International Live Chat #2: Adjusting to a New Culture

International Live Chat #2: Adjusting to a New Culture


Hi everyone! Welcome to the second installment of our International
Live Chat series. Why are we standing up? That’s a very good question. You know, feel free to stand up and follow
along with what we are going to be doing today. What we are going to be doing today? We’re not going to tell you – you’ll see
for yourselves. With that being said, please stay tuned. We will begin today’s proceeding in four
minutes. So while we’re getting ready – while you
are, you know, preparing yourself to absorb all this information again that we have for
you today, feel free to follow along. That’s it. You guys ready? Yes. Ready. You all are in for a surprise. Let me tell you something. [Music] Are you ready? Yes. Okay, let’s do it! Very popular in UW culture is salsa dancing. So – five, six, seven, and, one, two, three. Feel it? Feel it. That’s it. Feel it. And then ready for the one, right? Ok, that’s it. And then – One. Wait actually, I lost the timing one second One. Five. One. That’s it. One. Five. One. Five. One. Five. Move the elbows. Move the shoulders. Feel it. Then we’re going to do sidestepping. Five, four, three, two, one. Good – yeah yeah! Good, good. Well done, well done. Well, you should be teaching me the timing. Shreena, that’s great. One. Five. One. Good. We’ll go back to normal timing at the front. So just so you know, at the end of today’s
live chat you can always tell us how we did. How I did as a Salsa instructor too. I know the timing isn’t the best right now
because I am talking. I am multitasking. It isn’t the best. Just to let you know we will be starting today’s
proceedings in two minutes. Wow! Time flies when you’re having fun. Five, six, one. [Salsa Music] One. Five. That’s it. One. Five. One. Five. Doesn’t it remind you of the islands? It does! Oh my god. [Salsa Music]
We have the culture here so both of us could. There you go. Is there salsa dancing in China? Is it popular? I know there is salsa dancing for sure. Yeah, like I know I tried it before, but like
it was so interesting. I never tried this style. Oh – spin, spin, spin! Oh there we go! Guys we’re starting in one minute. So please get ready. We look forward to hearing from you today. We’re going to be continuing our morning
cardio. One, two – on the spot. On the spot. Five, six, seven, and, one, two, three. Okay, and let’s end with a turn. Good job. [Laughter]
Woo! Oh, let me get that. Yes. Perfect. Hi! Welcome everyone to the second installment
of our International Live Chat series. Woo I’m still blown from that. Yes. [Laughter]
We hope you enjoyed the salsa lesson. Just know that this is something that’s
very common at the University of Waterloo through the Mambo club. (4:01)
So, with all that being said Hi everyone. Bonjour à tous! My name is Kealan Branellec and I am a student
in the International Development Program within the Faculty of Environment. Hello. My name is Shreena and I’m in the Environment
and Business program here at the Faculty of Environment, and I come from a small island
called Mauritius. So hi everyone. I’m Limei. I’m currently studying Mathematics and I’m
in my 3B term. I come from China. I should have mentioned that I lived all my
life in France and Trinidad and Tabago. You know we get so comfortable here, sometimes
you just think you’re Canadian – right? I guess. It’s easy. It’s easy to adapt. Right and today we would like to hear something
about you. We’d like to connect with you. You’ll see that Shreena has an iPad – is
it an iPad? No it’s a Samsung pad in her hands. This is a way – a method of us talking to
you and communicating with you. We want to hear something about you. A fun fact about yourself. So please let us know in the chat by sending
the message to all participants. If you have any technical difficulties, if
you’re experiencing any issues with regards to audio or, you know, visuals – or anything
like that – please let us know by asking Ask Us panelist. By clicking that button. You know, as live chat hosts we have to find
out some more things about ourselves, right? We did this through a popular game called
Two Truths and a Lie. Through that game I learnt that Limei has
a twin sister. Yeah, so like, if you ever see me on campus
it might be me, it might be my sister – you never know! For me, I realized that Shreena actually speaks
one, two, three, four – four languages! Including Maritain Creole, Hindi, French,
and English. That was spot on. I’m trying to keep up. Right. I found out that Kelan’s favourite game
– no, favourite show – was Game of Thrones; before season eight. Before season eight, yeah. I would love to know what are some fun facts
about you. So make sure that you type in those answers
and we’ll share it with everyone soon. Perfect. Okay, so in the last live chat, in our first
instalment, we spoke about many services available on campus. Some of them included housing services, immigration
services, International Student Orientation, which is absolutely free and it’s a great
way to meet other people in the same – in the same, you know – in the same boat as
we once were. I don’t want to say the same boat, but it’s
a great resource to take advantage of. Today we would like to speak to you about
ways to get involved on campus, adjusting to a new culture, and the various
programs that are available on campus to ease your transition to a new Canadian culture,
and to a new university culture. So, it’s a lot, but we know we are well
prepared to inform you about everything the University – most of the things that the
University has to offer. Remember to send all questions to all participants
and you could also ask us directly by clicking on the “Ask Us” panelist button. So I want to introduce at the end we’ll
have a prize giveaway. [clapping] With a Waterloo thermos and with Canadian
magnets, and we’ll introduce to you how you can have the prize giveaway at the end. So please stay until the end. Thank you! Absolutely make sure you stay until the end
for the giveaway. Right now we’re sitting in Needles Hall
in The Centre. Basically, it’s a student hub for students
to go for their administrative needs, such as adding and dropping courses, ordering transcripts,
or even questions about financing advice and stuff. Just to let you know, we are in the Centre
right now and it’s fully working. It’s the morning so there might be some
background noises. There’s nothing wrong with your microphone
or anything; it’s just that it’s getting busy as the day goes along. I’m going to loop back to the activity and
come back to you and we’ll see what are our audience’s fun facts. That would be great. Yeah let’s hear. That’s exciting. Oh! We’ve got a lot of entries here guys. That’s amazing. Let’s hear. There’s Leonardo who likes to play Dungeons
and Dragons. Oh please, that’s a very famous game around
campus so that’s perfect! Manav had grown up in six different countries. Six? That’s great. I would love to know about your experiences. Yeah. Rahul. He’s a drummer. He’s a drummer so join the school band. You’re going to have so much fun here. There’s Denise who’s from Ghana and Davonic
liked season eight of Game of Thrones. Don’t hate him! We don’t hate people! You know, to each… Denise is it? Is it? It is Davonic. Davonic… you know, I… you know… okay. [Laughter] Prakriti actually loves exploring new cuisine. I can relate so much. Kezia and Nalini and Quang love anime. I believe we have an anime club. I’m not sure… I’m pretty sure we do. But a lot of people love it here on campus. Saru has never been on a flight before. That’s great. That’s very exciting – make sure that
you have your airport pillow. You know? Yes, airport pillow. So you’ll be able to sleep properly. It’s helped me a lot in the past. That’s going to be a great adventure for
