November 14th, 2018
“I came to Canada as an international student and knowing first-hand what a student feels, requires the need for smooth transition upon arrival."
In partnership with the Centre for Teaching and Learning, the Connect program is a mentorship at Humber used to ease first-semester international students’ transition to a new culture, campus and community. The mentors, who are staff and faculty volunteers, begin to support registered students prior to arrival and their guidance will help them navigate the education system, access services and adapt to their new life in Canada.
Dileeni Weerasinghe, Coordinator for the faculty mentors of Connect and professor of the Business school at Humber College, shares her experience as a past mentor and the benefits of the program. “I came to Canada as an international student and knowing first-hand what a student feels, requires the need for smooth transition upon arrival. I have been a faculty mentor for the Connect program for almost 5 years. We help them with banking, how to find accommodation, a doctor, part-time job and learn the services offered at Humber. I joined this program as I saw this as a great opportunity for me to give back and to connect with students in order to help them grow.”
She further explains that it’s beneficial for students because “they are overwhelmed by moving to another country, studying in another language and transitioning into a new system. Our program bridges the gap and helps their inclusivity into the Humber College community and makes many long-lasting friendships.”