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Carmen Li graduates with the class of 2019.

2 years ago, seventeen year old Carmen Li came to Columbia International College to pursue her education abroad.  What she found was the opportunity to challenge herself academically as well as, developing her own personal growth.  With a big smile on her face, Carmen has successfully been admitted to study at the University of Hong Kong.

“I wanted to increase my employment chances, and I wanted to attend a school where I could be challenged to be the best version of myself.” – Carmen Li

Carmen’s average of 91.4% certified her to be accepted into the program for Bachelor of Business Administration (Law) and Bachelor of Laws at the University of Hong Kong.  Candidates applying to the University of Hong Kong must pass the faculty entrance requirements, and those applying for their BBA (Law) and LLB must also obtain a level 5 or above in English Language and a level 4 or above in Chinese Language and Mathematics.

With a passion in both business and law, Carmen is grateful and happy for the acceptance into the program.

“I wanted to increase my employment chances, and I wanted to attend a school where I could be challenged to be the best version of myself,” said Carmen.  Before her academic years at Columbia International College, Carmen decided she wanted to attend a boarding school to pursue her dream in law.  Carmen explains, “I wanted to come to Canada because it is safe and not that dense compared to Hong Kong. I researched CIC on the website, and I loved the diversity and community CIC embodied.”

Carmen soon found that any fear she had about not knowing anyone at the school, was quickly diminished when she easily created life-long friends who are all from diverse backgrounds.   She joined multiple clubs in the school such as: Leadership Training, Model UN and Varsity Basketball.  When asked what some of her strongest skills were, she happily beamed, “I am very good at planning ahead, multi-tasking and time management.  I believe prioritizing your tasks helps you to succeed.”

When asked about who her inspirations are, humbly Carmen replied, “I’m very self-motivated, but I am inspired by average people who are working hard to achieve their dreams.”  Carmen recounts a story about peer tutoring another student who had difficulty learning English.  However that student kept coming in for her tutoring, and despite the challenges she was eventually able to learn English.  Carmen explains, “You need to be determined and persistent and that’s what the student showed, and to me that is inspiring.”

With the success of achieving her goal in being accepted to the University of Hong Kong, Carmen is gracefully down-to-earth and a caring individual.  “Back in Hong Kong I helped tutor underprivileged children.  A little bit of help might make a big difference, that is why I continued to peer tutor at CIC,” said Carmen. Her passion in helping others is also exemplified in her participating in Model UN.

“I am inspired by average people who are working hard to achieve their dreams.”

Carmen Li

Carmen engaged in Model UN and represented the country of Peru.  Here she negotiated issues happening around the world with her allies.  Carmen raised the issue of the importance of sustainable development, while raising concerns and engaging the other countries to discuss solutions.  Carmen explains that she had experience in public speaking but Model UN allowed her to enhance her public speaking skills and as well as her debating skills.   “I would definitely recommend the program to other students,” said Carmen.

The staff, the guidance counselors and liaison department have all been very welcoming to Carmen, as she expresses how memorable CIC has been.  Coming to CIC has provided Carmen with a way to become more involved in activities and stepping out of her comfort zone.  Carmen explains, “When you’re given the opportunity, why not?”

Carmen happily smiles and continues to illuminate how important it is to find what you love and to pursue your passions.  Carmen states, “Some advice I would give to other students is to stretch your limits.  Be the best version of yourself!  It’s important to engage in activities that you enjoy and make you happy.  If you want a fulfilled life you have to do what you like, and not what others tell you.”

Congratulations Carmen on your success at CIC and may you continue to find success and happiness in your future endeavors!

 

CIC Announces Two Scholarships In Celebration of 40th Anniversary

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2019 marks Columbia International College’s 40th Birthday! As part of our 40th Anniversary celebrations, we’re holding two exciting scholarships/contests. We encourage all students to apply and here’re the rubrics and essay descriptions.

40th Anniversary Scholarship

Prize

1st Prize: $5,000.00 to student & $5000.00 donation for a registered Canadian charity of your choice

2nd Prize: $2,000.00

3rd Prize: $1,000.00

For university, college or CIC tuition.

Who can enter?

All students who currently study at CIC- grades 7-12.

Due date

April 5, 2019 by 5:00 PM. Please deliver the essay in person to Student Development Office: Ainsliewood Room S244 or Cedar Room 217

Essay length

1,000 words or less

Winners

A committee comprised of a minimum of three staff will determine the winning essays. Announced by May 3, 2019 and presented at graduation May 15, 2019.

Essay Question

CIC is now 40 years old.  Imagine yourself at 40.  How will your experiences at CIC contribute to your personal and professional development, and help you overcome obstacles and reach your goals?

