Home away from Home

Home away from Home

Quang Minh, CIS Alumni, Central Technical High School, Toronto, Canada

It has been around about four months since I’ve left Saigon, my home, to go on a 10,000 mile adventure to Toronto, Canada. I was extremely anxious to see what Canada was like. On the very first day when I stepped off the airplane at Toronto’s Pearson International Pearson Airport, I actually felt like I was coming home!

Toronto is a beautiful city with such an amazing diversity. There are people from all over the world, literally from every single continent on this planet. After my arrival in Toronto, I enrolled at Central Technical High School to pursue my passion. I am currently in the Ontario Youth Apprenticeship Program taking automotive classes. On the very first day at “Central Tech”, I came to room 150S and was joined by a welcoming crowd. People started saying “Hi” to me right away.

 

Quang Minh, CIS Alumni, Central Technical High School, Toronto, Canada

I actually find life in Canada much more comfortable compared than in to Vietnam. I feel much more confident in an all English environment. So far during my time in Canada, I’ve never regretted making the choice of coming to Canada for my studies. I have teachers who just make going to school a completely different experience. I used to hate going to school, but now, I’m anxious to be in school. I want to embrace the knowledge and spend time with my awesome “Central Tech” family. My teacher Mr. Roman even invited me to spend Christmas with his family and it was a blast. I’ve learned a little bit about the Christmas traditions of the Slovak people. I have great friends who are teaching me about new cultures. They’ve taught new languages. and their own cultures. My friend, Adam Haddad is from Lebanon, the desert of the Middle East. He has taught me the etiquette of his people and a simple Arabic dialect.

All of my “awesome” experiences so far wouldn’t have happened if Ms. Sheryl Freeman did not see my potential and offer me the choice to study in Canada.