Life at Canada at first glances

Life at Canada at first glances

By Nguyen Trung Tu, Grade 12, Governor Simcoe Secondary School, St.Catharines

Nguyen Trung Tu, CIS Alumni, Grade 12, Governor Simcoe Secondary School, St.Catharines

Hello to current CIS students. Have you ever thought about study abroad at Grade 12? If you thought about going to Canada like me, then I can tell you that it’s an excellent choice.

I am studying Grade 12 at the city of St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada at the moment. First thing that you must remember when studying abroad at this maple-leaf country is: you have to be as independent as you can be. This means you have to be able to take care of yourself, which includes being able to cook, being able to organize yourself and above all, be adaptive. You are going to live with a nice host family, who are very experienced in taking care of international students, but keep in mind that they will not feed you like your mom does. If you do not feel intimidated, you are close to ready!

Next is the school and the study program. Aside from the language barrier which some of us must overcome, there is not really a difference between Canadian students and the CIS students that came here. Since everyone is enrolled in the DSBN program, the native students do not necessarily have an advantage over you or vice versa. Myself, I am in Governor Simcoe Secondary School, a very good school that I would recommend to anyone.

Everything at my current school is high-tech and well-equipped with a strong focus in the interaction between technology and education. The teachers are very friendly and helpful who will aid you every time you need help and do not seem to hesitate. Very kind and easy to be friend with, the native students will help you to get along with school life and social life. Just imagine High School Musical, and you will get a similar picture of Governor Simcoe.

Another notice: the first generation of CIS students who also studied Grade 12 at Governor Simcoe had successfully achieved many excellent results in the race to university in 2013. That means as their “juniors”, we will have to try our best to catch up with them.

All in all, by the time you get used to living in Canada, it will be a wonderful experience. It is a great place to be once you get used to the rhyme and rhythm. I hope you get a general understanding of Canada after reading this review.

Last words: It’s going to get cold. Beware! Canada’s winter will be a real challenge for us “tropical dealers”!