“The secret of getting ahead is getting started”
Due to the fast pace of the world development, globalization spreading with the speed of light, countries are getting more and more integrated and connected on all levels. This is the time when people are to decide whom and where they would like to become considering a huge variety of tempting offers across the world.
That is being said, our world is extremely diversified, more than ever it was…and it was merely possible for me to reject the opportunity of studying abroad and trying myself in a new role.
As you may have understood the story will reflect my journey in Canada, Toronto.
“We all make choices, but in the end, our choices make us”
Here the story takes us back to 2012 when it occurred to me to become a lucky participant of “Work and Travel” summer exchange student program initiative provided by U.S. government. Not to mention, it cost me almost a year to persuade my parents that it is safe and smart decision to have such experience and who would have known then – it will end up this way. (I would like to express my great appreciation to my most important people in the world – my parents, for their constant support and faith)
Very quickly I turned up from a boy with dreams to a mature grown up person who can take care of his own life. While my fellow mates were sunbathing and chilling out, considering this initiative scary and aimless, I was working really hard somewhere in Tennessee, Kentucky or Alabama, earned my first “serious” money, got invaluable life experience which would be helpful years ahead and, most importantly, I’ve got a vision of where I want to be in a couple of years.
When I came back from my relatively small three months’ trip, I actually felt that there is not enough space for me to grow. Two facts were taken into consideration: future political and economic stability (unfortunately, both lacking in my home country Ukraine) and great desire to travel and to live in another country. Apparently, only dreaming is not an effective tactic to employ, because if you do nothing – nothing happens.
“Not to be absolutely certain is, I think, one of the essential things in rationality”
Keeping in mind that I want to go “somewhere” and do “something” I’ve started thorough research to come up with several ideas and see how it goes. Moving to another country is a huge and costly step, that is why it is highly recommended to assess all possible risks and take a look at this case from different angles. After a couple of months of thinking, dreaming, consulting, attending different kinds of fairs who offered the opportunity to study abroad, it seemed to me more and more clear that my choice will lean towards Canada.
Long story short which benefits I’ve outlined for myself while evaluating Canada.
- Each year Canada is rated as one of the top 5 countries to live in
- One of the greatest economies in the world (G7 member)
- Education provided by Canadian institution ranked number 2 in 2015 among all other countries according to prosperity index .
- Canada offers free primary and secondary education and subsidized post-secondary studies and also spends more on education than any industrialized nation.
- Huge country – huge potential.
- Personal freedom, society built on trust and respect.
- Canada encourages immigrants to retain their unique culture. Nowhere else is there such a diversity of cultures living happily together in a tolerant and peaceful society.
In my future postings, I’ll try to dig deeper into details and some interesting facts about Canada.
“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself”
The toughest part was to realize that there is no way back and I must leave my family and friends for an unknown period of time. The more time approached closer the more emotional burden intensified.
By all means, the point of no return was made on 30th of November, 2014 when I first stepped on Canadian ground slightly lost in the space-time dimension. I’ve landed in Toronto Pearson International Airport full of thoughts and energy to act. Close to the exit from the terminal I was picked by a driver who was supposed to deliver myself to the host family. It was a necessary step and quite interesting experience to live with an Ecuadorian family.
The next day after my arrival I was expected to show up in ILAC (International Language Academy of Canada) where I had an opportunity to improve my knowledge of English before going to the college, settle my minds and get adjusted to the new community.
On the 6th of January, 2015 I’ve started my postgraduate course in a college with prominent history and highly-qualified professors named by George Brown. I’ve been enrolled in Marketing Management – Financial Services program which appealed to me by all-encompassing course content and prospective future opportunities.
As a recent successful graduate, I’m fully satisfied and enjoyed my stay at the college. This is to prove the quality of education in Canada. Been there, tried it.
More details about Canadian education system and process I’ll try to describe in future.
To be continued…