Hello new and returning students! Welcome to another exciting, brand new term at CultureWorks. 2014 is just getting warmed up, my friends…because it can’t get much colder, can it! Ha! (Ok, bad joke. Too soon?)
I’d like to start the new year off with a wish. My wish is that all of you will embrace your first week, cherish it, and remember it, because these memories are golden! They only happen once guys. You are in Canada, studying at CultureWorks, and that’s super cool! So here’s 5 tips to make your life as an international student memorable. Believe me, I’ve lived abroad before. Some people look like they’re having the time of their lives, and other people look like their doing time. (Like, in jail!) The choice is yours!
5. Take a picture of something everyday.
Choose something that looks new or unusual to you, compared to life in your home country. Your friends, Canadian fashion, transportation, the food, sites, etc…These pictures will add up over time and will be a great reminder at how different, and how great, your experience was.
4. Think of your life in Canada like it’s an adventure.
It is! When you wake up, tell yourself that you have no idea what weird and wonderful things you’ll see and learn. Maybe you’ll try a new food. Maybe you’ll meet an odd bearded Canadian at a Tim Hortons who will tell you strange stories. Who knows! That’s the thrill of the ride!
3. Spice up your life.
If you feel your routine is getting dull, change things around. Take a different route to school. Visit a different area of Toronto, or London, or Ottawa. Explore a new area of campus, or even join a club. Just like a good curry, life is better with spice!
2. Meet people, make friends.
Honestly, the friends you make now will be with you for the rest of your lives. When you’re 80 years old, you’ll laugh together about the time one of you took the wrong bus and ended up in Montreal. Or the time you finished an exam and then passed out with your face in the middle of a pizza. You get the idea.
1. Ask questions.
This is my number one piece of advice. Your teachers, your student services co-ordinators, your cafeteria workers, your neighbours, your homestay parents…these are all people who hold the key. When you ask, you learn, and you will learn so much from the people around you. And you know what? They want to help!
I’m jealous of all of you, to be honest. I want to feel that *new* feeling again of living and travelling abroad. You know what? Forget it. I’m enrolling in CultureWorks. I’ll pretend I’m Russian and wear a big fur hat. See you in class!