When you think about going abroad to study, the first thing you need to care about is how to get to your destination. On my way to British Columbia, I was met with various challenges that became memorable experiences later.
After receiving an acceptance letter from my school in BC, I had a few weeks of worrying while I waited for my study permit approval. But when I was holding my passport with a new visa to Canada in it, I knew that worrying meant I was getting closer to my dream.
My flight to Vancouver was more than 15 hours long. Even though the trip was fatiguing, during the whole flight, I was excited to get to BC, a place I had never been before. When the plane was making its descent, I could not take my eyes off the stunning views of my new home.
My biggest challenge was the two-week isolation period. (I arrived in Canada in 2021 during a high point in the pandemic.) Looking through my apartment window at the life going on outside and being unable to go out for 14 days was really tough. I spent that time getting used to a different time zone and practicing my hobbies. And when the time finally came, and I could stop my self-isolation, I felt like I was opening the door to a new chapter full of adventure.