Your Social Sciences degree can take you anywhere – including Dubai, Johannesburg, Manchester, Oslo and more!

A huge thank you to McMaster Experiential Education for featuring me on their blog this week! I remember reading alumni stories online prior to enrolling at McMaster University, so it’s cool to be able to share my experience the same way I learned about others. ❤

Beyond the Books

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…to be successful you must maintain a positive attitude no matter what is going on around you. Focus on your previous successes rather than your failures, and use this energy to plan the next steps you need to take to fulfill your goals. Do not linger on the distractions that may be thrown your way, and always remember that anything is possible.”  – Kelsey Johnson

One of the things we love about working in the Office of Experiential Education is getting to know our students and seeing where their career and education paths lead. We were recently in touch with Kelsey Johnson, who graduated in 2014 with a degree in Political Science & Health Studies as well as a Mohawk Affiliated Certificate in Leadership and Management in the Not-for-Profit Sector.

What’s she up to now? She’s in Johannesburg, South Africa; New York, USA; Dusseldorf, Germany; Manchester, UK; Oslo, Norway; Cairo, Egypt; and Manama, Bahrain – and that’s just July!…

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Where I’ve been: I’m now on the Emirates Business Promotions team!

It’s hard to believe that almost a year ago I applied for a Cabin Crew position with Emirates. When I received my golden call and accepted the opportunity, I decided to set a few goals for myself within the company.

Today, I am happy to share with you that I have achieved one of these goals. You are looking at one of the newest members of the Emirates Business Promotions team!

This means that I will be representing the airline at numerous events around the world (such as tennis matches, baseball games etc.) and speaking to media. I may also be selected to appear on television and participate in Emirates official photo shoots and commercials. I’m not sure when my first event will be, but I’m really looking forward to this new adventure!

As I’ve said before in my previous posts, I applied for a Cabin Crew position with Emirates twice before being selected. Even though being turned down the first time was discouraging, I picked myself up and tried again. Now look what I’ve managed to accomplish! The moral of this story and why I’m sharing all of this with you is because I believe that..

…to be successful you must maintain a positive attitude no matter what is going on around you. Focus on your previous successes rather than your failures, and use this energy to plan the next steps you need to take to fulfil your goals. Do not linger on the distractions that may be thrown your way, and always remember that anything is possible”

Thank you to everyone who has supported me throughout this crazy journey. I hope I’m making you proud! ❤

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Twitter: @KelseyBelleTO

Facebook: @LipstickAndLuggage

Instagram: @LipstickAndLuggage

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Disclaimer: My posts are my personal views and and do not represent the views of my company.

Layover Life: Rome, Italy

We’ve all heard the saying “Rome wasn’t built in a day”. Having walked around the city for hours, I can finally attest to that.

Embedded in centuries of history and culture, Rome has an ambience like no other. The architecture is unmatchable in comparison to any place I’ve been so far, and everything from the food to the kindness of the people was greater than I could have imagined.

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An outside look at the Pantheon; a word which means “temple of every god”

We arrived in Rome on the A380 in the mid-afternoon. Upon discovering that there was no wifi at the hotel (a crew’s worst nightmare), the decision was made to catch the hotel shuttle downtown for a late lunch. Approximately 15 of us showed up- which is the largest amount of people I’ve seen get together on a layover. Although some of us went our separate ways when we arrived in the city, I was happy to see everyone out of their rooms!

We visited the Pantheon, Trevi Fountain, Capitoline Hill, Piazza Venezia and a few local restaurants along the way. There is a lot to do in Rome, so we decided to hop from place to place (starting at the Piazza Venezia) until we decided to call it a day.

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Having a laugh while walking through the streets of Rome, Italy

If you go: Plan ahead. I rarely say this because I love adventure, but as I said, there is a lot to do in Rome. You have to pick and choose based on the duration of your stay!

Next Stop: New York, U.S.A

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Twitter: @KelseyBelleTO

Facebook: @LipstickAndLuggage

Instagram: @LipstickAndLuggage

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Disclaimer: My posts are my personal views and and do not represent the views of my company. For the safety and security of Emirates staff, the name of the hotel Cabin Crew stay at has been withheld.

 

 

July Roster

This month I’ll be travelling to:

  • Johannesburg, South Africa
  • New York, USA
  • Dusseldorf, Germany
  • Manchester, UK
  • Oslo, Norway 
  • Cairo, Egypt (turnaround)
  • Manama, Bahrain (turnaround)

That means I’ll be visiting three new destinations; Johannesburg, Dusseldorf and Oslo!

