I am an international student from India at the University of Waterloo, Canada pursuing Mathematics Honors. It’s been almost 4 months since I came here, and it has been no less than a rollercoaster ride. Shifting to a new country, making new friends, handling everything on your own, it can be one hell of a task sometimes.
My Fall 2018 term in the University of Waterloo has been the start of a new chapter in my life. It has required me to become a lot more independent. I’m starting to learn how to manage my studies, extra-curricular activities, and social life all at the same time. Every day I spent in college during this first semester opened me up to whole new perspectives. It was such a big jump from the comfort zone that I had in high school.
The Frosh week was both nerve-wracking and exciting for me. Having come to Canada from India, I was building a new life in a new city with new friends. I was anxious as to how I would settle in but at the same time was eagerly awaiting the adventures I knew would lay ahead.
I’m the kind of person who doesn’t turn down any opportunities that are offered to me. So the countless societies, clubs, volunteering opportunities given to me during the first week of Orientation forced me to be picky and think about what to sign up for. I wanted to choose something that didn’t take up too much of my time so that I could give time to studying as well. I ended up becoming the floor representative of my residence, and a part of the Residence Council. Becoming a Floor Rep not only allowed me to help my fellow mates by representing their views and needs but also helped me make new ties.
By the first few days, I had made friends from my floor, other people from the building and a few after-class hangout groups. The combination of the classes I took, the people I got to meet, the events I attended, the experiences I went through, and the environment I was surrounded by just made it so unique and so different. A few weeks into the classes and lectures, I knew I had taken all the right courses for me, apart from Physics. That subject bounces off of my head every single lecture!
Other subjects, however, are going on a good pace. During this first month, I have learned a great deal about reflection. As the term is going by, I feel a sense of both exhaustion and relief. The term has been testing, but I made the most of my time and every opportunity that came my way.
That’s all for this term guys! See you next semester 🙂