Faces of MIB

Betsy Li

(BBA, Candidate 2020​)

“During my study abroad term in Singapore, I traveled to Bali, Thailand, Malaysia, China, Japan, Korea, and Taiwan. I was able to broaden my perspective on the world and experience the diversity of different cultures. One important lesson I learned during my time abroad is that planning and time management are crucial. It’s important to plan your time wisely in order to make the most out of your time abroad. Some of my tips while traveling abroad is to try and step out of your comfort zone and to attend as many campus events as you can to meet other exchange students who make great travel companions!”

Study Abroad: National University of Singapore, 

Jessie Lee

(MIB, Candidate 2021)

“Whether you are travelling for fun, work or study, going abroad always gives you the opportunity to explore the unknown. Staying at an unfamiliar city could be intimidating at first, but I have learnt one core value during my stay – Curiosity leads your way out of your comfort zone, and that’s the official beginning of your journey abroad!”

Study Abroad: King’s College London, England, UK 

Work Abroad: The Upper House – Swire Hotels, Hong Kong & Cathay Pacific Cargo Chengdu, China

Cameron Choi

(MIB, Candidate 2021)

“Doing an exchange at the National University of Singapore has definitely been the highlight of my university experience so far! I traveled a lot during my time abroad, visiting almost all the countries in Southeast Asia and a variety of different cities! Out of all of them, my favourite trip was to Mount Bromo: a remote active volcano in Indonesia. Taking over 7 hours to get there, we hiked up an opposing mountain at 2 am, seeing the milky way clearly by eye, and waiting for the sun to rise over the volcano. After doing so, we trekked to the volcano located in the middle of a mini dessert and hitching a ride off locals with scooters to do so. Mount Bromo’s landscape felt like an alien planet, having a crater on one side of the path, a cliff on the other, and mountains everywhere you looked. With no one in sight, it was the most surreal experience I’ve ever had and something I will never forget.”

Study Abroad: National University of Singapore
Work Abroad: PwC Hong Kong

Ellen Imamura

(MIB, Candidate 2021)

“When I was travelling alone in rather remote areas of Europe, I would meet local old men who didn’t speak a word of English but wanted to guide me around and show off the area. Somehow or other, we communicated with hand gestures and nods. I ended up discovering local gems and shortcuts. Goes to show no matter where you are in the world, what language you speak, what age, gender or ethnicity you are, you can still have positive interaction with someone if you’re open to the experience!”

Study Abroad: France, Lyon Jean Moulin III
Work Abroad: United States, Illuminate Consulting Group

Lipika Kaushal

(MIB, Candidate 2020)

“I have lived the hippie life. I have lived the Bay street life. Which one do I like more, I say why can’t I have both?


The best thing about studying abroad is that every day is a new adventure, and the best advice I can give is to embrace the uncertainty of where life will take you next! With the MIB Co-op program at the University of Toronto, I have made traveling and internationalism my career. I have learned the exact science behind how to work, lead and grow amongst international teams. I have also had the pleasure for traveling for 8 months of my degree: I did a 2-month road trip across the East coast of Australia, saw the Band of the Milky Way Galaxy in New Zealand, climbed an active volcano in Bali, and backpacked the great city of Hong Kong! All of this plus a full year of work experience: that is what the MIB Program is all about.

 

 Study Abroad: University of Melborne, Australia

Roslyn Stanislaus

(MIB, Candidate 2020)

When travelling, it’s obviously super exciting to explore new places and capture epic views. But for me, what defines any travel experience is who I am with. Funnily enough, some of my best memories and friendships while living abroad have come from trips to the grocery store, doing chores around the house, or staying at home for a movie night instead of (literally) anything else. But really, these ‘trivial’ moments wouldn’t mean anything to me without the people who made those moments special. My ultimate piece of advice for anyone wanting to pursue a global learning experience? Wherever you go, go with all your heart ❤ and yes, that’s probably easier said than done because sometimes the “to do list” for such experiences can complicated, daunting, and pricey. But trust me, it’s worth all that and more when you come home feeling more like yourself than you ever have before. And on that note – if you have questions about studying abroad in Germany or working abroad in England, please feel free to connect with me directly via Facebook @ Roslyn Stanislaus 😊


Study Abroad: University of Mannheim, Germany
Work Abroad: Microsoft UK, United Kingdom