Pari Johnston, AUCC
Fulbright Center järjesti tammikuussa korkeakoulujen kansainvälisten asiain opintoneuvojille kaksi koulutuspäivää, joiden teemana oli opiskelu Kanadassa. Näissä "Study in Canada - Higher Education Opportunities and Exchanges" -tilaisuuksissa käsiteltiin kanadalaista korkeakoulujärjestelmää, tutkintorakenteita, opiskelijoiden vaihtoehtoja sekä opiskeluvaihtoa Suomen ja Kanadan välillä.
Koulutuspäivillä puhuivat Pari Johnston AUCC:stä, Peter Mörkeberg Kanadan suurlähetystön konsulaattiosastolta Tukholmasta, Samu Seitsalo CIMO:sta ja Terhi Topi Fulbright Centeristä. Kanadalainen opiskelija Andrea Brandt kertoi omista opiskelukokemuksistaan University of Waterloossa.
The Canadian Student Experience The easiest way for me to summarize the Canadian student experience is to call it an experience of a lifetime. It’s a time for selfdiscovery, making enduring friendships, and of course, for learning - not only in the classroom but outside of the academic field as well. Since I graduated in the fall of 2003 with a BA in Anthropology from the University of Waterloo in Ontario, I have been able to take a step back and reflect upon my years there. At the time, I remember being stressed out about my courses – being behind in what seemed like a mountain of required reading, having to write essays and exams, sometimes two on the same day. But looking back, I realize that I learned just as much outside of my studies as in them. My Canadian student experience was not just about my courses, it was about the people that I met and how I handled the challenges and rewards of both. I consider my university experience to have been a fairly typical Canadian student experience. For most university students in Canada, their lives are dominated by two areas –academic life and non-academic campus life. A student’s academic life revolves around his or her courses and the inevitable
coursework like assignments and exams. described in three words: food, friends, and Lectures form the backbone of a course as fun. Living in residence means eating cafeteria they are the main forum for teaching. food and cafeteria food is notorious across Depending on his or her faculty, a student Canada and the U.S. for being “not-so-good.” will generally have between 15 and 25 hours Cafeteria food is the leading cause of the of class per week. Courses are designed not medical condition that afflicts most first year only to pass information onto students but students – the freshman 15. It refers to the also to develop their analytical and research average amount of weight freshmen gain while living in residence their first year, about 15 skills. Courses help university students to earn pounds each. But there is hope. Because of our diet-crazed degrees, but I believe that societies, cafeterias are students in Canadian under pressure to universities learn just "My Canadian provide their students as much outside of the student experience was with a wider variety and classroom as in it. The not just about my better quality of foods. encouragement that courses, it was Even with such students receive in about the people that improvements though, their courses to become I met and how I cafeteria food can never freethinkers is mirrored handled the challenges in their non-academic equal the superiority of and rewards of both." Mom’s home cooking. campus lives where Complaining about the they have the freedom cafeteria food is one of to become more the ties that bind residence students together. independent and open-minded. For most students, going to university is To me, a typical non-academic campus life in Canada involves living in a university their first time living away from home. First residence, making friends, and getting involved year students move away from their parents, in campus activities. Residence life is one of often to a different city or even to a different the highlights of university and can be best part of the country. Moving into residence
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