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June 2018

Don't say goodbye


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Finally, two years later, I graduated here, and the efforts of these two years have also paid off today, but this is also the time to say goodbye.
Two years ago, I came to Canada with excitement and tension. I don't know what challenges I will face, and I will gain something, but from the host family to the academic performance, it seems to be arranged, very smooth. So today I was able to graduate with a very high honor and am very happy to leave here.1CF9AD1521589692B87987C298C956C5.jpg
When it comes to parting, the most difficult part is to say goodbye to the parents of the host family. Over the past two years, I think I have become part of this family. They care and help each other like my family in Canada, so this The time of separation will be very difficult, because we don't know when we can meet again, so I cherish the last time with them, but time is fast, it is always fleeting, but fortunately we stay Give each other the best memories, these memories are priceless!CAAB3F8982369FC7C60E45D638AC527A.jpg
Parting is for a better reunion!I love here, I love all you guys, I love Canada!
---Allan Xiao

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The fun in April was great and full of smiles of joy.

The month of April was a fantastic month for me. Right at this time, I was able to participate in a trip to visit universities in Nova Scotia with Edunova program. The trip was about providing us knowledge and some experiences from the university students for us to learn and to have preparation before getting into university.

Our first destination on the trip was visiting Dalhousie University, one of the well-known university in Nova Scotia. It quite surprised me that the university had many other buildings in the city, the main building, the school of business, the school of technology, and also they have a library, which quite big, more than I expected.
Our first lab activity at Dalhousie chemistry lab

The next stop was visiting the University of King's College. The first thing that surprised me that it is located right next to Dalhousie. I also learned that the two universities have had a long co-operate connection to each other. Me, personally, describe the University as the Hogwarts of Nova Scotia.

After visiting Dalhousie and King's, we reach our next destination, The Mount Saint Vincent University. I learned a little bit about the history behind the foundation of the university. It was first built as an institution for women, but later after, it was open public for men and women. We did a scavenger hunt with other international students while doing it, it also a tour for us to discover what MSVU had. Although that my team was the last team to present, we were having lots of fun with the hunt.

After two trips to visit two University in Halifax, we headed back to the hotel and rest. The next day we went to one of the most famous University of Nova Scotia, the Saint Francis Xavier University. I was quite astonished when we took the tour around the University, it was huge, it has two football field, it has a really big pool. Visiting Saint Francis Xavier University was really fun, I realized why people called it is one of the best University, it is diverse, it has a huge facility, and also the way that the program that applies for each student of StFX to become a good student and a person in the community.

Right after we visit StFX University, we all on to a 4 hours ride to Cape Breton to visit Cape Breton University. When we arrived at there, we all don't want to get off the bus because we were too tired of the ride. CBU is a university that differs from other universities, and one thing that surprised me was the ratio of the class is 15 to 1, one of the lowest class ratio that I have ever seen, which by the way it's now a bad thing, the University has a great reputation to Canada. They also had a great view of the sea, which is one thing that I like about this University.

After a long day, we reached to our hotel and have a great nap. The following day was a pretty day, the morning sunrise wakes us up, we prepare our luggage, eat breakfast, full of energy and begin to continue our trip. We headed back to Halifax to visit our next College, the Nova Scotia Community College. NSCC has a lot of great facilities, for technology and engineer, they created an environment for students to experience, and practice their skills, and take the lessons what they realize about how it went wrong or what do we need to make it better or fix it. It is a great place for people to co-operate to learn from each other, and work together as a team and become gain more knowledge to prepare for the future.

On the final day of the trip, we went on a tour of two of the well-known Universities, Acadia University and Saint Mary University. Two of the Universities has a good reputation on them. At Acadia, we did another scavenger hunt with the group, I and my new international friends, all four of us were all felt excited and fun after having a long walk and finding lots of clues, and visiting a lot of places in Acadia.

After visiting Acadia, we went to Saint Mary University. The University itself looks very old and prestige. As for the final trip, we formed a group and do one final last scavenger hunt to know things around the University, the library, and other buildings. IMG_20180416_144226_HDR.jpgIMG_20180416_145516_HDR.jpgIMG_20180416_144232_HDR.jpgIMG_20180416_143933.jpgIMG_20180416_145802_HDR.jpgIMG_20180416_144005.jpg

For the last 3 days at Edunova program trip, I made lots of new friends. New experiences, and happier than ever. I'm very glad that I could have this one and only opportunity to join this trip, and thank you for Edunova for creating this program for us, you guys made us a trip of a lifetime.

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Achievement After This Whole Year

The time of the year is about to expire. What am I getting?

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In May, it will be a busy day for the students, because many activities will be selected in this month. On the one hand, we are going to complete a busy year of study, so this is a very appropriate time for us to show the whole year of achievement, on the other hand, as a 12th-grade student, the beginning of June also means that the end of the high school learning career, graduation promos, graduation ceremonies, and final exams will be held in the upcoming 30 days. May was very busy for us so that I didn't have the right time to finish my blog in May.
I think you must be very curious about me coming to Canada from the other side of the globe, and I’m about to graduate from here. What are my impressions and opinions about this place? What I want to say about this is that I’ve been very fulfilling this month. In a word, I'm just too busy! But I'm not busy preparing for a variety of exams or preparing for my final exam because I'm busy for things that I love(I didn't say I don't like to study).
I remember I mentioned in my previous blog, because of my passion for music, so I joined the school band, so May is the most important time for the band because we held our spring concert for 12th-grade student, this is also their graduation concert, because this is probably the last time I'll blow my saxophone at Millwood High, so I cherish this concert very much. I studied at Millwood High for two years. During the time, I participated in four large-scale concerts. I also played the Canadian national anthem on Remembrance Day. These will be very precious memories for me. This is also an embodiment of my active integration into Canadian culture. So here it is. At the end of the concert, our graduating students left this picture with our teacher:42306c30-65f6-11e8-b453-7fca3243709c.png
As a student who is also very fond of fine arts, I also actively participated in any art activities organized by the school. As an advanced art student, I attended the field trip held in the class. We visited the Nova Scotia design and The University of the Arts, and the Hall of Fame of Halifax, are very good experiences for a student who likes painting very much. This photo was us with our teacher were walking in downtown Halifax: DSC_0152.JPG
After the field trip, we also held a 2018 exhibition at the school. One of the things that I was very happy with was that I also received the first pot of life here. I sold my painting for the first time. I am so excited because there are so many people liked the artwork that I bought from China:DSC_0180.JPG
Because I knew I was about to leave here, I was always thinking that before I left, I always wanted to leave some imprints that belonged to me, or that I wanted to leave the culture of my home, so I spent a month, and a painting was left on one side wall of the school. I think this painting has a very important meaning both for me and for my school. Because the dragon is a symbol of justice, it means positive and firm belief. He is also a symbol of Chinese culture, so I chose to leave it here, which also expressed my gratitude for here.
Today is June 1st and I will leave here twenty-nine days later, leaving my place where I spent two years, so from now on I am very cherished every minute, but I know I am leaving only for the next reunion. So I will try my best to show the best of myself for the rest of the time!
Please also look forward to my last blog! thank you for reading!
----Allan Xiao from China

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