Experiencing Travel

“Travel is more than the seeing of sights; it is a change that goes on, deep and permanent, in the ideas of living.” – Miriam Beard

Spontaneity and shear optimism were two of the many concepts that fused my motivation, to embark on my first solo vacation earlier this year. I truly believed that, with a mindset such as that, I would encounter nothing less than a glorious experience; however, my anticipated trip to Cuba quickly confirmed that theory to be incorrect, and yet, I’m glad it turned out to be that way. One of the most versed travellers of all time, Ibn Battuta, explains this unusual revelation quite well, when he stated: “Traveling – it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” Continue Reading

I don’t have all the answers and that’s OK

“ You know nothing, Jon Snow.” is an often quoted line from the smash-hit HBO show, Game of Thrones, and I don’t feel like it’s a fair assessment. Sure, Jon doesn’t know who his parents are, doesn’t know which members of his family are alive or dead, and several other things, but he obviously doesn’t know nothing. Sometimes I feel a little like Jon Snow.

Obviously, I don’t have to fight off ice zombies in a world modelled after medieval Europe, but sometimes I feel like everyone is telling me that I know nothing.

My main problem with this is that I feel like after 26 years on this planet, I should at least know something. I should have the answers. Continue Reading

‘Memories and friends that will last a lifetime’: My College Days

Felicia (bride) with her Mohawk friends, (l-r) Ellen Alstein, Karina Mankinen, and Jessica Stacey (Faria)

Felicia (bride) with her Mohawk friends, (l-r) Ellen Alstein, Karina Mankinen, and Jessica Stacey (Faria)

I was at Mohawk College for three years, fresh out of high school. Everyone said, your college years are your best, but for me, those years didn’t become the best years until towards the end. It took me a while to find my place at Mohawk, to find my friends, to manage my time better, to find solid roommates and to figure out where I wanted to go in life – which is something I am still figuring out.

One of my favourite recollections of my time as a college student is how certain a friendship grew. Karina Mankinen and I were both enrolled in the Tourism and Travel program at the same time. It took a year and half for us to have the same schedules. We were always just missing each other. Continue Reading

One Year In the Life: 2017 Grads

mohawk-winter-january2017 is an important year for Mohawk College. This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the College.

While we are sure to spend time looking back on where we’ve been, the Alumni Blog will have a special feature too. One week each month we will check-in with three students as they finish their final semesters and prepare for final exams, graduation, and their future career. Continue Reading

Pack A Bag: Why You Should Travel Today

camera girl woods“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” – Mark Twain

I just recently came home from a two week vacation in Italy. Although it was exhausting (waking up early every morning and going until late into the night) and expensive (thousands of dollars later…), I wouldn’t trade that experience for anything in the world. You see, I’m what they call a travel buff. I thrive on the adventure to explore a new world, to see new sites, to meet new people, and to live beyond my bubble back home. Continue Reading