The first year at a new school can be tough.
New classes, new friends, new schedule…maybe even a new country or city you have to learn to navigate (if you’re from out of town). It can be a wonderful rush or a rude awakening.
Here’s how it’s been for 5 students at Humber:
Drew Campbell, Media Studies
For Drew, life is all about being an individual and expressing his creativity. To him that means competing in local high skills competitions and creating a rap style safety PSA. Drew’s passions have led him to Humber where he runs a digital blog discussing all things from politics to rap. He plans to continue putting his own unique spin on writing and pursue a degree and career in journalism.
Above all, Drew is an individualist. He puts himself out in the world and doesn’t worry about how others view him. His best advice for current and future students is to be positive and put yourself out there – meet people in class and talk to people next to you. Humber has so many amazing people and and it’s really about finding people that you jive with, especially if you’re in a creative or technology based program.
Check out Drew’s video: The Ballad of Safety James.
Avery Williams, Jazz Performance
Dancing, singing, and acting are what make up Avery’s world. A singer in Jazz Performance – Intro to Commercial Jazz, Avery transferred to Humber at the beginning of this year. She has been singing since age 3 and dancing since age 5.
The best thing about her Humber experience so far has without a doubt been “meeting all the music students and vibing with them, having jam sessions, singing, and playing instruments” says Avery. Even though her program and peers keep her busy, her experience so far has been nothing short of “amazing”.
Avery urges incoming students to make friends sooner and to not to try and do everything alone. “Having a good support community is really important”, says Avery, and “putting yourself out there and getting involved can help you achieve that.”
Rohan Hastings, Police Foundations (Left) & Jeffrey Osaifo (Right)
Rohan (Left) is originally from Jamaica, coming to Humber for the Police Foundations program. Together with his friend Jeffrey (Right) he feels that life is all about laughing, being yourself, and being focused on what you want. When he is not focused on getting work done on time, Rohan enjoys playing the Banjo and jamming out to music.
Humber has been an eye-opening experience for both Rohan and Jeffrey, helping them develop their success-based mentality. “The atmosphere on campus is really nice,” they both agreed, saying that the nearby lake and spacious campus helps them both focus and recharge.
When asked to describe himself in one word, Rohan quickly told us he was “gorgeous”. He focuses on the good and avoids the bad, and truly feels like he is a gorgeous person inside and out.
Rohan’s tips for incoming students are to be yourself, try new things, be focused, and always keep good friends and company.
Jennifer Joseph, Bachelor of Child and Youth Care
While her dream job is to be a dancer, Jennifer is also passionate about helping people, volunteering, and taking care of children. Her first year at Humber has been spent buried in the books and keeping up with classes like most students. While Humber is a different atmosphere than she’s used to, she loves how helpful and kind the student body is, as well as how organized the campus is. In her free time, Jennifer is involved at her residence, as well as with First Year Experience.
She encourages all incoming students to get involved and meet people. “Above everything else don’t be afraid, and don’t let your nerves get to you. If you psyche yourself out, then you’ll be going at it all alone,” said Jennifer.
Kyle Campbell, Bachelor of Commerce and Fashion Management
For Kyle, a Commerce and Fashion Management student from the Bahamas, being at Humber is an entirely new experience. The biggest difference, says Kyle, is not only the cold but the class sizes – he is used to classes of 10-20 people. Despite this, he says that the people and environment are nice and inviting; the campus, the student body, and residence have done a good job of helping him adapt and survive here in Toronto.
Kyle’s biggest tips for new students to Humber, and to Canada, are to study, make sure you get all of your work done, and take advantage of all that Toronto and Humber has to offer.
If you want to get to know Kyle better, he recommends reading Paper Towns by John Green – a story that he feels best defines him.