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U of R students share their winning photos, and some photos from their homelands

Taouba Khelifa
News Editor

As part of their annual International Education Week celebrations, the Faculty of Business Administration ran a photography contest from the week of Nov. 12 to 16. Students were encouraged to submit photos that showcased their international experiences, and out of 90 great photo entries, three were voted as the winners.

The Carillon spoke to the winners of the photo contest about their international experiences, and their winning photos.

Narmaan Singh Sidhu (first)
Where are you from? I am from India.
How long have you been studying at the U of R? I came to Canada to study at the U of R in September, 2012.
Tell us why you chose this photo. I choose this photo because when I was asked to submit the photograph in the contest, it was the month of November, and during this month, a famous festival named "Diwali" is celebrated in India. [The] picture is of eco-friendly lighting pots called "Divas".
Tell us a little bit about where you are from. How are the people like? How is the environment? In India, I am exactly from Punjab. In Punjab, people are hardworking, people always try to remain happy, generous, and are of [a] jolly nature. The environment [in Regina] is totally different for me … maybe because I am not born here. I don't have enough friends; I don't have parents with me here, so I actually miss them. But what I am here for is the studies; they are totally beneficial to me, and I think they are [better] than back home.
What do you miss most about your home? The most I miss about my home is my parents and my friends.
What do you like best about Regina? I like … Regina because it is a less populated city, a peaceful city to live in.

If you could describe your country in three words, what would they be?

Rather than choosing any three words to describe India, I would describe it in only two words: Incredible India.

Silvia Marisol Mondragon Martinez (second)
Where are you from? Mexico
How long have you been studying at the U of R?

Just got here for Fall semester 2012.

Tell us why you chose this photo. I like the photo because Yellowstone’s landscapes are just so unique.

Tell us a little bit about where you are from. What are the people like? How is the environment?

I’m from Sonora, Mexico. It’s just so different from here. My hometown actually [has] desert temperatures that can get up to 122 degrees Fahrenheit. We have mostly beaches, sun, and cactuses, so I can say it’s quite the opposite from [Regina]. Mexico is well known for its beaches, and pyramids are also an important part of our history.
What do you miss most about your home? When it gets too cold here, I miss going to the beach.
What do you like best about Regina? As I said, everything is so different from my hometown. I guess that’s what I like the most, the contrast of culture and environment.
If you could describe your country in three words, what would they be? Full of culture.
Florian Genther (third)
Where are you from? I'm from Neuhausen, Switzerland. (No that’s not the same as Sweden)
How long have you been studying at the U of R? I'm only here for this semester. I arrived here in the beginning of September and I will stay until the end of December.
Tell us why you chose this photo.

The photo I chose shows a goat I saw at Medicine Lake near Jasper. I was on a road trip through The Rocky Mountains with two friends from Switzerland before I came to Regina. This was the closest we came to an animal during our 7-week trip.

Tell us a little bit about where you are from. How are the people like? How is the environment? The people are maybe a bit more uptight, but also very friendly. Lots of them are very busy during the week and love to party on weekends. I don't think there are so many differences between Canadians and Swiss. Switzerland is like Alberta and BC, but much smaller. We have a lot of mountains, lakes and rivers. The place where I live is near the river Rhine, [where] we spend a lot of time in summer.
What do you miss most about your home?

My big bed, the food my mom cooks, swiss bread, cheese and chocolate and sometimes my family and friends.

What do you like best about Regina? I like the people here the most, and also the campus life. It is a total new experience for me because we don't have residences at our universities. Everything is so close together in Switzerland that you can commute to university every day by public transport.
If you could describe your country in three words, what would they be? Neutral, chocolate, Alps.

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