ONE WEEK AND COUNTING...
Ask me how I am doing? -_- This is officially my first post from a new country and I am surrounded by people I hardly know. So how do I feel coming to a new country? Its been a terrific experience. This is something I have never done in my entire life. I had a lot of expectations though, that my life might get better once I move and that maybe I can stand on my own and start a new life where I hardly spend any time to think. The reality is that life in Canada as a student is a real struggle. If you are from a rich family who can take care of your expenses and the college/university fee, you are in the right place. You have access to everything and you are going to have the time of your life. On the other hand, if you are from an average family you are going to struggle to make ends meet. I belong to the second category. My dad ran into debt because of me. I realized a couple of things after landing here, Firstly, I learned that I have to survive the day with cheapest of the cheapest foods available here which costs hardly a $ or 2. secondly, my college program begins on January and it turns out, all those program that starts on January will be fast track which means I don't get summer or winter vacations to work full time and make money to pay my next semester fee. The life here is completely different from the ones I have experienced. I lived in Dubai for a long time and not even once did I feel that life is hard there. It is probably because I had my parents who supported me and took care of my expenses. Life ain't all sunshine and rainbows and I sort of understand why I was sent here. It isn't easy here and I know I am going to struggle a lot day and night to manage my studies and make a living here. I haven't had a proper meal ever since the day I came here. I lost weight and I feel miserable at times. Its like I am in a beautiful magical place with lots of delicious food, fashion and luxury to offer but I cannot touch or use them because I am surrounded by this glass cage which prevents me from accessing any of those things. If only I could break free from this cage..... I might sound like I am crazy but this is how I feel.
I was hoping that my life would get better here. But hey, lets think about the positive side. I am going to get a Canadian degree and who knows after all these struggle, what if I get a better life?? My dad always said "There is always a light at the end of the tunnel". Nothing comes to us easy. So I want to believe that everything I am going to go through right now is for a better future. As far as I know, my 2 years of college life is going to be real tough. I might have to work day and night to make ends meet. I hope that I will be able to make enough money to pay my college fee even if it means I have to work day and night. I hope that I do not give up half way. I am still new here and I have a lot of things I need to catch up on. Rules and regulations here are all Greek to me. Honestly I do regret my decision to study in Canada. But again, life isn't all roses so, hopefully I get adjusted to everything soon.
For those of you, who are trying to go abroad and study, please make sure that you guys have a backup because getting a degree abroad will cost you a fortune and if you are from an average family, its better to think twice before you make this major decision because if you have lived a better life in your home country, you would probably regret going abroad. You will have to sometimes manage with one meal a day and spend less outside so that you can save up for paying your college fee. You should be willing to stay in a dirty or less spacious room because you don't want to spend too much money on rent. You should be willing to give up on your "3 meals a day" plan, work day and night and manage your studies all at once. If you are not willing to give up a lot of things you loved doing before, you might have to reconsider your decision. Minimal lifestyle is the key here. You will be always busy and you are always running around. There is more to it and I tell you, the struggle is real and I am facing it now. It may not be the same for everyone , but from what I have seen and what I have been told, its not going to be a beautiful experience.