PITTSBURGH, PA (02/04/2014) — A student studies in a room at the Gates and Hillman Centre of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. Photo by Justin Chin

PITTSBURGH, PA (02/04/2014) — A student studies in a room at the Gates and Hillman Centre of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. Photo by Justin Chin

Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA.

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I recently travelled to Pittsburgh, PA with my father. He had a conference to attend and I had nothing to do. A friend directed me to go visit a building right across from the conference site at the University of Pittsburgh and said it’s the world’s second tallest university building and second tallest gothic-styled building — The Cathedral of Learning.

I walked in there not knowing what I was expecting and was amazed by the architecture. The 42-story tall Cathedral of Learning is listed in the National Register of Historic Places.

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People take the elevator to reach the upper floors of the Cathedral of Learning of the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, April 2, 2014.

When I first stepped inside, I wasn’t expecting to see the four-story high, vaulted, gothic study and event hall at all. It’s just stunning to see people studying at such an amazing place. I thought Queen’s was pretty, but geez, this is a totally new level.

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Students study at the four-story high, vaulted, gothic study and event hall at the Cathedral of Learning of the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, April 2, 2014.

Inside the limestone building contains more than 2,000 rooms and windows. It’s just amazing. It’s full of students and tourists. Students were studying everywhere inside, whether it’s the hallways, or wherever.

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But within those 2,000 rooms, there were 29 Nationality Rooms which depicts and donated by the different ethnic groups that helped build the city of Pittsburgh.

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A student walks past a list of Nationality Rooms and the year in which they were dedicated to a certain ethnic group. Most recent rooms have cost around $500,000 and up to complete.

I wandered around the hallways and could only visit a few empty nationality rooms since classes were still going on in them and I do not wish to disturb them.

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The Japanese Room

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The Indian Room

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The Swiss Room

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The Austrian Room

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The Lithuanian Room

The English Room

The Polish Room

The Israel Heritage Room

The Chinese Room

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The Czechoslovak Room

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Adela Smehlik (L) of Buffalo, Spanish major, and Sarah Boorboor (R) of New Jersey, Political Science and Non Fiction Writing major, wait for their Art of the Essay class to start at the Hungarian room at the Cathedral of Learning, University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on Wednesday, April 2, 2014.

All 29 of these Nationality Rooms were made to be functional classrooms and had blackboards installed some how. I spoke with a few students and they all have their own favourite rooms which they prefer to have their classes in.

Being in there made me excited and want to be in school again. If you have a chance to visit Pittsburgh, check out this building.

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Photos by Justin Chin

WINDSOR, Ont. (31/03/2014) — A woman walks on the Riverfront Trail in Windsor, Ont. against the Detroit skyline on Monday, March 31, 2014. Photo by Justin Chin

WINDSOR, Ont. (31/03/2014) — A woman walks on the Riverfront Trail in Windsor, Ont. against the Detroit skyline on Monday, March 31, 2014. Photo by Justin Chin

Personal Note: The end of a chapter

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Hannah and Sarah (pictured above) are two of many friends I made in the last two years at Loyalist College’s photojournalism program.

Thinking back to the time when I first came to Loyalist, I was both nervous and excited. I applied to the program not knowing what to expect. And now the two years is over, I am going through quite a lot of different emotions.

Throughout these two years, I took away not just the knowledge from the courses, but also some life-long friends, wisdoms from the teachers and memories that I will never forget.

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Sarah (L) and Hannah is pictured during the drive to Presqu’ile Provincial Park in Brighton, Ont.

There’s a lot I could say, really, about what I have experienced, but I think I will highlight what I will miss the most — scrambling to shoot something so I could hand in for my assignments, playing with strobes at the studio, trying to see what Bill shot at the back of his camera during lighting classes, shooting something last minute that’s good enough for Doug, lining up outside the gear room, making it through some of Frank’s jokes and many more, oh, definitely Bill’s laughter and the times of growth with my friends.

What I gone through and learned during the time at Loyalist will benefit and have a huge influence of who I am and how I think, also how I see life and the journey ahead.

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Sunset at Presqu’ile Provincial Park in Brighton, Ont.

Now is time to turn the page and start a new chapter.

Thank you to my friends who have tolerated me for so long. It is my pleasure knowing you all.

You all should check out Hannah and Sarah’s work at hannahyoon.com and sarahrtaylor.com

Photos by Justin Chin

BELLEVILLE, Ont. (12/03/2014) — Farzana Wahidy, the first female Afghan photojournalist to work for a wire service and a graduate of the Photojournalism program at Loyalist College, shows and speaks about her work to current photojournalism students at Alumni Hall, Loyalist College in Belleville, Ont. on Wednesday, March 12, 2014. Photo by Justin Chin

BELLEVILLE, Ont. (12/03/2014) — Farzana Wahidy, the first female Afghan photojournalist to work for a wire service and a graduate of the Photojournalism program at Loyalist College, shows and speaks about her work to current photojournalism students at Alumni Hall, Loyalist College in Belleville, Ont. on Wednesday, March 12, 2014. Photo by Justin Chin