I’m looking forward to visiting Norway the most, because from what I’ve heard, it’s very similar to Canada. It’s also been on my bucket list since I was twelve and visited the Norway pavilion at Epcot’s World Showcase in Orlando, Florida. I thought the viking ships that were a part of the exhibit at the time were the coolest thing, as well as the trolls on display and the fairy tails that were being shared.

Needless to say, this next month is going to be an adventure and I can’t wait to share my experiences with you!

Next Stop: Karachi, Pakistan (turnaround) and Birmingham, England.

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Twitter: @KelseyBelleTO

Facebook: @LipstickAndLuggage

Instagram: @LipstickAndLuggage

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Disclaimer: My posts are my personal views and and do not represent the views of my company.

Layover Life: Washington D.C.

Last week, I had the privilege of visiting Washington, D.C. again! Having already been once, I had an idea of where I wanted to go straight away.

As soon as we checked into the hotel, a group of us decided to get ready and head downtown straight away. It’s very rare to get crew like this out together because most of us like to rest right after a flight. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised!

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An American flag flies at half mast to honour the victims of the recent attack in Orlando, Florida.

The first place we visited downtown was the Lincoln Memorial. From there, we walked to the National World War II Memorial, Washington Monument and down to The White House. Thankfully, all of these places are relatively close to one another, so we were able to visit the entire area in just a few hours.

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The best crew wearing matching USA t-shirts in front of The White House. It’s what the cool people do, right?

After walking around all day, we decided to grab some food a local pub before catching the metro back to our hotel. There is a nice shopping mall where we stay, so you can guess where we ended up for the rest of the day!

If you go: It’s always busy in the summer. Try to go earlier in the day to avoid the crowds.

Next Stop: Karachi, Pakistan (turnaround) and Birmingham, England.

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Twitter: @KelseyBelleTO

Facebook: @LipstickAndLuggage

Instagram: @LipstickAndLuggage

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Disclaimer: My posts are my personal views and and do not represent the views of my company. For the safety and security of Emirates staff, the name of the hotel Cabin Crew stay at has been withheld.

Layover Life: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

This week I had the pleasure of visiting Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (KL). It was my first time visiting the country and I have nothing but great things to say about it!

When the crew and I arrived at our hotel, some of us decided to venture to the night street food market for a quick dinner. I’ve never eaten in this type of setting before, so that in itself was a really cool experience. Restaurants were lined up along the street, with tables in chairs placed on the side of the road. This is apparently common in Asia, but it was my first time seeing anything like it!

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Night street food market in Kuala Lumpur

Following dinner, a few of us went out to explore the nightlife. We ended up at a bar called Beach Club Cafe. It’s a very popular place for airline crew to visit, and we had a great time.

Even after a long flight and late night out, some of us still managed to get up early the next day to do some sightseeing. We visited the Batu Caves, Templer Park and took a quick look at the Petronas Twin Towers.

The Batu Caves is a limestone hill composed of 18 caves, multiple temples and 272 steps. It contains the most popular Hindu shrine outside of India and has the world’s tallest statue of Hindu diety Murugan. The site is also known for its macaques (monkeys). As entertaining as it is to watch them, they can pose a biting hazard to tourists because of their territorial nature.

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A macaque on the steps of the Batu Caves

Templer Park is about a 15 minute taxi ride away from the Batu Caves. It is a forest reserve consisting of multiple waterfalls, jungle streams and trails. We only stayed for an hour because our driver was kind enough to wait for us, but it was enough time to see what we wanted to before heading back to the city.

Following our excursion, we stopped to take some pictures at the base of the Petronas Twin Towers. They were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004 and are still the tallest twin towers across the globe. Although we didn’t have time to go inside, seeing them up close and in person was amazing.

The rest of my time in KL was spent by the pool, while some of my colleagues went to check out the local malls. There is a lot to do in this city, but I still wanted to save some stuff to do for next time. Hopefully that time comes sooner rather than later!

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One of the best parts of my job, relaxing at the hotel pool

If you go: The Batu Caves are always busy, but we avoided the crowds by going during the week, around 9:00AM. Templer Park wasn’t that busy either. We were there from 10:30AM-11:30AM and were some of the only people in the park.

Next stop: Washington, D.C.

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Twitter: @KelseyBelleTO

Facebook: @LipstickAndLuggage

Instagram: @LipstickAndLuggage

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Disclaimer: My posts are my personal views and and do not represent the views of my company.