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March 2018

19th Birthday in Canada.

celebrating my birthday with my friends and family for the third time in Canada.

I could say it was one of my best days in my whole entire life. March 9th was my birthday. I never really cared about my birthday before because back home in Korea, it is still a big deal but we do not really celebrate as much as in Canada. I feel like I became more special in Canada. Nearly everybody in school made birthday wishes for me and was very happy for me just like it was their birthday. Some of my close friends gave me birthday presents that I would never be able to get in Korea. In Korea, we do not really share presents that much. Also my friends bought two big boxes of pizza and made a birthday party for me. I invited them in my house. We had pizza together, played ping-pong and pool, watched a comedy movie, had really fun talk and they sang happy birthday for me with the cake that my host parents got for me. I don't know how my host parents figured out that Oreo cakes are my favorite. I was so happy. It was the shortest day for me. I was also very busy that day because the next day of my birthday was the day I was going to Toronto with one of my friends to visit his uncle and have fun together. The flight ticket was the birthday present from my mom back in Korea. This birthday was more special for me because it was my 19th birthday which means I became an adult. I can't believe it. In one side, I am happy because I am free to do what I could not do when I was not an adult and I feel more mature. However in the other side, I feel sad because I feel like I am very old. My friends are like, 15 16 and oldest 17. They still have lots of time to enjoy their school-life. I wish I was like one or two years younger because I do not want to feel I am old. Though, really good thing about this was I could became an adult in Canada and celebrated with my friends. Of course I wish I could celebrate my first birthday being an adult with my friends and family back home in Korea. However I would not be as happy.
I am always so surprised with how people here celebrate birthdays for me and other people. In Korea, my birthdays were always same but here in Canada, they always do different and more and more interesting things for me on my birthdays. That is why I always agree with people that say Canada is one of the most friendly countries in the world. I became a different person. I used to just say "happy birthday" for my friends' birthdays but Now I celebrate my friends' birthdays just like they are mine. I organize great events for friends on their birthday and I am happier to celebrate for them. I think I became more Canadian.
I am extremely thankful for those people who celebrated my birthday for me and Canada that let me have this great experience.

- Chan Yoon-

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My "last" semester

second semester of grad year

all seasons in one day -1 °C

The time has flown so fast. I feel like the day when I first came to Canada in 2015 was just a week ago. I can't believe that 3 years have been passed. I think I feel like that because I was having such great time in Canada so that the time has flown very fast for me. ' Didn't I just start this new school year in Canada? I met all other foreign correspondents in the camp in Truro and had great time together like, yesterday.' The half of my last year in high school is gone. Despite the fact that I feel the time has gone too fast, I still have made lots of unforgettable memories. Although the weather was very cold, I was never lazy and always went out with my friends to hang out. And of course, I am ready to make more memories.

I was very busy in my first semester. I took a few courses that are very important for me to graduate. Lots of quiz, tests, assignments and homework. I had to put lots of time on things I had to get done. I never got really stressed thanks to the happiness, sense of accomplishments I feel after I get things done. I even felt happy doing them. Also, I love learning things so it was way easier to enjoy time in school than other students. Furthermore, I do not only learn things in the school, I started to continue learning Spanish by myself this semester. I learned Spanish back home in Korea but I stopped learning because I became a little bit lazy in learning and I had to learn English first. But since I got so much more comfortable with English, I started having time for learning other languages. Whenever I have free time, I watch some videos on Youtube to study Spanish. My goal was to get marks with 95 average. I guess I could not achieve but I still have good enough mark to enter universities here and I am really satisfied with my mark.

I expect my second semester to be better than the others because this is going to be my "last" semester. I chose courses that I don't have to put so much time on because I wanted to spend more time with my friends and host family. I am going to miss the school so much after I leave. School helped me get so much more comfortable with my English and adjust myself in Canadian culture. There are also lots of fun activities for grads in second semester such as prom, grad trips and graduation. I am very looking forward to those. Moreover, the weather is suppose to get warmer and better soon. I will be able to do things that I could not do because of the weather such as going to the beach, picnics, and lots of other outdoor activities. Canadian summer is the best season for me. It is not cold at all and also not too hot. I will start doing lots of activities and posting lots of photos and blogs. I hope I wrap up my last semester well and graduate without any problem.

-Written by Chan Yoon, Foreign Correspondent 2017-2018-

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