Monday, 29 August 2016
No matter how much research you do, living in a foreign country for more than a few days is a roller coaster of emotions. From the food and transit, to the manners and the language, there's so much to learn in so little time. Oh, and your survival depends on it. The process is called “culture shock” and it's an integral part of travelling for an extended period of time. If you're already abroad (shout out to all of our newly arrived international students!) or plan on going someday, I hope this piece gives you an idea of what's to come.
Here are the eight stages of culture shock that I experienced during my Go Abroad experience this summer in Tokyo, Japan this summer:
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Wednesday, 17 August 2016
“If you are cold, tea will warm you; if you are too heated, it will cool you; If you are depressed, it will cheer you; If you are excited, it will calm you.”
In the wise words of William Ewart Gladstone, a former Prime Minister of Great Britain, we learn that tea is the answer for everything. (And I truly believe it is)
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Monday, 15 August 2016
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Wednesday, 10 August 2016
It’s time for the Edmonton International Fringe Festival and incoming BFA student Melanie Bahniuk has a few tips and a lot of insights into what it’s been like to get ready for her first behind-the-scenes Fringe adventure.
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Monday, 8 August 2016
Friday, 5 August 2016
Wednesday, 3 August 2016
During pre-university years, I was like every young adolescent; I was constantly switching what I wanted to be when I grew up. I started out wanting to become a teacher. As a child, I loved my teachers so much that I wanted to follow in their footsteps one day. Then I suddenly discovered a deep love for dinosaurs - and no, I wasn’t six. I was sixteen. I then decided that being a paleontologist was the only career for me. But, that dream soon started to fade away as I entered a job as a beauty advisor and discovered my passion for skincare. At that point, a dermatologist seemed to be the perfect career for me. So, I enrolled at the University of Alberta in the faculty of Science.
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Wednesday, 27 July 2016
Summer as a 20 year old is extremely different to summer as a child, hence the distinction between childhood, and adulthood. When I was a kid, summer usually involved camping trips, running barefoot on concrete at the outdoor water-park, spending hours at the playground, and eating tons of watermelon. Because of my childhood, the sound of sprinklers, lawn mowers, and indoor fans and the smell of sunscreen and mosquito spray will forever remind me of the summertime. While some of these activities have remained a part of my summer routine, I can definitely say that “growing up” has changed a lot of things.
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