Friday, May 31, 2013

An Adventure on Uncharted Lives in Canada

By Chloe Jang
By Chloe Jang, Humber Student

Are you a tenderfoot in Canada?
And are you also new at Humber?
If you are, then we are friends for the just simple reason that we are here together!

My name is Chloe, an international student from South Korea. I came to Toronto 5 months ago with my husband Dan and lovely two cats. After arriving here, I have studied English at a Humber EAP program until last April, and now I am preparing for the Human Resources Management program starting this September.

The most important reason why I chose to come to here is that I really love Canada’s natural environment. Ever since I watched Canadian luxuriant forests, crystal lakes, the wide spaces of its prairies, and even wild animals on TV when I was young, I have fallen in love with Canada. So, I started to prepare going to Canada with Dan once I got married to him.

Living in Canada is a very exciting and adventurous experience for me, and also makes me feel satisfied with all that I expected. Nowadays I usually go to parks in my neighborhood to take a walk, get fresh air, as well as enjoy its amazing mood. I had never imagined that I could walk with a rabbit or a bird as a friend along the beautiful street, but now, I became friends with them! From June, I am planning to learn how to paddle a kayak at the Habourfront, and then I will go somewhere by myself to enjoy a peaceful and secluded area. Also, I am dreaming about going to the Rocky Mountains in 10 years with my family (of course including my cats!), driving our own camping car. How wonderful it is!

I have experienced a number of things such as being respected and recognized as me, myself, not as a stranger and an outsider, which makes me attracted to Canada and Humber as well. I am looking forward to having a lot of experiences ahead of me, even though I don’t know what and when they will come.

Do you think here you are a stranger apart from natives? I believe I could share my stories and feelings with you as a friend, a colleague, or a sister who has the same concerns you have had. My stories in this blog are maybe becoming your stories and sometimes your guide of choices, I hope. 

Coming in my next blog, I would like to tell you how the Humber EAP program was and suggest you how you can improve your English beyond the campus.