My name is Alyssa, I’m 22 years old, and I recently graduated from The University of Toronto Mississauga *WooHoo #UofTClassOf2017*. Originally I created this site for a blogging class I was in, but since I finally have some free time on my hands I figured it might be the best time for me to write something that isn’t for an assignment.
Although I’ve kept most of the posts and other aspects of the site the same, I decided to change the theme a little bit to reflect more of my general everyday thoughts rather than focusing solely on what it’s been like transitioning to Canada. After all, I have officially been here for four years now!
So, where exactly am I from? Well…I’m from a tiiiiny 37-square mile island in the Caribbean called St. Maarten.
(P.S. It’s that tiny white speck in the middle of the ocean)
I moved to Canada in September of 2013 to attend UTM, and as my older posts depict there were definitely some international student “struggles”.
Not only did I move to a different country, I moved to a country that actually functions. Meaning it has seasons, laws, lots of people, highways, shopping malls, chain restaurants… You get the point. The bottom line is that I really had no idea what exactly I was getting myself into. I mean adjusting to a new country is hard enough as it is, but I didn’t think that I would be too different from everyone else that lived here. Clearly, this is where I was wrong. Life in Canada is sooooo different from life back home!
It has been a roller coaster of emotions from first year to my last year. One of the toughest parts about living in Canada, is that my family is back home. I am such a family person. I love my family more than anything else in this world!!
Another more obvious change was having to deal with Canadian weather. Since I go home for the summer and any other time off from school, I’m only ever in Canada during the fall and winter…
I go from having days like this…
…to having days like this…
It has been super tough, but I have to say that so far, aside from winter, distance and the other things I’ve decided to talk about on this blog, moving to Canada has been the best decision I’ve ever made and I’m excited to see where life takes me! Now that I’m done school it’s time for me to jump head first into the real world.
– Alyssa B.