Where in the World is Miami Wednesday: Meet an International Student from Canada

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By Fatimata Ndiaye & Halie Best

In this week's, Where in the World is Miami Wednesday, we meet Carter Johnson, a senior from Gimli, Canada in the Manitoba providence. He's majoring in Sport Leadership and Management and minoring in Coaching, and is forward on the Varsity Men's Ice Hockey team.

How did you get to know about Miami University and what made you choose it?

I heard about Miami University through hockey. I was playing in Texas when I was recruited by the hockey program here at Miami. Once I was exposed to the beautiful campus, the competitive hockey program, and the amazing academics I knew I couldn’t turn down this incredible opportunity.

What has been your most memorable experience at Miami?

My most memorable experience at Miami University has been playing in my first college hockey game at Goggin Ice Center. The crowd was packed, and the atmosphere was unlike anything I had seen before. It was a memory that will stick with me forever.

What has been the biggest difference between your home country and the U.S.?

There aren’t a lot of differences between Canada and the U.S., but I would say one that stands out to me is the food. Poutine is one type of food that is super popular back home that you can’t get in the U.S. Poutine is french fries, covered in gravy, topped with cheese curds. It is one of my favorite foods to eat when I am back in my home country, but Americans have no idea what I’m talking about.

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What has been the biggest similarity between your home country and the U.S.?

The biggest similarity between Canada and the U.S. would be the culture. Everyday life here in the U.S. is similar to Canada as far as traditions and beliefs. Both countries are very multicultural, diverse, and inclusive.

What organizations are you involved with on campus, and why?

I am currently on the Varsity Men’s Ice Hockey team at Miami. This was one of the main reasons why I came to Miami in the first place. I am very proud, and humbled to be a part of such a program here, and enjoy the opportunities that I am able to take part in because of this.

What does Love & Honor mean to you?

I believe that Love & Honor is a code of conduct to live your life by. I see it as something that represents Miami’s values and beloved traditions. It helps to unite everyone together with passion and integrity. Love & Honor is something that you take with you throughout your life, and live by every day to be the best version of yourself.

What do you like to do for fun?

I love going to the Starbucks located in Shriver to grab a cup of coffee with my girlfriend. It is in a super convenient location to walk to after a long day of classes. We usually sit outside on the patio together and enjoy a tasty beverage and a sweet treat. This is something that we have been doing for a long time now, and I love to do it.

Carter poses with a young girl on the ice rink

What is your favorite place to eat on campus?

My favourite place to eat on campus is Pulley Diner, located in Armstrong Student Center. It offers a variety of different options and authentic features that allows me to always find something tasty. It is also open late, which is really nice for studying or having a late night snack.

How has Miami’s focus on a liberal arts-based education helped you?

Miami’s focus on a liberal arts-based education has helped me to gain a greater range of knowledge, and learn about things that I did not know much about before. It has provided me with several important problem-solving and critical thinking skills that I will be able to carry with me for the rest of my life.

What advice would you give to someone who is considering pursuing their education at Miami University?

I would say embrace every moment you have here, and enjoy the ride because it is a lot of fun. Miami University is such a unique place that you cannot take for granted. You have to come in with an open mind so you can pursue new opportunities and different experiences, and are able to make the most out of your time at Miami.


Catch us next week as we continue to travel around the world to feature the amazing opportunities that Miami students are taking and the experiences our alumni have had since graduating!

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