you Saru. Saarang loves skiing, which is great. Raksha collected bottle caps, the ones that
can be opened using a bottle opener. Oh my god, I used to do that when I was a
kid! It’s crazy. I love the fact that there are people. Oh and we have, so — Manav Sharma said… So, in order… okay. I’m sorry, I’m sorry. So coming back to Manav. I’m so sorry – he’s grown up in six
different countries. Oh my god that’s so interesting. He’s been to Kazakhstan, Austria, Trinidad
and Tobago, India, Azerbaijan, and then the U.S. Damn! Look at you go man! That’s great! Well thank you guys for participating. It’s great to have so much fun facts and
have such an interesting audience. Yes. Yes. That’s amazing. So next we want to start with a Territorial
Acknowledgement, which is a way to recognize the
Indigenous people of Canada. So if you missed the very first live chat
this will be unfamiliar to you, but we wanted to introduce you to the territorial acknowledgement
before you come to Canada as it is a very important part of events in the University
of Waterloo. So now we want to acknowledge that we are
sitting on traditional territory of the Neutral, Anishinaabeg and Haudenosaunee peoples. The University of Waterloo is situated on
the Haldimand Tract, the land promised to the Six Nations that includes ten kilometres
on each side of the Grand River. We believe it is important to properly acknowledge
that the original – sorry – to acknowledge the original inhabitants of the land as a
step towards reconciliation. Thank you. That’s amazing. Well thank you Limei for doing that acknowledgement. That’s very important and you’ll find
that before every ceremony you’ll hear that statement. Yes! So coming back to you, Limei and Kealan, I
think that our audience would love to know some of your favourite things that you like
to do on campus. For me I’m a really big fan of music, so
I really love to check out all the concerts on campus and most of them are free. For me I go to the orchestra concert every
term and I remember that one of our audience members was a drummer. There is definitely so many like bands that
you can check out. My friend, who is part of the Engineering
Jazz Band is going to perform at the Uptown Waterloo Jazz Festival this Sunday! So I’m going to support her. That’s nice. That’s perfect. In my experience, I’ve formed a lot of – I’ve
developed a lot of resilience, in my perspective, through active participation and active physical
involvement in activities on campus. One of them is through the salsa and bachata
classes available through the Mambo club. They have allowed me to express myself in
a very rhythmic and dynamic way. Also, I take advantage of the Athletics and
Recreation programs available on campus and it’s really helps – they really help me
to stay connected and active. Yeah and live a more fulfilling lifestyle
as a student. Absolutely. For me there are two things actually. The first one, I’m not sure if you will
relate, but free food around campus. So most of the campus events have food accompanied
and its not only boring pizza. There’s so many things. If you stay on campus and get involved I’m
pretty sure your going to find so many good food. Also, the second thing is I like to participate
in the cultural clubs here. There is such a variety of clubs, like Indian
club, Caribbean club. Those are the main ones I am currently involved
in this term, but I’ve also learned about Vietnamese club and we have the Korean club
as well, which is amazing. So yeah, do tell us what are some of the hobbies
you’d like to continue when you come to the University of Waterloo here and make sure
that you’re answering to all participants so that we can share your answers with everyone. Wow! You speak so much languages you get involved
in so much things, I lost – I’m losing count on both hands. I do what I have to do! But speaking of the activities available on
campus, today with us we have Jon and Amanda. Jon is a Recreation Ambassador from the Athletics
and Recreation Department and Amanda is representing the Waterloo Undergraduate Students Association. They’re here to speak to us about the various
activities available on campus. So welcome. Good morning. Good morning. Thanks so much for having us. Yeah so about the chat, please leave your
questions in the chat and then we will come back to them in the end of the interview. So Jon and Amanda could you introduce yourselves
to the audience and let us know what activities do you like to do on campus? For sure. So my name is Jon and I’m in my third year
of Recreation and Sports Business. As Kealan nicely said, I am a Warrior Rec
Ambassador with the Athletics and Recreation Department and one of my favourite activities
would be presently is the Serve Volleyball club and that’s a pick-up volleyball league
available to all the students on campus. Hi! My name’s Amanda. I’m just getting over a cold right now so
if I’m coughing please bare with me and let me know if you can’t hear me. My name’s Amanda. I’m finishing up a double major in Speech
Communication and Women’s Studies, which is super exciting. I only have two courses left so I’m almost
done. Like you mentioned before I’m the VP Student
Life for the Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association. We advocate on behalf of students. For things I like to do for fun, I really
like volunteering so I’ve been really involved in some of our student run centres. I’ve been the coordinator of the Glow Centre
for Sexual and Gender Diversity for three terms, so that’s really awesome. Yes. So thank you Jon and Amanda. Now could you tell us a bit more about the
resources and the services that you offer to the UWaterloo students? One really great service that we have it’s
a student run service, so it’s all run by students, it’s called the International
and Canadian Student Network. It’s here to support all International students
and work as a way to network, and do social events, and just get people more accustomed
to Canada and different events that we have. So one big trip that they do is going to Niagara
Falls, so going to big Canadian landmarks. So we do that. We also have a trip to the Elmira Maple Syrup
Festival because we love maple syrup – it’s great! We just do a ton of events and it’s just
a great support system and a way to meet new people. That’s great. Talking about Elmira Maple Syrup I guess – I
don’t know if she’ll agree with me, but Canadians put maple syrup on everything. Everything! Yeah, it was great. Those resources are so good. Can you tell our international students how
they can get involved on campus? We have a ton of different ways for students
to get involved. Clubs is one of the best ones. We actually have over 250 different clubs. There are so many different clubs I would
not be able to list them all. Pretty much if you’re interested in something,
guaranteed there’s probably a club for it and if not you can make your own. We have everything from Quidditch Club to
salsa clubs. We have a cheese eating club. We have cultural clubs. Just so many different things. So it’s a great way to get involved and
meet new people. Absolutely. Yeah and with Athletics and Recreation, there’s
a variety of different ways to get involved, whether it’s intramurals, pick-up sports,
some of our Shoe Tag fitness classes. But, my recommendation would be, if you’re
a little unsure of what to do to get started, join – sorry register – for the Move Your
Mind program. That will allow you to get matched with an
activity that really suits your interests and needs. As well as another opportunity to get involved
would be to try out the Warrior Workout Buddy program and that is where a peer is matched
with you to be able to participate in this activity and it’s really a great way to
