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The Weekly Wednesday Conversation Group meets at the International Centre before setting off to explore campus.

Weekly Wednesday Conversation Group starts on May 11

Build social skills, meet other students and explore campus

May 6, 2022 — 

The International Centre is hosting a weekly conversation group for international students during the summer, and all students are welcome.

The weekly sessions are a great way for both international and Canadian students to meet new people, make friends and develop conversation skills.

The sessions are hosted by Praise Oluwafemi, who is a student and also a program assistant at the International Centre.

She was inspired to start the group because she started as a student at UM during the pandemic.

“Unfortunately, like many students, I have not had the opportunity to be in school for in-person classes,” she says. “Now finally having the opportunity to come to school in person especially during summer, it just seems like a great idea to tour the campus to find new places to meet and have conversations.

“I am sure that both returning and new students would benefit from going around the campus since there have also been some renovations that have been done during the pandemic,” she adds.

Both international and domestic students will get something from the conversation group.

“International students should attend the conversation group because we will be talking and learning about Canadian culture and the experiences other students, both domestic and international, have gone through,” says Oluwafemi. “We will also talk about tips for adapting to their new home and how to manage the culture, language, and lifestyle in Canada.”

“Domestic students should also join the sessions because it is an opportunity to meet with people and learn about diverse cultures and languages,” says Oluwafemi. “Additionally, for students who are coming back from online schooling during the pandemic to in-person classes, we will talk about how to adjust to the change and how to create a good work–life balance during the summer.”

The group meets every Wednesday during the summer from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. The group starts at the International Centre (541 UMSU University Centre), and walks to a location on campus, giving students the opportunity to become familiar with campus at such a beautiful time of year. All students are welcome.

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