Hi there! My name is Samantha, and I will be part of your first year blog squad this year. I am from Winnipeg, MB and I study music. (I play the harp, and no, I didn’t have to bring my own.)
I drove all the way from Winnipeg to get here, so after three days of driving it’s nice to not be sitting in a car all day. The drive out was tons of fun too, though. We stopped off in Moose Jaw and stayed in an adorable bed & breakfast – the building was 103 years old! There was a thunderstorm that night too, and I love a good prairie thunderstorm. We made a detour to Lake Louise too, and at this time of year the water is just gorgeous. If you’re an international student, I definitely recommend visiting Lake Louise at some point during your stay in Canada. Driving into Vancouver was ridiculous! It took three hours to get from Langley to downtown, and where I come from, that is FOREVER. But, we finally made it and took a walk along the beach. The sun was setting on the water, and there were buskers and hot dog stands and even a fire dancer… This is what Vancouver is to me. Gorgeous.
Actually moving into residence the next day was really easy! My parents and I got here early, so the lines just zipped along and I was unpacked within an hour or two. I can’t believe some of my neighbours, their rooms are already a total mess and they still aren’t unpacked.. and it’s only day one! My room is nice and organized, and I intend to keep it that way. Of course, around exam time that could change…
In the evening I met a ton of new people (who are all really nice, by the way) and had tons of fun doing a photo scavenger hunt. When I went to bed, I won’t lie, I felt pretty lonely. But the next morning, as soon as I stepped out of my room, someone asked me to go to breakfast with them and soon enough the loneliness disappeared. If you feel lonely, don’t worry, you aren’t alone – and there are tons of people around you who would love to just talk with you.
So far first year is looking FANTASTIC, and I can’t wait to go through it and share it with all of you!
Peace out – Samantha.