just get started. Both these programs can be found on gowarriorsgo.ca. Right and it seems like, you know, UWaterloo
takes a lot of pride in offering all of these services to students to make sure that they
have such a great level of student satisfaction. It seems as if it’s a very important part
of University culture. So tell us what are some benefits associated
in taking part in all these different activities or being a part of those societies on campus. What are the benefits according to you? Yeah, so like I mentioned before, being a
part of clubs is a great way to meet new people. We also have a ton of different student run
services from everything from the International Canadian Student Network to a Food Bank. We have a Women’s Centre. We have a centre that supports LGBTQ+ folks. It’s a great way to kind of learn more about
new things and volunteer, and give back to your community, but also just meeting new
people and finding new ways to explore the city. Not all of our clubs and events take part
on campus, so if you want to get to know the greater Waterloo area, like Uptown or Kitchener,
some of the clubs will do more trips out there. So it’s a great way to just meet new people
and get to explore more areas around you. Awesome. Getting involved with some of the various
physical activity opportunities on campus, there are some benefits because – actually
a study was done here and it found that by participating in activities, you have a very
positive impact on your grades and your experience. So it’s really just a positive and very
beneficial thing for you to get involved and it helps you transition from high school,
or wherever you might come from, to here at life at UW. Yeah, going off of that, I’m also an enthusiast
of fitness and recreation myself and I’ve seen the benefits that it has on, not only
myself, but on other students’ intellectual, creativity, and cognitive function. So we highly recommend you take advantage
of these services. Even the Association of Carribbean Students
that falls under the Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association they have helped me tremendously
and I’m sure you have given an account of that group as well. These cultural clubs should be – you should
look at them as viable options because they really allow you to feel at home, away from
home. They really help with that transition; to
find a good student from where you originated from who will be there with you through that
transition period. And, you know, hopefully give you some food
as well. At the same time to remind you that home is
actually not too far away. You can take home with you and find home away
from home. Also, on the concept of like cultural clubs,
it doesn’t matter if you’re only from one culture. You can discover so many different cultures
because the University of Waterloo actually really embraces this community building vibe
with every different culture and you meet people from all over. But, that’s great guys, so as you can see
there are so many different hobbies that you can still pursue here. So many different resources, clubs to join,
and there are benefits to it, so you should definitely check it out. Bringing it back to you. We’ve asked you a question about some of
your favourite hobbies, and we’ll just find out what our audience is up to. Alisha Panjwani loves doing make up – love
it! Naman Kathuria wants to continue improving
their guitar skills. That’s great. As well, Ravpreet wants to continue playing
badminton and I believe we have facilities that offered for badminton. Certainly. Absolutely! Leonardo Cruz would love to continue recreational
reading. That’s amazing. There’s always so many books in our libraries,
so you won’t get bored. Rashmi Gopaul loves swimming, singing, and
dancing. All over the place. I love it. And Jahnavi Shah wants to continue reading
fiction. There’s also again, many resources available. Raksha Shanbhag would love to continue running
marathons. That’s really cool. I’m pretty sure they do events for that. Make sure you check out the Cross Country
Varsity Team if you’re interested in being competitive. Yeah, that’s an option. Absolutely. Vaani R wants to continue reading. Eloise Fan loves reading as well, and musical
theatre, and swimming. These are amazing hobbies. Saarang Agarwal likes badminton as well, swimming,
ping pong, gym-ing. Japnaman Sing so, they said that – she or
he, said “I play guitar, sing and also play badminton.” We got a lot of badminton, music fans here,
and sports. That’s a great variety and I believe you
should keep it even during your studies because it makes you unique. But, Jon and Amanda, do you have anything
else to add and tell our audience? My advice is just to stay active and we look
forward to having you here on campus. Perfect. Just get involved as much as you can. Put yourself out there. Try to meet new people. We’re excited to meet you! We’re excited to make this a great community
for you. Absolutely. So I’m not going to leave you that soon
though. I have questions for all of you, but for Jon
specifically. So, Eloise wants to know if there are opportunities
to train for swimming without being on the varsity team? There certainly is. We have open swim hours, which you can find
on our website. Again: gowarriorsgo.ca. You can find hours and times that work with
your schedule. You can go and do free lane swim and it’s
all sectioned out and with lifeguards. That’s great. That’s great. I’m not sure if this is directed to Amanda,
but Naman is interested to know how to make friends from different cultures. Like we mentioned earlier, there’s International
Canadian Student Network and tons of different cultural clubs. You can join as many as you’d like. Like I mentioned, you don’t have to be a
part of that culture. You can go and join any club you’d like
and people are really happy to meet new people. Just put yourself out there. Yeah absolutely. Adding on to the cultural clubs, there’s
also a service that is run by the Student Success Office that is the IPC (International
Peer Community). It’s specifically for international students. It’s a great way to meet other international
students, participate in activities, discover Canadian culture, and just discover Canada
more I guess. Abhimanyu Singh asked, “will there be an
opportunity to play golf at Waterloo?” Certainly, yeah. If you’re interested in golf, we do have
a varsity golf team, which you can feel free to try out for. If not, if you’re more interested in the
recreational side, we do have various golf courses around the area, which you can take
a taxi to go play and they do have reasonable fees. There’s definitely opportunities. So Saketh Voora asked, “Is there a club
day?” Of course there is. Every term we have our clubs and societies
day and it runs probably two to three days in a row. Just in case; to adapt to your schedule. It happens at the Student Life Centre. It’s a great way to meet all the clubs and
they’re going to tell you a little bit about themselves, and you can sign up to get any
updates about it. So, Davonic asked “is there a cheese eating
club?” Yes. Yes. There is a cheese eating club. And you can definitely look out for them at
the clubs and societies day. Usually that runs in the first one or two
weeks of each semester if I’m not mistaken. So look out for that. If you want to personalize the cheese eating
club specifically, you can even create your own and make it as you want it to be. Create your own cheese? Actually I think they do. I think they make their own cheese as well. If there is a cheese club, expect another
member. You never know. Kiarash wants to confirm that there is a peer
workout club. Peer Workout Club. The gym community at Waterloo is very inclusive
and regardless of what activity you choose, they’re all very welcoming, willing to help
