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Income Tax help at QUIC

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March marks the end of winter (we hope) and the start of “tax season”. We offer tax workshops for international students and scholars at Queen’s to help those that are new to Canada understand their tax rights and responsibilities. Some people are required to complete tax forms because they have Canadian income, while others have no income, but have an opportunity to complete tax forms and get money ($) from the government.  Whether you have income or not all students will benefit from completing their forms.Our tax...

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Canadian culture shock

Posted by on 10:44 am in Students | 0 comments

The following is a post by Yens. I consumed a lot of North American media while growing up in Indonesia and Singapore. Therefore, when I heard that we were going to be immigrating to Canada, I was so excited. I knew it was going to be a fabulous country with lots of opportunities to grow and pursue my dreams. When I first came to Canada, I thought I knew the culture well. After all, I did come to Canada and the United States as a tourist before, and I am familiar with the North American culture, or so I thought. I was wrong. There is a huge...

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Setting sail around the world

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  On January 10th 2014, I embarked on the most singular event of my life. Along with over 500 students from around the world, I set sail on the M.V. Explorer with the program Semester at Sea. As the name suggests, I spent a full semester on a ship. Over 112 days, I saw 12 different countries, made countless new friends, and even shaved off all my hair. As you can expect, I am often asked, “What was your favourite country?” If you do ask me that, watch for the moment when my eyes glaze over. I am again seeing the neon glow of Japan,...

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QUIC Photo Contest

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Winning photos are on display at the QUIC. Contest Winner: “Pause” by Fenton Isaacs (ArtSci’17), taken in Indonesia Category Winners: People and Culture  -  Mitchell Gleason Landscape & Nature  -  Erin Colwell My Home Away from Home –  Werdah Iqbal Critical Global Issues  -  Kelsey Ross New this year:  Selected entries will be also displayed at a local museum in April 2015! The Grand Prize was generously provided by Kingston Henry’s. Other prizes were donated by Queen’s University and local businesses....

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Differences between Danish and Canadian culture

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Hi, I’m Justin Yee, a World Link Volunteer. Outlined below are five intercultural differences between Danes and Canadians that I observed during my one-semester exchange at Aarhus University. 1. Consumerism It can be argued that consumerism has taken the Canadian lifestyle by storm. We want it all – fastest car, biggest house, the most money – often neglecting our friends and families to reach our goals. The Danes, it seems, have not yet been swept away by the idea of spending more to be happier, instead focusing on a doctrine called Hygge –...

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Resources for academic success at Queen’s

Posted by on 10:58 am in Students | 0 comments

Hi everyone, it is Ning again. I hope you liked my previous blog post. Today I would like to talk about the importance of making the best use of your time at Queen’s. There are tons of resources available on campus. Four resources which I use most frequently are my professors, my TAs, the Writing Centre and the Learning Strategies Centre, both of which are Student Academic Success Services (SASS). There are tons of other resources – it is just impossible for me to list all of them here. First, talk to your professor if you ever have any...

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Breaking out of the comfort zone

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Hi, my name is Natalie Kauf and I’m a QUIC World Link Volunteer. I’ve written down some advice for those of you who are preparing to study abroad. When deciding to study abroad, many students do it with a goal of broadening their cultural horizons.  Many people also criticise remaining within the ‘safety’ of social circles where we find people of the same cultural background. I would like to suggest, however, that perhaps we do this much more often than we think. By deciding to do a year in Beijing where my studies would be...

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QUIC to welcome new int’l students

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Close to 300 new international students will be arriving on campus this January. The semester will start fast this year, as classes are commencing on Monday, Jan. 5th. The QUIC will be open during the weekend on Saturday and Sunday, January 3rd and 4th, to ease the arrival of new international students.  The Welcome and Orientation Program will offer multiple events, orientation sessions, a welcome meal and a bus trip to a local conservation area. Did you know students can borrow skates at the QUIC?  The skating ring in the Springer Market...

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7 Ways to Deal With Returning to Queen’s from Exchange

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7 Ways to Deal With Returning to Queen’s from Exchange

My name is Rebecca Isaak and I’m a QUIC World Link Volunteer. I returned from a Semester at Sea and I thought I’d find it helpful to share seven ways to deal with returning to Queen’s from exchange, as told by students who are experiencing it right now. 1. Invest in your own community! Have coffee dates and catch up with friends you haven’t seen in months. Remember why you love Queen’s and why you chose to go there. 2. Be a tourist in Kingston. “Revaluate what is that you love in Kingston. Do as much of that as possible to make...

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New experiences on an exchange to Denmark

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New experiences on an exchange to Denmark

Hi everyone, My name is Justin and I’m a first year law student at Queen’s. I am also a World Link Volunteer at QUIC. Before Queen’s, I spent 4 years studying business at Wilfrid Laurier University. I spent the fall semester of my fourth year abroad at the Aarhus School of Business in Aarhus, Denmark. Below is a summary of my time abroad, in interview form for easy reading! Favourite things about your experience abroad: Meeting students from different countries and coming back to Canada with a network which spans the world. Travelling around...

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