Essay Checklist

Introduction:

  • Has an interesting attention getter related to the topic
  • Introduces the topic
  • Essay map is clearly worded and relates to the thesis
  • Thesis is arguable, strong and clearly worded

Paragraph structure:

  • Points are reasons why the argument is true
  • Proofs/examples support points in a meaningful way
  • Commentary/analysis explains how the proofs prove the points and contains a clear connection to the argument
  • Paragraphs progress in a cohesive manner to support the thesis

Conclusion:

  • Re-states the thesis
  • Re-states the essay map
  • Has a memorable ending to make the reader think

Communication:

  • Elevated vocabulary is used Comments:
  • Sentences are clear and grammatically correct

The Mosaic Scholarship

The Mosaic Scholarship award is designed to recognize students who embrace multi-cultural values through their actions and words. Three scholarships of $2,000 will be awarded annually, one each in May, June and December, to the graduate who has demonstrated the wisdom to respect and understand others and is willing to embrace and engage people from different cultures.

Prize
$ 2,000.00 for university, college or CIC tuition.

Who can enter?
Students graduating in May 2019

Due date
April 5, 2019 by 5:00 PM. Please deliver the essay in person to Student Development Office: Ainsliewood Room S244 or Cedar Room 217

Essay length
500 words or less

Winning Essays

A committee comprised of a minimum of three staff will determine the winning essays. Winners will be announced at graduation May 15, 2019.

Essay Question
What values have you learned from the multi-cultural community of CIC?

Essay Checklist

Introduction:

  • Has an interesting attention getter related to the topic
  • Introduces the topic
  • Essay map is clearly worded and relates to the thesis
  • Thesis is arguable, strong and clearly worded

Paragraph structure:

  • Points are reasons why the  argument is true
  • Proofs/examples support points in a meaningful way
  • Commentary/analysis explains how the proofs prove the points and contains a clear connection to the argument
  • Paragraphs progress in a cohesive manner to support the thesis

Conclusion:

  • Re-states the thesis
  • Re-states the essay map
  • Has a memorable ending to make the reader think

Communication:

  • Sentences are clear and grammatically correct
  • Elevated vocabulary is used

 * CIC reserves the right to publish the essay in part or entirety

Google Classroom: Columbia International College as a Digital School

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Beginning in January 2019, Columbia teachers and students will take part in a pilot program using Google Classroom as a learning management system and digital classroom platform. Through the Classroom page and app, students have 24-7 access to all of their learning materials in addition to the applications offered through GSuite; Google Drive, Docs, Slides, Sheets, Calendar, Sites, Chats, Forms, and Photos. Each of these enables teachers to create a dynamic classroom where students collaborate, explore, and extend their knowledge. Flipped classrooms, student feedback systems, and media integration put the discovery of new knowledge in the student’s hands.

Google Classroom allows teachers to move beyond the traditional classroom setting and develop a digital educational community. Students have the opportunity to create content and enhance their learning, leading to greater achievement and success. The digital classroom takes into account the technology of the world today that students will soon find themselves immersed and working in as they move onto post-secondary education and to future careers.

CIC is dedicated to providing a safe, caring, and inclusive learning environment, which extends to the technology we integrate into the classroom. We strive to teach students responsible and efficient online practices in the digital classroom. Students can reflect upon their contributions and develop strong critical thinking and communication skills while taking initiative for their own learning and success.

Schools across the globe have adopted Google Classroom as their learning management system, providing students and teachers with the opportunity to grow, learn, and succeed. CIC looks forward to continuing to enrich the learning community and further prepare students for their academic future with this new educational platform.

JMS Students Put On Alice In Wonderland Jr

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After four months of preparations and rehearsals, the Junior Middle School at Columbia International College held a performance called Alice In Wonderland Jr on June 8th.


Head of Junior Middle School Denice Garell-Teti could barely contain her excitement when she introduced the play to the audience including parents flying from overseas to attend the JMS graduation ceremony on June 21st.


Alice in Wonderland Jr. has been adapted for young performers and is a fast paced version of the original story.


JMS teacher Mark Jackson is the director of the play. He said “The JMS department edited the script to accommodate the number of students we have and to allow them to reach their full potential. We explored 6 musical numbers that have been transposed into keys appropriate for young voices.”


The school play included 100% participation from all students in the JMS department.


The play includes such wonderfully wacky characters that there is plenty of opportunity to showcase students of all different skill levels, including musical talent. In addition to dramatic arts as a subject, students also take Visual Arts and Music.


Not only do students learn about stage direction and blocking, but theater provides the opportunity for students to be creative, work collaboratively, problem solve and gain confidence in their English speaking abilities.”


Maria Zheng is the leading actress playing Alice. She’s also a talented Ballet dancer and owns her Youtube channel on children’s book reviews.


At CIC,JMS students are fostered under the unique YAA (Young Academic Achievers) Program which provides them with great opportunities to thrive not just academically, but also socially, emotionally and physically. Student talents are showcased in an annual JMS art gallery and school-wide talent shows.

Columbia International College hosts ICEF Agents in Hamilton

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On Monday (May 1, 2018), Columbia International College (CIC) had the pleasure of hosting over 35 ICEF agents from 18 different countries.

In collaboration with Mohawk College and with the support of the City of Hamilton, the agents were gladly welcomed to Hamilton (“The Education City”), discovering the best our city has to offer international students.