you out whether it’s to spot you in the gym or to go and make new friends, to join
a new fitness class, or joining an intramural team. Regardless of what it is, don’t be afraid
to go out and make new friends. But as well, we do have the Warrior Workout
Buddy Program, which you can be matched with a peer to go and enjoy a workout or an activity
with a friend, and make new friends as well. That reminds me, there is also the Warrior
Recreation App available for all devices and you can stay up to date with all activities,
whether it be group fitness, whether it be recreational swimming hours. All of that is easily accessible through that
app, so you could download it right now. Well, not right now because you’re listening
to us, but you can download it an any point in time and get familiar with the device – sorry
– with the platform and everything, and yeah. You’ll know what to expect when you come
here. Great. So Monica is highly curious if there is a
LGBTQ club or something similar. Yes, so we actually have a few different things. So, the service that I mentioned before, the
Glow Centre for Sexual and Gender Diversity. That’s a service, so those are a little
bit different than a club. We actually have a room that we have on campus
all the time. There’s couches, tea, we have like four
different events every week. So we have like movie nights, board games
nights, tea time talks, you just get to have like a big discussion. It’s a great way to meet more people in
the community, or even if you’re an ally just to come and meet new people, make friends,
kind of volunteer. Yeah, even if you look in to other societies;
I know Engineering has a group called “EngiQueers”. Really just look in to what every society
has to offer. Thank you Amanda. So, Rahul says, “Hi. Are graduate students from the Faculty of
Engineering allowed to participate in all the clubs?” Graduate students? Graduate students can participate. However, they aren’t allowed to be an executive
or president because the Waterloo Undergraduate Student Association is for undergrads, so
a lot of the advocacy and supports that we have are specific to undergraduate students. But, grad students are able to participate
in some aspects, or you can even pay the fee and you can become a member. And I also believe that graduate students
have their separate – own graduate like community that organizes clubs. Yes. There’s also the Graduate Student Association. So you have lots of options; not only undergraduate,
but graduate as well. Janvi would like to know if you have any martial
arts clubs. Oh, yes of course. We have so many different martial arts clubs. There’s Muay Thai Club. You can take Judo, Karate, there’s so many
different martial arts clubs. Kendo. Kendo. One that I’ve never heard of before. Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. Yeah, Brazilian Jiu-jitsu. Muay Thai. All that good stuff. Yeah there’s a wide variety of martial arts,
either classes or clubs, that you can join and for all different skill levels for sure. That’s great. I didn’t know there were so many different
types. Vaani asked, “can we still join sports clubs
if we’re amateurs?” Absolutely. Of course. Of course! You’re welcome to join and it’s a collaborative
environment, so please feel free. So Saru asked, “are sports and yoga classes
free to join?” Some classes are. However, there are additional fees for certain
activities. Those are outlined on the website, or even
on the app as Kealan mentioned. So feel free to participate in any of them. But the Physical Activities Complex and the
Columbia Ice Field gyms are available free for use as they are included in your tuition
and fees. Yeah. I’d also like to highlight the Shoe Tag
program. If you’re interested in doing yoga classes
on campus at the Physical Activities Complex, you can get a shoe tag and this shoe tag will
also permit you to take part in other activities available through that program like cycling,
warrior workout in the mornings and everything. That shoe tag program is a doorway in to many
other types of group activities, which will help you to connect to other students. Yeah, and I would add to that because I’ve
tried it and it’s so good. You just pay a very minimal fee for the whole
term and you can enjoy so many different workouts: yoga, cycling, Zumba, Pilates. There’s so many for a very minimal price. It’s definitely worth it. Sanketh asked if there is a cricket club. Yes, so I usually workout at – sometimes I
workout at the Physical Activities Complex and I have seen people playing cricket before. I believe it is a club that was formed very
recently. They do actually have dedicated hours at the
Physical Activities Complex where people are allowed to play cricket where they set up
their wickets and everything and play. So yes, there is opportunity for you to get
involved in cricket. In South Campus there is also a Cricket Pitch. In South Campus at the Waterloo Park, it’s
about a 30 second walk from the south of campus, there’s a full cricket pitch with lines
and the cages necessary to play. You have the different pitches to accommodate
the various seasons. Playing cricket outside during winter may
be a little tough. Yeah summer is great, but definitely there
should be. Or if there is not, please start one because
I’ve seen right now the cricket league is happening and everyone is so hype about it. There’s like a community match-watching
together. It’s so fun. You’ll find a lot of members – just saying. So Kealan, I think this is specifically to
you since you mentioned it, Anushka wants to know what the app is called and probably
just say how to download it. I believe it is Warrior Recreation App. If you type the University of Waterloo in
the Play store I believe it should come up as one of the apps. You can’t miss it. It says Go Warriors on the app itself. So, yes it’s very easily accessible and
it’s very easy to use. And if this doesn’t help you; you can go
online. Go on the gowarriorsgo.ca website. You will be directed to download the app,
or you can find all of the information available on the website itself. That’s great. So Prakriti actually asked if there opportunities
for Model United Nations at the University. We actually have a Model UN club so you can
feel free to join that. I’ve definitely heard it’s great. It is great and personally, I’ve gone only
twice, unfortunately because of my busy schedule, but they’re great. They’re so enthusiastic, very dynamic, collaborative. I just love debates. You’ll enjoy that, Prakriti. I think that’s all the questions that we
have and I think that’s all the time we have with you guys, but thank you for coming. Thank you so much for having us. No worries. We’ll see you on campus. Yes, reach out to us if you need anything. We’re excited to see you. Thanks for tuning in. Bye. Bye! Thank you. Thank you! So now let’s move to our next activity. We are wondering have you lived abroad before? As we are talking about adjusting to a new
culture, we are wondering about your experiences. Please tell us have you lived abroad before
and what’s your experience like in the comments, and make sure to message all participants. So while you guys are busy typing, I’m going
to share my personal experience about adjusting to Canadian greetings. So I remember that when I first came here,
in my year one, one day I went to a shop and when I was checking out the assistant asked
me, “Hey how are you?” I was like kind of shocked and awkward because
I didn’t expect her to greet me as an old friend because we were basically strangers. But, I was awkwardly like, “Oh, I’m fine
thank you. How are you?” I didn’t realize that’s just how Canadians
greet each other and show their friendliness. I don’t know about your experience, but
