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Here is What I Learned About Cheap Cafeteria Foods in Canada

Cafeteria food is a convenient and cheap way to fuel yourself during the school day. The low costing food items can help everyone with all price ranges, a healthy and nutritious meal. Cafeteria food may vary from school to school, to name some, menu items, meat and vegetable options, choice of the daily meals, and even some schools simply not having a cafeteria system operated. For example places like Japan often do not have cafeterias inside high schools and elementary schools as they eat pre-determined meals and inside classrooms.

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Four Biggest Benefits of Volunteering for International Students in Canada

In Canada, a myriad of people often volunteer, especially, most students have to do it in order to People often volunteer in Canada, especially students, who must do so in order to graduate from school. In contrast, volunteering is not as common in Japan. I had never volunteered before I moved to Canada, but now that I’m here, I’ve mostly been making posters for Instagram and editing videos as a volunteer. Participating in volunteer work has given me four benefits. Using my experience as an international student, I will explain why volunteering is important to them.

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International Student at University of the Fraser Valley Awarded Medal for Social Justice Art Project

International Student Faria Firoz moved to Canada from Bangladesh with her husband Mynol Vhuiyan in 2016. She has lived in Canada for just 5 years and already have made a recognition as an International Student by using her art to advocate for social issues.
She is one of the four artists who worked on the Black Lives Matter (BLM) social justice art project. The project was launched on June 12 at the University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) in response to the BLM movement. Her commitment to advocacy has earned Firoz the 2021 Lieutenant Governor’s medal at the UFV.
The criteria for the Lieutenant Governor’s medal include student’s involvement in promoting diversity, inclusion, and reconciliation.


Self-care during Online Schooling with Monica De Luna

There is no secret that we have had to become very creative during the pandemic. Spending most of our time at home has made it quite apparent that it can be frustrating being unable to interact with your environment in person. Attending classes online is also very difficult. With all

Genevieve’s Story: What Makes International Students Brave

“You don’t have to see the whole staircase, just take the first step.” These are the famous words of Martin Luther King Jr. about taking a leap of faith – and this could best describe how brave young international students who travelled halfway across the world to study in Canada


Canada Broadened My Perspective of the World

Canada is one of the top choices for international students to study and migrate. We had a pleasure to talk to one of the students, Danah Reyes, a graduate from Interactive Media Design program from Seneca College in Toronto. We talked with her about her background, studies, and overall experiences

Toshie Found His Dream Job in Vancouver

Originally from Indonesia, grew up in Guangzhou, then Shanghai and graduated High School in Singapore. Since the age of four, Toshie Kaligis has always been immersed in multicultural environments. It made his move to Vancouver a lot smoother. On top of that, Toshie mentioned that Vancouverites are really friendly and


East Meets West: Indonesian Vancouverite

I’m Indonesian and was born in Indonesia. At the age of 9, my family moved to Qatar, a small peninsula in the Middle East and I continued my journey to Canada after High School. Many people who are close to me were concerned about me fleeing home to study in

Finding a 2nd Home at Georgian College

Georgian College strives to introduce their community to each other through a media segment known as the People of Georgian. Here, they share stories of amazing faculty, staff and students to highlight their experiences at Georgian College, as well as their goals for the future. Recently, they featured international student Jose

Mississauga Christian Academy] Become a Well-Rounded Student at MCA!

  The Mississauga Christian Academy (MCA) in Ontario is here to provide international students of all ages, levels and interests with a rewarding experience studying and living in Canada. So, the private school offers a number of programs from middle school, to kindergarten, and summer/winter short programs. Students who complete

Make Great Friends and Learn from the Best in Canada!

Hayato is a Japanese international student who recently studied at a language school in Vancouver, Canada. Hayato found that through the experience of learning in Canada, they were able to improve their English skills, work with friendly and kind teachers and make friends from all corners of the world. This

[AC] Introducing Scholarship Recipient with Kaining Zheng!

Alexander College recently named Kaining Zheng, an international student from China, a recipient of the Fall 2019 Alexander College Scholarship in Computing Science. In a new interview, he tells viewers all about his experience in Alexander College and Vancouver to date, including information on his studies, social life and more! The

[Munro Academy] A Great Christian Academy – Just Ask the Students!

  Munro Academy is an independent, Christian school in Nova Scotia. At Munro, educators seek to provide students with a supportive, loving educational community. Here, students explore critical thinking and writing, learn to love learning, and develop their Christian faith or learn from a Christian perspective. The institute has been a

Taking Online Class during COVID-19: How do you study?

Nagisa is an international student in Vancouver, Canada, who previously wrote the article “Flying Back to Japan During COVID19”. In Canada, almost all school campuses are closed due to the pandemic, and most of the post-secondary institutions have shifted their in-person courses to online courses. She is currently taking some


Flying Back to Japan During COVID19

Nagisa is an international student studying in Vancouver at Capilano University. She recently decided to fly back home to Japan since her semester was close to over and the situation of COVID19 was worsening here in Canada. Her flight home was very different than usual, many precautions were taken in order

[Vancouver School Board] Newcomers Share Their Stories!

The Vancouver School Board’s resources for newcomers and international students learning English have led to remarkable improvements in students’ lives, and not just in terms of understanding English. For some of the students below, they were better able to make friends have joined sports, team or joined other clubs. All struggled a


[Comox Valley SD] Studying in Canada will be Unforgettable

  Sakura, an international student from Japan, says that studying in Canada was a truly unforgettable experience. But even if it was very different from Japan, she said she learned to be more open during her time here. Moreover, she enjoyed being able to pursue something she was passionate about


[Brescia University] Becoming a Leader and Being Yourself

  At Brescia University College, one international student is already on her way to becoming a very inspiring leader. Qiaoyu Wu or more commonly known as Grace Wu is a graduate from the class of 2019. Grace completed her undergraduate degree in Non-Profit Management. But while she was in the program, she


[Algonquin College] From Animation Student to Studio

  Algonquin College offers one of the best animation programs in the country, according to the 2019 Animation Career Review. Students will learn about industry-standard technologies, drawing, and animation skills. As a result, many former students are now in very lucrative careers. One of those is a former international student, Rio

[Vancouver Career College] A Degree May Not be Everything

If a company like Ernst and Young can remove the requirement of a degree when applying to them, then it will make you think. The reason was that there was no evidence to suggest that success at university means success later in life. So this again may make you think.


[Selkirk College] Web Development Program is Changing Careers and Lives

One of the reasons Selkirk College made a Web Development Program was to meet the demand of the tech industry. In fact, many in-demand jobs now are from that sector. And Selkirk College’s first cohorts of their Web Development Program will be ready by the spring of 2020. From Trades to

[John Casablancas Institute] Business, Hairstyling, and K-Pop!

  For some, a calling to hairstyling comes from inspiration from celebrities. For others, like Nayeon (Nina) Park, it was all around her from when she was young. Nina was born and raised in Seoul, Korea. Her mother used to cut hair when she was young. And her best friend’s


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