During their FAMiliarization Tour, the agents visited Hamilton landmarks and were greeted by the Mayor of Hamilton, Fred Eisenberger. Over the course of their visit, they also had a chance to explore CIC and Mohawk campuses and residence facilities.

It’s always great when our agents get to meet our staff to get first-hand information on our programs and unique Total Care Education System®. It’s also important for them to see and talk to current students and experience life at Columbia International College!

We look forward to continuing working with our partner agents and welcoming students from all over the world to CIC!

Check out some of our favourite photos from their visit below!

CIC Students Shine at New York Model UN

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During Mar 16-18, Columbia International College delegates tried their hands at the Change the World Model United Nations (CWMUN) for the third consecutive year and displayed remarkable debating, presentation and conflict resolution skills throughout the simulations.

The three-day annual event held at the UN Headquarters in New York City attracted over 2,500 students from all around the world. Five CIC students were recognized for outstanding contributions in the committees and countries they represented:

  • Best Position Paper: Chi Weng Mou (Kimmy)
  • Honorable Mention: Zimu Zhao, Lecheng Zeng (Charlie), Karen-Olivia Kouame, Nandi Traore

“Upon entering the General Assembly Hall for opening ceremonies, the students expressed much excitement and willingness to resolve global issues, ” said Anthony Mattiacci, CIC’s Senior Activities Advisor overseeing the training program.

Since 2016, CIC students have participated in the CWMUN, stepping into shoes of UN ambassadors and debating major issues challenging the world.

The preparation seminars are also a great way to help students develop skills in leadership, research, public presentation and consensus building through negotiation.

CIC has received lots of positive feedback on our delegates’ accomplishments.  If you see the members of the Model U.N. Team, please congratulate them on their hard work and achievements at the conference.

Photos by Anthony Mattiacci

Spirit Week Unites CIC Community

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Spirit week is back! This biannual tradition features four unique dress-up theme days: pajama, jersey, cultural and wacky. The fun starts every morning before class. You can play hilarious games that will add some excitement to your day.

Students and teachers as well are getting dressed in probably the most outlandish outfits or dazzling costumes you’ve ever seen. Most importantly, be creative and show off your unique identity!

CIC is a community of 1800 students from over 70 countries. Spirit Week provides a great opportunity to foster cultural confidence and advocate inclusiveness on the campus. For more information, please contact the Student Development Office.

Spirit Week Photo Galleries:

Columbia Acknowledged for Ensuring Student Safety and Wellness

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On January 13th, 2018, the Consulate General of the People’s Republic of China in Toronto held a forum on Chinese students’ safety and wellness in Canada. Columbia International College, The University of Toronto, and a select educational associations were acknowledged for their tremendous contributions to ensure students’ overall health and safety.


Zhuang Yaodong, the acting Chinese Consul General in Toronto, said there are 80,000 Chinese students in Ontario and Manitoba and some have encountered safety and mental health issues.

He cautioned that 2017 saw a rise in scams targeting Chinese students and many victims have suffered economic losses and psychological impact.


Mr. Clement Chan (right) , Executive Director of Columbia Intentional College, received a Letter of Acknowledgement from Mr. Zhuang and delivered an address on how Columbia has been helping numerous young students grow up in a safe and healthy environment since 1979.

Mr. Chan said: “Different from domestic students, international students do not have a home to return to after school. Therefore, schools which offer only academic programs are not providing sufficient services to care for them.”


“Remember, the young students are not coming to Canada just to study, they are here to grow up with us. ”

Mr. Chan stressed that young students need support and guidance in a holistic way — caring services to support their Academic, Social, Emotional and Physical (ASEP) needs.

Columbia has been looking after students with its unique ASEP Total Care Education System® for almost 40 years. It has grown to become North America’s largest boarding high school.

University Visits at CIC

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University Visits

CIC was honored to have an array of Universities visit the campus this past month.  The Universities had the opportunity to meet potential students, and share important information about their campuses and student life.

On behalf of Columbia International College, we would like to share our deepest thanks and gratitude to the Universities below: Click on the name of your preferred University for additional information!

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Students Took The Stage At Cedar Talent Show

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Columbia’s Cedar Campus held its annual Talent Show on Nov 29th. ESL and Junior Middle School performers took the stage and showcased great singing, dancing and instrumental performance skills.

The event drew a full house to the auditorium which was decorated with Christmas ornaments and gift boxes.  Even “Santa Claus” was invited to watch the show and hand out treats to the audience!

We’re impressed with the abundance of talents that we have at CIC. Thumbs up!  Keep up the great job.

Here’s the Talent Show program list and photo album:

  • Piano by Adina
  • Singing (Chinese) by Barry
  • Guitar by Tomas
  • Sing (Russian) by Aidana
  • Dance Solo by Maria
  • Singing (English) by Jasmine
  • Singing (Cantonese) by Arron
  • Dance by JMS boys
  • Singing (French) by Noe
  • Singing & Guitar by Arron (JMS)
  • Singing (English) by Aidana & Noe
  • Group Dance by Latin group