like for me I feel like before I came to Canada one of my greatest worries was that people
would make fun of my English. Although I learned English for many years,
but I know that I wouldn’t speak as fluently as the native speakers. When I came here, I was kind of scared that
people may make fun of my English accent, or make fun of my choice of words. Actually, this totally never happened. There are so many great people. There are sometimes when I need to repeat
myself to make sure they understand me, but they are so friendly and so patient. They always clarify with me like, “Am I
getting you correctly?” and like, “Is this what you want to say?” So I would say this is a really great experience
for me to adjusting to a new culture and I really enjoyed it. So Shreena how were your experiences? Yeah, I’ve got a few here and there, but
I’ll come back to the greetings part. I would agree with that. I had problems with that too. I also had to adjust in terms of the normal
way of greeting here because back home we greet each other with a simple cheek kiss,
like two times, but here it’s more of a handshake culture when you first meet a person
and hugs when you’re like more close friends. In terms of English, I had the hardest time
adjusting to communicating in English fluently. I know the language, but back home I didn’t
speak it as often. Also here it was hard for me to focus in an
English class for long hours, so I reached out to the AccessAbility Office. They allowed me to record the lecture so that
I could have time to practice and get familiar with English because back home teachers used
to switch between languages. That’s the way people used to do it. Another way that I had to adjust was in terms
of food. Again, cuisine. I’m so used to Mauritian spicy food. The spices – I miss it so bad, but definitely,
I brought some spices from home and use them to cook for myself a little bit sometimes
here and there; just to make myself not miss home that much. Sorry. The other thing is – I’m sorry. It’s a great way also to discover a lot
of restaurants here in Waterloo because I feel that there’s so many different cultures,
you can enjoy the food here and so many amazing things. But, what about you Kealan? Yeah. You know, your experiences show that we all
come here with our different perceived, self-construed setbacks, but there is something to help facilitate
your transition. In my experience, adjusting to a new currency
and a new system of spending as a university student was definitely something that I took
a while to get used to. You know you come here, you have a new currency,
and we need to prioritize certain things as university students. I would say that the counsel I received from
my family when they were in close proximity to me, growing up, prior to me arriving here,
they helped me a lot with different things, especially with counsel and advice on prioritizing
things in life. And, not having them around me when I just
got here, it was a bit tough to get used to being fully on your own. You know, you come here, you’re fully on
your own, you have some form of income and you need to practice a lot more autonomy and
with time comes experience. So I would definitely say to keep your family
close, just like I did via technology. Whether it be Skype, Whatsapp, Facebook group,
these have helped me a lot to stay in contact with them and my family was able to assist
me every step of the way. So keep them close via those technological
applications. It would be a lot easier than doing everything
on your own. Yeah, absolutely. Coming back to you. I’m just going to remind you that we were
doing an activity and we just want to know if anyone has lived abroad before, or is it
your first time. Please make sure to share in the comments
below and make sure to share with all participants so that everyone can see your answers. Okay, so Shreena and Limei, what helps you
find balance on campus? What has helped you adapt and adjust to this
new culture? Eh? Getting used to eh. For me I think that a good balance between
academic studies and also extra curricular activities really help me to adjust to the
life here. Perfect. I feel like when I started my journey here
as a university student, I was more academic focused, not really meeting a lot of people
outside of my class. But definitely being involved on campus made
me more organized and makes me plan my time in a more productive way. I feel like when I have a lot of things going
on, I’m more – I structure my time in a more productive way. And also the other way that – one thing
that is so close to my heart that helps me in adjusting to the culture here is family. Family and friends from back home always is
key. It’s a good point to go back to when you’re
down. Even to share your happiness with because
you’re alone here. So even now, I make sure that I contact my
family and friends from back home every now and then. I spend like – even if it’s for five minutes
– I say hi to my mom and dad, and my sister. Just to catch up on what’s happening in
their life and they catch up on what’s happening in mine. So it’s a great support system. Yeah, so for me I had a really hard time during
one co-op as all my friends had their job placements in other cities all over Canada. So I was kind of alone. I felt so lonely with no one around me. It was so hard to get used to it. But at that time, I really wanted to change
the situation and just try to meet more new people and keep myself a bit busier. So I tried to sign up for a cello class, which
I really wanted to for a long time, and I checked out some handicraft workshops, which
I really loved them. Through all these activities, I met new people,
new friends, and this really helped me a lot and made me have other communities. So for me I feel, don’t be scared to step
out of your comfort zone and always be sure that if you want to talk to someone, there
is always going to be resources on campus and you can look for them. Find out where when you come here. Absolutely I would agree. Yeah, that’s great. I remember when I started off my university
journey. My mom kindly accompanied me here to, you
know, get everything, make sure that I was sorted out, that I had everything I needed
to start my university journey. I remember she left a little note on my desk. The note said, “You started this with so
much enthusiasm, so with that same enthusiasm see it through to the finish.” I remember during First-Year Orientation once,
I honestly didn’t feel motivated. I thought I was alone. I came to this new country and I was scared. I was very anxious and I was scared. What helped me: every time I felt like that
– and it didn’t take a couple of weeks, it took a couple of months for me to actually
let it sink in my mind that I’m here, and I’m a student, and this is a new stage of
my life where I don’t know what’s coming at me. I’m exposed to so many different cultures,
so many different ideas, and ideas that seem to be so much different from what I experienced. But, that’s the point of you coming here. You’re coming here to expand your horizons. So whenever you do come here, and this will
happen, and I’m pretty sure it happened to you as well, where you feel a bit overwhelmed
and anxious about, you know, what this actually constitutes for you as a new student, take
a deep breath and understand that this is a gradual process that cannot be rushed. You will take time to adjust, but you do not
have to isolate yourself. Take advantage of all the various resources
that Limei mentioned. Do not isolate yourself. It’s very important that you stay strong
for yourself and remind yourself that it is just a season. Before you know it, you will feel at home. You’ll be walking through campus, people
will be hailing you from afar. They’ll be saying, “Hey, how’s it going?”
