The City of Toronto launched an airport welcome program for international students in August 2011. But one student, who was stranded at the airport when he arrived in the city, started his personal one before they did. Check out his story.
The first thing that strikes you about Preet Singh is his confidence and swagger. Once you hear the traces of Punjabi in his accent, you are reminded of Yuvraj Singh, the renowned Indian cricketer. The same slow thick drawl, the body build, the stubble on the face and a passion for cricket. They even went through the same grueling grind as aspiring cricketers practicing at the Mohali Cricket Stadium...
BY NATALIE SEQUEIRA For Ellie Kim, leaving university for seven months started with what she thought was just indigestion. Her stomach hurt a lot, she could not eat anything and she slowly started skipping classes days at a time, until she had fallen too far behind to go back. Nauseated and dizzy, she went to her university’s health centre. “They didn’t let me see a real doctor,” she said,...
International students often feel homesick or lonely in the first few years that they arrive in Toronto. The quick solution? Entertainment from home. We take a look at what international students read, watch and listen to on their ipods to make them feel more like home.
Niladri Chattopadhyay,clad in a plaid shirt and khaki pants, enters the awaiting elevator, presses floor two and backs up into the furthest corner.
Chattopadhyay who is in his late 20’s, is in Leslie L. Dan pharmacy building located at 144 College St. in Toronto. He is a graduate student at the University of Toronto’s pharmacy department.
Chattopadhyay came to Toronto from India with an undergraduate degree in pharmacy in 2007. Since that time he has been a graduate student at the faculty of pharmacy researching cures for breast cancer under Dr. Raymond Reilly.
“After I trained as a pharmacist, I was working with Pfizer Pharmaceuticals and I realized that to make a mark in the pharmaceutical industry or to rise in the industry, that I need the most minimal qualification, which is a PhD,” Chattopadhyay said.
For Charlene Williams, a third-year international development student at the University of Toronto (U of T), studying abroad was a scary decision, but one that she will forever be grateful for making.
“I didn’t know if I would have the money to do it or if I would get the credits to transfer back,” Williams said. “But I told myself
‘just do it.’”
Williams travelled to Trinidad in the summer of 2011 and cites it as the best summer of her life.
Now an ambassador for the study abroad program at the University of Toronto in Scarborough, Williams is helping other students take the leap of faith and try something out of the ordinary. But her reason for studying abroad goes beyond wanting to simply travel the world.
The University of Toronto Scarborough’s (UTSC) Women’s Centre room is situated in a quieter area of the university’s busy campus. Located on the upper level of the student centre, many students find comfort in this quiet getaway. The doors are a light wood and are almost always open. As students enter, they are immediately greeted by a colourful wall filled with bright yellow, pink and orange pamphlets.
Now, these aren’t just any ordinary pamphlets, these pamphlets are all about sex. The bright and decorative sheets of paper discuss a wide array of topics from advice on coming out to various coping methods for sexual assault victims. There are pamphlets on how to conduct a successful and sophisticated hand job and how to practice safe yet exciting sex.
Sean Adams* is a tall, dark and handsome 23-year-old. He’s a full time student and soccer star at Cornell University, an Ivy League school in the Upstate New York. He plays for the school’s team which is one of North America’s top teams and has even travelled the world thanks to his unbelievable talent. As if this isn’t enough, he’s fluent in two languages: English and French. He’s a...