in Trinidad
5. What do you enjoy most about your program? The versatility of my program is definitely its best trait. I can study different areas of my field and find something that I’m really interested about and enjoy.
6. What do you enjoy most about your campus? What I really enjoy most about the Keele campus is that it is its own city. It doesn’t have the greatest variety, but you can find anything you might need in a rush without having to leave campus for it. Also the Superstore grocery is just a 15 min bus ride from York, and there are also buses available for various parts of downtown for whenever you feel like escaping from campus life.
7. What do you enjoy least about university/college?Unfortunately, York is a victim of assaults and robberies, so sometimes it is necessary to have your eyes on your back. But the school does offer services such as “Go Safe” which can accompany you home at late hours.
8. Did you live in residence, homestay or off-campus in your first year? I lived at the Pond Road Residence from my first year until my fourth and moved out in my fifth year to a house in The Village.
9. Would you recommend your accommodation from first year to other students? I would definitely recommend Pond for students in the first and second year. It provides some experiences that I think are necessary for any university student. However you might want to start looking for a place after your second year. For many of us, it became the case that residence was just too loud for all the work we had to do in our later years.
10. Have you enjoyed the city or town where your campus is located? I have to admit I’m not familiar with the North York community at all. Most of my weekends, I would grab a bus/subway and go downtown Toronto where there is always something different to experience and enjoy.
11. If you could give one piece of advice to an international student considering studying in Canada what would it be? My advice to an international student coming to Canada would be to come prepared for the cold winter. Not in clothing, but in attitude. You have to be willing to make the effort and look for chances to go out with friends and experience new things. If not, I’m afraid you will get homesick very quickly if you always stay inside because it’s cold.
12. What career do you hope to pursue upon graduation? After graduating, I would like to attend either York or George Brown College to get a  post graduate certificate in Entertainment Management.

 

 

Orville T: student at the University of Waterloo

February 10th, 2012: Interview with Orville T.

1. What university or college do you attend? University of Waterloo
2. What program are you studying? Accounting and Financial Management
3. What year are you in?  4th Year
4. What is your home city & country?  Manchester, Jamaica
5. What do you enjoy most about your program?  The most attractive feature of my program is the opportunity to acquire practical experience through the mandatory co-operative work terms. On top of the invaluable classroom knowledge, we are able to supplement 8 school terms with 4 fulfilling work terms spread across the 4 years.
6. What do you enjoy most about your campus?  I particularly enjoy the wealth of extra-curricular activities that are made available to students. I can choose to get involved in any activity related to academics, sports or recreation.
7. What do you enjoy least about university/college?  I can’t identify any experience or feature of my university life that I don’t enjoy. All my experiences, whether negative or positive contribute to shaping a well spent university tenure.
8. Did you live in residence, homestay or off-campus in your first year?  I have been living in campus residence since first year.
9. Would you recommend your accommodation from first year to other students?  I lived in a dorm style residence in first year and I would certainly recommend it to prospective students. The residences have experienced upper year students in charge of the floors and they provide great support for residents. Dorm style residences also have amenities like cafeterias which make living very easy.
10. Have you enjoyed the city or town where your campus is located?  I have enjoyed the city of Waterloo. There is a high student population in the region and I find that all the necessities are either a short walk or a bus-ride away.
11. If you could give one piece of advice to an international student considering studying in Canada what would it be?  Embrace the cultural variety and get involved in as many social activities as possible.
12. What career do you hope to pursue upon graduation?  I hope to pursue the CA and CMA designations and serve in senior Finance and Accounting roles in either the Banking or Telecommunications industry, after having completed my required hours in public accounting.

 

 

Dayana W. and the beautiful Toronto skyline

February 3rd, 2012: For our first entry we interview Dayana W. Check out what she has to say about studying in Canada…   

1. What university or college do you attend? University of Toronto: St. George Campus
2. What program are you studying? Economics & Political Science
3. What year are you in? 3rd year
4. What are your from? Penang, Malaysia
5. What do you enjoy most about your program? Economics and Politics have a lot of overlap but both are interesting programs that have broadened my horizons and have taught me many things.
6. What do you enjoy most about your campus? What I enjoy most about U of T is the beautiful setting, hundred year old buildings and the modern city buildings all around.
7. What do you enjoy least about university/college? The only thing that I’m not so keen about would be the weather here in Toronto! I come from a tropical country, cold is something that I’m not used to.
8. Did you live in residence, homestay or off-campus in your first year? Residence
9. Would you recommend your accommodation from first year to other students? I would highly recommend that 1st year students live in residence, see if you like it or not. The experience is worth it.
10. If you could give one piece of advice to an international student considering studying in Canada what would it be? Well, my advice for international students coming to Canada would be…dress warmly!