and everything. So look forward to that, but also enjoy the
journey. It is a gradual process and all of the various
services will help you integrate in this new environment. All of that information is available in the
International Student Guide. The link to that guide will be made available
to you in the chat to the side. Take advantage of these resources. You will also see all of the resources that
we spoke about in the first live chat, so you can catch up on those as well. I believe that this is great advice that you
will be able to apply when you come as an international student here. Make sure, as Kealan said, make use of the
International Student Guide. Seek out friends, seek out the many resources
on-campus that are offered, and never believe that you are alone because there is always
someone to reach out to here at the University. Soon you’ll see you’ll call it home. Yeah, and reach out to us. If you see us walking, say hi. Say hi! We’d love to hear from you. But, coming back to our audience, we asked
a question if they’ve ever lived abroad before and, woah, we’ve got a lot of people
answering. Thank you guys for your participation. Keep going. Yes. So, we see Manav again. He’s been to six different countries and
named them. It’s like great. I would love to hear about those experiences. Selena lived in South Africa for five months. Interesting. Wow. It’s very close to my country by the way,
so we’re neighbours. I love their accent. It’s a very distinctive accent. Yes, I love their accent too. So Eloise never lived anywhere else before
for a long period of time. She was trying to adjust to a new place for
five years, but it’s going to be interesting. I love the positive attitude Eloise. It’s going to be an adventure. It’s going to take you very far. Keep up the attitude. Absolutely. I’m so sorry if I’m pronouncing your names
wrong. But, Ikshita lived in Boston for a year, moved
back to Delhi – and moved back to Delhi. What an interesting life. That’s a very West meet East. Amazing. Nhi, I’m so sorry. She studied in Winnipeg in Manitoba for two
years. So that is definitely going to be a different
culture because you’re moving from province to province. You’ll have fun. Liliana Rosales. Rosales. Rosales! Oh my god. I’m so sorry. Lived in Germany for three months and it was
interesting. So, that’s great. Guten Tag! I remembered something from school in France. Yeah that’s great. Srija Maddipatla lived in India for a year. Great. Davonic Bailey was born in Jamaica, moved
to Cayman Islands at the age of two, and then moved to Trinidad where they live currently. That’s great. Ah, just reminds me of home. The tropical heat. Oh my gosh. Me too. I miss the heat. The beaches! The food! What are you doing? No, there is always the Caribbean club. It’s great. There is the Caribbean club. Lots of Caribbean restaurants in Kitchener
especially. Reach out to me when you see me. I can tell you about some. And the food is good. It’s certified Trinny. I’ve tasted it. I love it. So, Kiarash Yadollahi lived in Iran for four
years, UAE for thirteen years, and Canada for one year. That’s great. That’s wonderful. Raksha Shanbhag. She’s Indian, but brought up in the gulf
– Oman specifically. Which is great. And you’ll find a lot of people that are
from the UAE, sorry the Middle East Region. I have so many friends here. Jahnavi Shah says I’m from India, now living
in Qatar since ten years. Which is great. World cup! Is happening soon there. Oh yeah, I’m excited for that. France is going to win the World Cup again. No bias whatsoever. We’ll see about that. No bias. Deep Antala is Indian, residing in Oman. See, we’ve got Raksha and Deep from India,
and then from Oman as well. So, you’ll find a lot of people from – with
the same experiences as you. But definitely way in order to adjust to the
life here at the University of Waterloo is to discover the Region of Waterloo in general. This can be done through a service that is
called IPC. I have mentioned it before. It stands for International Peer Community
and it’s run by the Student Success Office here at the University and Limei will talk
more about it. Yeah, so IPC, the International Peer Community
is a peer-support system where international students can meet other international students
and make more friends and make them feel more at home here. So the program can help you to discover the
campus community better, and practice your English, and also make other friends, and
have a lot of fun. Yeah, absolutely. Just to let you know, if you are experiencing
any audio complications, or difficulties, let us know by asking “Ask Us” panelists
and we will readjust accordingly. Because we are in a bit of a noisy environment. We are here on campus in Needles Hall where
services are actually taking place. So one of the things about the International
Peer Community. It’s run by upper-year student leaders and
volunteers who will be absolutely happy to answer any of the questions you may have throughout
the semester. So get those questions going and bombard them
with questions. They’re going to be happy to answer them. Oh, absolutely. Any other questions that you have, always
remember to refer to the International Student Guide available to you in the chat. And, it’s free. Yes! It’s free. Basically, through the International Peer
Community you will be able to do activities such as archery, sports, ice skating, hiking. We did bonfires and eating smores. It’s all over the place. Also, through the community, you would be
able to discover typical Canadian holidays as well, such as Halloween, which is really
fun on campus. We have Thanksgiving with amazing food. Also you can attend festivals throughout the
year. There’s Elmira Maple Syrup Festival as well. So a lot of things happening. I remember when I was in IPC I actually went
to St. Jacobs Market, which is basically around the theme of Mennonite culture. You’ll discover more about it. You’ll be able to enjoy tasting street foods. Wow. It’s amazing. Just buy cheap fruits and veggies for month-to-month
groceries and even enjoy a horse-ridden-carriage, like a carriage ride. Wow! And we have a train. I believe we have a train, like Hogwarts style. It’s traditional trains. All of that could be used once you are registered
as a full-time student; you just tap your WatCard in the bus or the train and you are
free to use any of the transportation services by GRT around the Waterloo Region. Also, look out for the Countdown to Campus
series on YouTube where you will be able to see all the different things you can do with
your WatCard and fun things to do on campus from a student’s perspective. Wow. That sounds really fun. I really want to sign up for the St. Jacob’s
Farmer’s Market next time. Absolutely. One more thing about the IPC program is that
it is really flexible. So you will sign up for events and excursions
that you are able to and there is no pressure that you should attend everything. So feel free to come anytime and even now
the link will be provided and, definatley, sign up now. We want to see you there. Yeah, absolutely. So we’ll be reaching out. Doing the giveaway now. This is the moment you have been waiting for. I’m going to actually tell you how you can
win the giveaway. So just as a reminder, we have a University
of Waterloo thermos and we have stickers with Canadian themes. Yes. Absolutely, that’s wonderful. What do we have there? It’s like “Eh”, little Canada helmet,
we have the pet polar bear here, we have deer, we have double-double. For those who don’t know what double-double
is, it’s basically two sugar and two cream in your coffee. In your thermos. Yeah it’s a great way to start the day. In order to win the giveaway, you will have
to tell us the funniest stereotype that you’ve heard about Canada. For example, let’s just say, Canadians have
polar bears as pets. It’s not true, it’s a stereotype. Okay. You never know. Okay. Okay. Let’s not go there. But just send us your funniest stereotypes
about Canada and, in the meantime, we are going to answer a few questions that we’ve
received from the registration and the chat. As I see, there are lots of them. So we’ll have fun. Lauren wants to know, “what are some things
