Jake Humphries

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Jake Humphries is Career Day Co-ordinator and an ELL teacher at St. Michaels University School.

Career Day 2016: Preparation for Life After SMUS

On January 27, the Senior School hosted its 7th annual Career Day. Students in Grades 9 through 12 had the opportunity to learn about a...
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Getting Ready for USA Applications

Grade 11 - Most applications to USA colleges and universities will be completed using the Common Application (https://www.commonapp.org/Login). This is where you create your...
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The University of Guelph-Humber

Some record low temperatures were set in the Toronto area this winter (2015). On my visit to the University of Guelph-Humber on the west...
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Cambridge Update from Keiler Totz ’13

Life at Cambridge University has been an incredible experience so far. Any initial fears about moving to a new country and attending one of...
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Whitman College, Walla Walla, WA

Whitman College is a top Liberal Arts choice for SMUS students.  Located in the southeastern corner of Washington state, close to the Columbia River,...
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Four Universities in New York State

Rochester and Syracuse are just an hour by air from Toronto, and Cornell and Colgate are both an easy drive from either of these...
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Jobs 2020

The website CanadianBusiness.com includes various lists and rankings of future employment opportunities. Their recently published list, “Canada’s 100 Best Jobs” demonstrates some interesting trends....
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Attending a Small University – Julian Allen, SMUS Class of 2012

Applying to University is a stressful, yet exciting time. The process provides you with the opportunity to explore your personality and identify a place...
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Ryan Taylor, SMUS Class of 2011, comments on Colgate University

Colgate University, nestled in the heart of central New York, is an ideal school for students who love the close-knit and vibrant campus life...
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What About Santa Fe?

Sitting on the high plains at an elevation of 7,000 feet and just to the west of the sangre de Christos mountains, Santa Fe,...
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Monash University, Melbourne, Australia

Australia is optimistic. Its people are positive and forward-looking. Business is good. And the weather’s great! International students would be lucky to study in...
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Minnesota – 10,000 Lakes and Some Great Universities

Minnesota’s Twin Cities (Minneapolis and St. Paul) are alive with arts and athletic activity – The Minnesota Twins, Vikings, Wild, Timberwolves, (baseball, football, hockey,...
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Brendan Snarr, SMUS ’05, PhD Research at McGill

Do you think fungus is only mushrooms, blue cheese, and beer? Representing one of the most diverse kingdoms in taxonomy, fungi encompass everything from brewers’...
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The University of Toronto

The University of Toronto is one of Canada’s finest post-secondary institutions. Three campuses spread across the greater Toronto area serve more than 70,000 students...
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The Scots, The Ivys, and the Aussies

The week of September 17-21 will see visits from three wonderful groups of universities. These will be evening visits; all students and parents are...
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Selby Knudsen, SMUS 2011, at Boston University

The Honors College focuses on expanding our base of education and exposing us to new ideas. The freshman year is based on two different...
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Australian Universities

Riding the ferry across Sydney Harbour to Manly beach on a warm July day, it is hard to believe that it is winter.  But...
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Career Education – Cannexus 2012

Phil Jarvis thinks that a “Perfect Storm” is coming in the career and jobs market in Canada and the world. Jarvis, one of the...
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Snow, What Snow?

  For years, SMUS students have been hearing me say that one factor in deciding which university to apply to is their tolerance for Winter: ...
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Dual BA Program Between Columbia and Sciences Po

Dual degree programs and cross-registration work very well for students who have multiple interests. Wilfrid Laurier University and Waterloo University offer dual degrees in...
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St. Andrew’s/Edinburgh/Alberta Medical Program

The St Andrew's/Edinburgh/Alberta International Medical Program:  An exciting new program is now available which allows applicants hoping to practise medicine in Canada to study...
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What About “Down Under”?

There are some excellent universities in Australia and New Zealand.  I recently visited two universities in Melbourne, Australia.  Victoria University is an 11-campus technical...
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Niche Degrees in the UK

In all areas of research, business, and institutional services, specialization is becoming more and more common.  Universities are responding to stated demand from students...
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The University of Cardiff

Situated in the largest centre in Wales, where we also find the Millennium Stadium (premier rugby facility), the Millennium Centre for the Performing Arts...
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University College, Dublin

Situated a short bus ride from Dublin's busy city center, UCD is a vibrant, comprehensive university buzzing with activity; the general tone is Up...
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Royal Holloway, University of London

My recent visit to RHUL convinced me that this college in the UOL collection is superb in every way!  Royal Holloway boasts the top...
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Decisions, Decisions

The Grade 12 class is entering a most exciting phase of their graduation year.  The class as a whole has sent off 900 applications...
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Mr. Humphries has a new #1!

One of the great things about working in University Counselling at SMUS is that during visits to great universities, I am repeatedly inspired and...
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The University of London

With 90,000 students studying an all-inclusive variety of subjects on 19 self-governing campuses, the University of London is a fascinating institution of higher learning. ...
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Find The Shoe That Fits

If all that mattered was how large a university is, then any top 100 list would read much differently than it does now.  Simply...
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Acadia University – Laptops and LEED

Acadia University in Wolfville, Nova Scotia, is one of the many smaller universities chosen by SMUS students.  For several years now, one or two...
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Washington University in St. Louis

WUSTL is a university of high ideals for high achievers with high hopes.  Set in the fascinating hub city of St. Louis, at the...
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St. Andrew’s Attracts Students Like a Magnet

If you’ve seen “Chariots of Fire”, you’ll recognize the beach. Behind the photographer is the town of St. Andrew’s, the centre point of which...
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Welcome to Boston University

With several dozen post-secondary institutions in the greater Boston area, “Beantown” is a student-oriented city. With a great transport network, featuring the ‘T’ line...