BELLEVILLE, Ont. (05/03/2014) — Canada Post letter carrier Marilyn Black, 46, walks her route Wednesday, March 5, 2014 in Belleville, Ont. She has been delivering mails for 26 years which started off as a summer job. She walks around 15 kilometres each day. With the recent reform proposed by the Canada Post to stop door-to-door mail delivery and replace by community mailboxes, around half of the 31 letter carriers in Belleville would be out of a job. Black said she isn’t sure what’s going to happen to her job. She said mail volume has not been decreasing through the time she has been working for Canada Post so she isn’t sure the reasoning behind the proposed reform. Photo by Justin Chin

BELLEVILLE, Ont. (05/03/2014) — Canada Post letter carrier Marilyn Black, 46, walks her route Wednesday, March 5, 2014 in Belleville, Ont. She has been delivering mails for 26 years which started off as a summer job. She walks around 15 kilometres each day. With the recent reform proposed by the Canada Post to stop door-to-door mail delivery and replace by community mailboxes, around half of the 31 letter carriers in Belleville would be out of a job. Black said she isn’t sure what’s going to happen to her job. She said mail volume has not been decreasing through the time she has been working for Canada Post so she isn’t sure the reasoning behind the proposed reform. Photo by Justin Chin

NAPANEE, Ont. (23/02/2014) — People participate at a curling bonspiel fundraiser event at the Napanee Curling Club in Napanee, Ont. Sunday, Feb. 23, 2014. The fundraiser is to help raise money for a new youth centre serving the Napanee community. Photos by JUSTIN CHIN

Sebastian, 4, and Ignatius, 2. Brothers, my nephews. Oakville, Ont. Feb 16, 2014.
Photos by Justin Chin. Shot with hipstamatic + iphone5s

Sebastian, 4, and Ignatius, 2. Brothers, my nephews. Oakville, Ont. Feb 16, 2014.

Photos by Justin Chin. Shot with hipstamatic + iphone5s

GATINEAU, Que. (08/02/2014) — A girl is being pushed by her dad on a kicksled at the Winterlude’s Snowflake Kingdom in Jacques-Cartier Park, Gatineau, Que. Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. Photo by Justin Chin

GATINEAU, Que. (08/02/2014) — A girl is being pushed by her dad on a kicksled at the Winterlude’s Snowflake Kingdom in Jacques-Cartier Park, Gatineau, Que. Saturday, Feb. 8, 2014. Photo by Justin Chin

Djeneba Ballo, 27, poses for a portrait in Belleville, Ont. Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. She immigrated to Canada from Ivory Coast two months ago to reunite with her husband. Photo by Justin Chin

This was shot as an assignment for school. The assignment was to photograph a new Canadian.

Djeneba Ballo, 27, poses for a portrait in Belleville, Ont. Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014. She immigrated to Canada from Ivory Coast two months ago to reunite with her husband. Photo by Justin Chin

This was shot as an assignment for school. The assignment was to photograph a new Canadian.

A man takes a photo at a multi-vehicle pileup on Hwy. 401 westbound between Glen Miller Road and Wallbridge-Loyalist Road near Trenton, Ont. on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. The OPP said via twitter that the accident is stretched over one kilometre long. Unknown amount of injuries at this time. Photo by Justin Chin

A man takes a photo at a multi-vehicle pileup on Hwy. 401 westbound between Glen Miller Road and Wallbridge-Loyalist Road near Trenton, Ont. on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. The OPP said via twitter that the accident is stretched over one kilometre long. Unknown amount of injuries at this time. Photo by Justin Chin

Rescue workers at the scene of a multi-vehicle pileup on Hwy. 401 westbound between Glen Miller Road and Wallbridge-Loyalist Road near Trenton, Ont. on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014. The OPP said via twitter that the accident is stretched over one kilometre. Unknown amount of injuries at this time. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Chin

A couple kisses in an alleyway in Ottawa, Ont. on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. Photo by Justin Chin

A couple kisses in an alleyway in Ottawa, Ont. on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014. Photo by Justin Chin

Billie the dog marches with around 2,000 people on the downtown streets in Ottawa, Ont. on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 in support of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers. They were protesting against the Canada Post’s decision to stop door-to-door mail delivery, the only country among the G8 nations. Photo by Justin Chin

Billie the dog marches with around 2,000 people on the downtown streets in Ottawa, Ont. on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 in support of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers. They were protesting against the Canada Post’s decision to stop door-to-door mail delivery, the only country among the G8 nations. Photo by Justin Chin

Around 2,000 people gather outside the Prime Minster’s Office after marching in the downtown streets of Ottawa, Ont. on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 in support of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers. They were protesting against the Canada Post’s decision to stop door-to-door mail delivery, the only country to do so among the G8 nations. Photo by Justin Chin

Around 2,000 people gather outside the Prime Minster’s Office after marching in the downtown streets of Ottawa, Ont. on Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014 in support of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers. They were protesting against the Canada Post’s decision to stop door-to-door mail delivery, the only country to do so among the G8 nations. Photo by Justin Chin