you wish you knew before coming to campus?” So I feel like, for me, I wish that I could’ve
known the campus better before I came to campus. I had some days before class really started,
but I feel that during the day it was really difficult for me to find all the classrooms,
the buildings. I remember in the Orientation programs, I
had orientation leaders to show me around the campus and recommend which building is
which so I know where I needed to go for my class, and that really saved me a lot of time. So I definitely recommend you go to the Orientation
program as the first step for getting to know the campus. Also just take a little bit more time to get
familiar with all of the city and the buildings. That can really help you a lot during your
first couple of weeks during school. For me, it’d definitely be the Centre for
Career Action and all of the services that are available through there. Whether it be resume critique. Whether it be speaking to a Career Advisor
who will help point you in the right direction and give you career ideas so you know what
your potential career path might be. Also the various recreation activities on
campus. It took a bit longer to find out more about
like Shoe Tag classes and everything, and I honestly wish I had done some more research. So take advantage of all the resources that
are available to you and do some research so that, when you come here, you know what
to expect and you get the ball rolling. Give yourself time. Just be aware of everything that’s available
to you. Absolutely. I would totally agree with doing a little
bit of research. Just do a casual research while watching a
movie. I remember the specific time I was watching
a movie and then just googling about, oh – facts about the University of Waterloo. You just learn in a casual way. But please, don’t feel stressed about the
fact that you need to know everything before coming to campus. It’s not a healthy way to go about it. You can’t know everything before coming
to campus. Always just learn as much as you can, as much
as you want, about the topics that interest you the best. I believe, for me, the things that I wished
I knew were definitely directly linked to the International Student Guide. They talk about so many different things that
I wish I kind of put more emphasis on it before I came. Yes, try something new! Like honestly, trying something new, in my
experience, has opened up my mind to so many different things and helped me come out of
my comfort zone. Absolutely. Get outside of your comfort zone because university
is a great time to discover yourself. Yes. Excellent. So Maha wants to know about Canada’s weather. Let’s describe it as it’s a full spectrum
of the seasons of the world in a country. So you’ll be able to have the blasting heat
to the cold weather, but you can easily adjust with all the facilities here. How did you adjust to the weather Limei? How did you, you know, was it really different
from China’s weather? How has that been for you? Actually, for me, the weather here is pretty
similar to my city in China. Before I came to Canada, I thought it would
be really cold here because I know Canada is famous for winter sports and some winter
festivals. So I thought it was going to be really cold
here, but when I came here in September it was actually really hot. Oh my gosh it was. Yeah. So I would prepare for all seasons, but you
don’t have to prepare everything in your luggage. You can always get the things you need here
in the stores. Check it out online and also just be a little
bit prepared for like all seasons. It’s really good. We do have a couple of very warm months, but
the majority of the year is a bit on the colder side so you would want to pack minimally. When you come here, then prepare yourself
with all the winter stuff; especially if you’re coming from a very warm place. Once you get here you will be able to purchase
all the essential winter items, clothing, at very reasonable prices. Do not pack half a suitcase of shorts like
I did. Didn’t help me much. They’re all gym wear and I wear them during
summer time, but – yes! Prepare yourself with all the winter essentials
when you get here. Don’t be worried about the cold. I remember I was terrified of the cold before
coming here. So, just make sure you have a positive attitude
because here you have so many different facilities available. There is winter gear of all different styles
that you can choose from and also the buildings are heated, the transport system is heated,
so don’t worry. You’re going to be able to adjust. Remember to check out the “what to pack”
section in the International Student Guide. Okay, next question. Abhinav wants to know what Canadians are like. Very general question, but they are very courteous. They are very nice generally. They are always helpful – most of them. Yeah, there’s a huge difference from the
different places I’ve been to, you know, in France and Trinidad. I came here and I was actually blown away. I was like that is actually one true stereotype,
if not for the polar bears. Absolutely courteous, very much customer-service
oriented, and friendly. Definitely when you come on campus, you will
be attended to – in my experience – by people who understand your situation and who are
willing to be with you every step of the way. Practice patience and yeah. Yeah, that’s great. So Eloise asked, “Do you have any advice
for international students travelling alone? Neither of my parents are coming with me.” So I will be able to relate to that. I’ve travelled all alone from Mauritius
probably like 20+ hours. Wow. Don’t worry. It’s going to be okay. The only advice is: keep motivated because
somewhere along the line you’ll find that since you’re alone, you’ve never travelled
– I had never travelled without my parents before and it was definitely a challenge. But, the one thing that really helped me is
definitely in terms of keeping a positive attitude and always be excited about the new
adventure to come. Definitely make sure that you have your documents
ready and different luggage. Once you’re on the plane, relax, enjoy a
drink, have a seat, because this is the beginning of your adventure. So yeah! And one thing I want to add on is that since
you are in this live chat, you can try to find like any buddies that come from the same
city or the same country, so you guys can travel together and find a travel buddy. So I think just make use of this opportunity
and you can find someone from your country. So be excited, and be positive. It takes discipline, but you will be fine
and you will do just great. You’ll be great. So Saru asked, “Are there any English improvement
resources?” She also asked, “How can we balance academics
with involvement on campus?” So let me remind you that involvement on campus
will be tackled in Live Chat 3, which is going to happen on July 25. We’re going to talk in more detail, so definitely
stay tuned Saru. But, coming to English improvement resources,
we definitely do have some resources here. There’s some courses that you can take. There is a program that is called Conversation
Partner Program that is run by the Renison College here, where you are paired with another
partner in order to practice your English. So don’t worry about it. That’s great. That’s great. That’s an interesting one: what’s one
of the best restaurants near by campus in your opinion? Or do you have one? So many places come to mind. I will definitely say in recent times I love
all you can eat sushi, but I will have to go with Marks in Kitchener for Caribbean food. Oh, Marks? I want to try it. How about you Limei? For me, I really like all you can eat sushi. I really like the Kinkaku place in Kitchener. It’s the best sushi, for me, in the area. Okay, that’s nice. For me I always go back to East Side Mario’s
all the time. It’s the best place to have great food and
feel full at a cheap price. So definitely check that out. So Deeba Shaik said, “Could you explain
how the meal plan works, and would you recommend it?” In the first live chat, one of the segments
we covered was about meal plan selection and we spoke to Diya. Diya was working with the UWaterloo Residences
