Stories from students: Studying and interning overseas

Crowded airports bring stress for some, and excitement and opportunity for others. For students interning or studying abroad, they can bring the realization that life is about to change irrevocably. While only 2.3 per cent of Canadian students participated in a study abroad opportunity last year, 86 per cent are interested in the experience, according to the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE). Student experiences of going abroad, whether for studies or an internship, are as diverse as the students themselves, but one common opinion shared by the students who spoke about their experience was that it challenged and changed who they were as people. Empowering experiences, but longer studies Sarah Littisha Jansen is a PhD student at Carleton University […]

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Learning beyond borders: Is studying abroad a worthwhile experience? How can it be affordable?

Getting out of Ottawa to learn in another country is an appealing opportunity for many students. Countless exchange programs exist at Carleton University and beyond, enticing students to explore the world outside of their classrooms. Carleton’s International Student Services Office (ISSO) website states that Carleton annually partners with 170 institutions in over 30 countries to provide both incoming and outgoing students with the opportunity to study abroad. But is studying abroad a worthwhile experience? And can it be affordable for the average student? International opportunities aside from exchange Chau Hoang, the exchange partnership administrator with the ISSO, said some degree programs at Carleton have an exchange requirement. This includes students enrolled in international business and global and international studies. But […]

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Slates vs independent candidates in CUSA elections: What’s the difference?

Walking through the tunnels on a cold winter’s day may seem like a blissful escape from the latest installment of Ottawa’s winter, but at the end of January, it’s near impossible to avoid the flurry of flyers and faces of fellow students as Carleton University Students’ Association (CUSA) election candidates vie for potential votes. While some students go out of their way to avoid eye contact or wear headphones in a silent plea to be left alone, few can escape being handed a flyer and getting asked to cast their ballots a certain way. But how do CUSA elections really work on campus? We attempt to break it down: The slate-independent rivalry in recent years Under names that suggest unity, […]

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Doping in sports: Why football players are common offenders

The life of a U SPORTS football player is a busy one, filled with practices, the desire to win for their school, the possibility of being drafted by a Canadian Football League (CFL) team—all on top of the responsibilities of being a university student. Throw in an injury and things get even more stressful—and stress can make one do drastic things, like taking a banned substance to improve athletic performance. Performance-Enhancing Drugs (PEDs) are a way to improve one’s athletic ability and recover from an injury, but can damage one’s reputation if caught. PEDs, or doping, have been a controversial subject in sports leagues for years, and U SPORTS is no exception. The subject was recently brought to light at […]

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Setting a goal and sticking to it: Starting off the semester with more than just a New Year’s resolution

The beginning of a new calendar year is always an event to celebrate. Whether you spent the evening watching festivities on TV, or you went out to a party with friends, New Year’s celebrations acknowledge the passing of time. As that time passes, many individuals create New Year’s resolutions in hopes of changing their habits and bettering themselves with the promise of a fresh start. For university students, the new year also means the beginning of a new semester, where students have the opportunity to refresh their study habits from the fall semester. But even with all the right intentions to follow through with these resolutions, 73 per cent of Canadians who make New Year’s resolutions will eventually break them, […]

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