Experiences and impressions along with the hardships
Hello, everyone, I am Evrim from Turkey. I am one of nine ''foreign correspondent'' of the Nova Scotia International Student Program. I am currently in Sydney, Nova Scotia and I will be spending the 2017-18 school year in Sydney at Sydney Academy. Sydney is a beautiful city in Cape Breton Island which is north of Nova Scotia. I have experienced being a boarding student before, however; being in a different country all by myself is a whole lot different experience for me. Personally, I believe this is something that every student must experience at least once in their lifetime. I am so happy to be given this opportunity to spend a year with people from different countries and cultures, and additionally, experience such a different environment. As I spend my time here, I want to inform you with where I stay, people I stay with, and the concept of being an international student in Canada.
My first two, three days in Canada was at a camp in Truro. As nine correspondents from different countries around the world, we had lectures of our duty here. Truro was a beautiful city and I managed to make some friends even though I have just arrived. We also had the chance to meet the ''Ambassadors'' who are chosen to help international students in each school.
After the Camp in Truro, everyone took a bus to their city, to their home. Safe to say, I feel lucky to have such great houseparents. They are helpful and caring to me and my Chinese host brother Leo.
I am attending to Sydney Academy. The school offers IB education along with the national program, which fits me perfectly because graduating from the IB program has always been my goal.
This school is a great one with a history full of success and wonderful students.
Now, as a Foreign Correspondent, the activities I do are as much important as my grades. This is why I try to be a social student and attend to activities, teams, and clubs. Here is a picture of me and another Foreign Correspondent before a soccer match. My school's official colors are blue and white so you can tell which one I am.
Hockey is one of the most popular sports here in Canada (maybe the most popular), and I've seen my first real-life hockey game here in Sydney. It was the home opener for Cape Breton Screaming Eagles which is the local team here in Cape Breton. They tied in the normal game duration but managed to come out on top through the end of the tie-breaker.
Even though hockey is a great sport and a whole lot of fun, I do not think I will ever be able to skate well enough to be able to play hockey.
I would like to talk about the city. Sydney is a harbor city with stunning land views and its amazing location. It is a bit small compared to my home city in Turkey but I do not have difficulty getting used to it since people are helpful, kind and friendly. There are people from every culture around the globe. For example, this statue of a fiddle is one of the representers of Irish and Gaelic Culture.
But the ''Fiddle'' is not the only thing that is worth to see around hear. Here are some beautiful views all around Sydney;