services. We definitely recommend that you take a meal
plan, or at least a partial meal plan, for whatever residence you will be living in because
it’s very convenient and assorted food selection and variety is there. Especially for V1. I think they do like international dishes
very frequently and I’ve only heard back good feedback about those. So, at the end of these video series, all
of these videos will be published online so you can have a look at the first live chat
and hear more about meal plans on residence. Yes. Absolutely. I totally agree. So Saru asked, will she be able to catch up
with Orientation if she doesn’t attend the first two days. I’m pretty sure you will be able to. I didn’t attend the first, like, one day
of Orientation. There’s so many things going on throughout,
I think, seven days – every day of Orientation. So, don’t worry, you’ll be able to catch
up very easily. So Jahnavi says, “can we record classes?” So we can. You will have to discuss this with the AccessAbility
Services that is offered on campus and more information can be found on their website. Piyush says, “How should we decide our classes?” So that would be discussed more on July 25
for the third live chat, so make sure you stay tuned please. Yes. So, there’s another thing, Matthew says,
“Any activities on campus for students who arrive a few days before Orientation?” Before. Before Orientation? Any activities? So you will be registered as a full-time student,
if you are you will be able to take advantage of all the facilities available to you on
campus. Whether it be the pool, the weight lifting
gym, the basketball courts, the badminton courts, the squash courts, and everything. So yes, there are ways for you to get involved
on campus before even Orientation begins. Absolutely, and I would agree. If you come way before, you can discover the
Region of Waterloo and then during Orientation get more into the University of Waterloo community. Also, International Orientation also runs
before the official Orientation. It runs on August 29, where you will have
volunteer guided trips to grocery stores, banks, and the mall, and so much more. So you’ll have a lot of things to do before
your official Orientation. So Japnaman asked, “When does Waterloo allow
students to move in to their residences?” So if you’re moving in for Orientation,
for International Orientation specifically, you can plan to arrive August 29. So you will be able to arrive early, but you
will have to discuss this with your residence that you’re with. Depending on what criteria they use, they
will be able to accommodate you accordingly. Also, I believe some of them require an early
move-in form to filled. So make sure you go on your residence website
so you can check out all of these forms that are available for you. So Saru said a really nice thing. He asked about, “What about winter depression? Is it true?” I’m so sorry. Yes. Yes – go for it. For me, I feel like – since in winter the
days are shorter, so the sun sets maybe at like five or six p.m. I would say. So definitely, it feels like there is less
time than in summer and there are fewer activities that you could do. I definitely recommend to stay in a group
with your friends, or join a community, or clubs like we introduced before. I mean there is limited outdoor activities,
but you can always do something indoors and also, try the winter sports, like skiing,
skating, or like activities nearby; there are student prices so make sure you just make
use of them. So that is why living in residence is actually
so helpful because you get out of your room, you go in the common area, and you always
find someone to speak to. As Limei mentioned, definitely take advantage
of the clubs and societies during that time because it’s going to keep yourself occupied,
busy, and yes, you’ll be social. Believe me. It’s totally normal to feel winter blues,
but there are so many resources on campus that are able to support you, to help you
cope through it, and also there are little things; for example, we have UWinterloo that
is happening for international students. You get a little winter – little package and
then there’s Wonders of Winter, I believe, that is organized in the Waterloo Park. Where you have different shows, and street
vending – food. Now we’re going to move to the giveaway
answers. So that’s exciting. Let me remind you that if you win this round,
you are going to be winning a University of Waterloo thermos, and stickers; embracing
Canadian things. So since I have the tablet, I have the power
to choose my answers. Please don’t hate me. I am very nice. Okay, let me read some of them. Okay. Srija Maddipatla says, “We say sorry and
thank you way too much.” True! Jahnavi says, “The people in Canada live
in igloos.” We got that one. Lauren Knoff says, “Drinking maple syrup
at every meal and saying “eh” and “sorry” every minute.” Oh you got a lot right. Davonic Bailey says, “I heard that every
sentence has to have sorry in it.” Anya Karkera says, “You say thank you so
much.” True. Monica says, “They hold the door for a person
5 km away and wait for them to patiently walk to the door.” That’s my favourite. It is true. Deeba Shaik says, “The air smells like maple
syrup.” Um, yeah – not really. Oh my gosh, I want maple syrup on pancakes
right now. Keshini Lutchmah says, “Canadians actually
stop their cars to let people cross the road.” It is true. It is a very nice thing to do. I love it. Manav Sharma says, “Canadians ride mooses
while eating maple syrup and apologizing to all bystanders.” I love it. It’s every single stereotype. I know. The moose too! That’s amazing. We have a moose sticker. You’d get that. Liliana Rosales says, “Canada has deers
as pets and you smell like maple syrup.” Yup. No what about the polar bears? Saarang Agarwal says, “They ice skate and
ski to work.” Sometimes. Sometimes. Yeah. Raksha Shabbhag says, “I heard that Canadians
are super tall.” Well… We’ll let you judge depending on your definition
of tall. Anh Nguyen says, “Canada have two seasons:
winter and construction.” I love it. Kandisen Veeramoothoo says, “Canadian bills
smell like maple syrup.” Yup. We’ve got a lot of maple syrup. Yeah. Lauren Knoff: “Canadians have a lot a’
boots.” Yup. We do say that. Leonardo Cruz says, “Canadians end each
sentence with eh.” That’s true eh. That’s very true. Eloise Fan says, “Canadians keep moose in
their backyards the same way other people keep horses.” I wish, but… So what do you think? What’s your favourite one? I love, okay, so I’m sticking with the holding
the door 5km away because I’m guilty of that. I do it. It’s contagious. I do it. I see someone opening the door for me and
I’m like, “Oh, should I run? Should I run or should I stare at my phone?” And I do like the riding the moose one. That was funny. For me, I like the door one too because it
is so true. Absolutely. Okay. Well I’m going to announce the winner personally. I’m not going to go for the door one, but
I’m going to go with Manav Sharma who said, “Canadians ride mooses while eating maple
syrup and apologizing to bystanders” because it combines all the Canadian stereotypes. I’m going to agree. I’m going to agree. I love it. But thank you guys. Everything was amazing. Great participant as well. Congratulations! So Manav, please don’t forget to send us
your email through the private message in the chat so that we can keep your prize for
when you come to the university here. That’s great. Well, thank you so much. This concludes our second international student
live chat series for today. We would like to find out how we did as live
chat hosts and what you enjoyed about this segment. So please fill out the survey that will be
made available to you in the chat and we look forward to seeing your feedback and seeing
you for our third installment of international student program. That will be on July 25 where you will find
more information about, you know, finding or coming up with your own identity on campus. So we look forward to seeing you then. Absolutely. Well until next time. Thank you. Bye.

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