Faces of MIB

Amelia Helpard

(MIB, Candidate 2021)

“I try not to go into big, new experiences with too many expectations. Australia had fires, floods and the start of the pandemic during my time there, and yet still managed to have so much to offer. Working in Sydney meant daily walks along the harbour, weekend adventures in and around the area and access to some amazing food and entertainment, all of which I was more than happy to take advantage of!”

Study Abroad: University of Sydney

Work Abroad: The Polygot Group

Jessica Chen

(MIB, Candidate 2022)

“I had been looking forward to my semester abroad ever since I entered the MIB program. When I first arrived in Singapore, I felt nervous since it would be my first time away from home. At the same time, I was incredibly excited about all the new people and experiences I would encounter during my time there.

My study abroad was everything I expected and more! Living and studying in a country was completely different from my past experiences traveling because I felt like part of the community instead of just another tourist. I was forced out of my comfort zone and met lots of people that made my semester special. Although I encountered some surprises along the way, the experience definitely helped me grow and I would do it all over again if I could.”

Study Abroad: Nanyang Technological University

Aman Bukhari

(MIB, Candidate 2022)

“Picture this! It is your time outside of a country that isn’t Canada or Pakistan. You pack your bags and mentally prepare yourself to live by yourself for the next 5 months or so in Germany. You’re all ready for the experience of a lifetime and eager to backpack through Europe. You’re 2 months in your study term at Mannheim and the COVID cases just will not stop rising *sigh*. Given the severity in March, all student in Europe was called back mandatorily. I did not get to experience all of that I wanted to, but as a disguised blessing, I experienced something unique and I’m forever grateful for the experience.”

Study Abroad: University of Mannheim 

Kevin Xu

(MIB, Candidate 2021)

“It was very difficult studying abroad because the courses were originally really hard and I feel like because it is now online, they made the exam harder. The expectation was that I will be watching videos online, which was the reality. The time given for the exams I feel was not long enough for the amount of questions given.”

Study Abroad: University of Mannheim 

Ginny Chan

(MIB, Candidate 2022)

“I had a wonderful experience studying abroad! I went to Manchester with 2 friends and we had a blast travelling across the UK and Europe. Unfortunately, our trip was cut short because of the pandemic and we had to return home in 2 months, and complete the remainder of our semester online.”

Study Abroad: University of Manchester 

Gabrielle Milette

(MIB, Candidate 2021)

“It was better than I could have imagined! My situation was a bit different, it was my first work term and I was not supposed to go work internationally that semester. An opportunity presented itself randomly and I jumped on it! I had no expectations going in, and I came back super happy with everything that it had brought me!”

Work Abroad: RCI Bank 

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