February 19, 2009
There are a few little differences that maybe I could be pointing out. For now there's just this one: Smarties in Canada are sugar coated chocolates while in the US they are fruit flavoured candies. In Canada, American Smarties are called Rockets.
Even though I've mostly lived in the US...if you offer me Smarties and give me Rockets I'm not going to talk to you again...honestly.
One other thing you'll notice right when you cross the border is higher prices. Price gouging is common all over Canada, but especially in small towns like Sackville where college students don't have any other choices. Think $4 for a slice of pizza or $3.50 for a bag of popcorn. Canadians might be used to it, but if you're coming to Mount A from the US especially don't be surprised at the higher prices. I'd recommend buying everything at home before you get here unless you like paying more money.
I wonder how they compare to the International Students at Mount Allison. Below is the number and distribution of visitors in the past four months. I'm a little surprised that from a very narrowed set of visits to sites about/from in this small University in (technically) rural Maritime Canada 3441 have been to this site. I guess I must be doing something right. Feel free to leave any comments, questions, or requests for post topics below.
February 18, 2009
The Owens Art Gallery
The Athletic Centre
Between Windsor and Jennings
Mel's Tea Room
Leadership Development Certificate Programme
The Leadership Development Certificate Programme is a peer-led experience, offered as a not-for-credit program. It's a great way to meet other students AND to foster leadership abilities AND to get involved in university life. The registration fee is just $20.
No previous leadership experience is required for the Certificate Programme.
All students, members of the University community and public are welcome to share in leadership activities. Registration takes place each year in early September.
The Certificate Programme encourages small group work, community involvement, social activism, civic responsibility, volunteer activities, awareness of group dynamics, risk-taking, and conflict resolution.
The activities include:
• presentations by four speakers
• small-group discussions on the issues raised by the speakers
• a one-day, outdoor-activity leadership retreat
• involvement in group volunteer projects
• submission of a personal reflection essay on leadership development
• closing reception.
At the leadership retreat the group team building activities helped me to enhance my self confidence as every group member was given a chance to give their opinion on how best to overcome obstacles throughout the day. I especially liked the random selection of groups that forced us to branch out and interact with people we wouldn’t necessarily work together with on campus.
In terms of the speakers, I enjoyed Pippa Moss’ lecture on her time in Africa helping a family there. It was a really good example of one person actually making a concrete difference in the lives of others. I also thought Dr. Samantha Nutt’s speech about her experiences with War Child Canada was gripping, and that she made an effective call for people to volunteer. I felt that her selflessness was refreshing, and although I have already been contemplating serving in the Peace Corps after University (I have US citizenship), it helped to renew my confidence about engaging in potentially dangerous volunteer work.
Our group’s volunteer project was collecting toys and other gifts to pack in shoeboxes and taking a day to sort hundreds of boxes for the Samaritan Purse’s Operation Christmas Child. It was the first community service activities that I had been involved in that only helped those who held particular religious views. I realized that although I myself did not wish to minister to others that my volunteer work would help bring a smile to those with very little, and that outweighed any misgivings I had about the explicitly religious nature of the organization I was supporting. In the end I was happy to have helped bring something, even small and temporary, to those in mostly forgotten parts of the world.
From this program as a whole I think that I’ve gained a more global perspective, and a more honest perspective on Canada’s involvement in different conflicts in the world. The speaker’s series and volunteer project helped me think more in terms of the global village and to have a better knowledge of conditions in some of the most dangerous places in the world.
February 15, 2009
And on the American side they seem to be getting ready...but you should still apply as soon as possible. Right now, with the decrease in applications you'll have your new passport in weeks. With the few exceptions/alternatives (Children, Active Military, Native-American/ Enhanced Driver's License, Passport Card, Nexus, etc...) you'll need a passport to re-enter the country in three and a half months so I would apply as soon as you can to ensure you can still come to Canada this summer.