It has been exactly one month since I arrived in Prince Edward Island, Canada. My original plan was to post something here at least once a week, but I’ve been to busy to sit down and do that so I’m going to try to do that now.
The Canadian flag we received at the International Student Orientation.
- Move-In Day
I managed to settle in really well that day. It was also really tiring for Mom and I because we still had to buy so many things. We applied for an account at the bank and went to Walmart and the Dollar Store with Mom still managing to go check out the Farmer’s Market for a bit. I also met my roommate, Robyn, who I am getting along with so well! We’re really good friends with our ‘bathroommates’, Danielle and Karen, too.
- New Student Orientation
That night was also when we met our Orientation teams for the first time (I was on the Orange Team). We all went to the turf field for Play Fair which was so much fun! It was my favorite part of the NSO. We got to interact with pretty much every first year in the most amusing ways. It was a great way to kick off Orientation Week.
We had a lot of different activities that week but it was hard lugging my camera around to every event so I never got to take pictures. I don’t think I even remember most of them. We did have a Screen on the Green, where we watched Despicable Me out on the Residence Field.
And Drew Dudley came over and gave such an inspirational talk. I learned so much and it made me so motivated to start the school year with the right attitude.
There was also Shinerama, which was held on the last day, which was a fundraising even to support research that will help fight cystic fibrosis. We went out into the streets of Charlottetown in the freezing cold and rain and tried to get donations from passersby and the cars stopping at the corners. I thought it was a lot of fun but I couldn’t stay there for so long.
- First Week of Classes
I met all my professors within the first week. The classes I enrolled in for this semester were: Introduction to Shakespeare, Introduction to Literature, Survey of Literature from the Beginnings to 1785, Survey of Literature from 1785 to Present, and Inquiry Studies (I originally enrolled for Classical Mythology, but I dropped it after the first class. It wasn’t for me).
- First downtown trip with Robyn, Danielle, and Karen.
Us roommates decided to go downtown on our first friday together. We took a bus and got off at the Confederation Centre of the Arts. We visited the comic bookstore and the post office then had dinner at Brit’s Fish and Chips. I ordered the Fish Burger with Onion Rings, which were more like doughnuts, to be honest. They where massive!
My dinner! A fish burger and onion rings.
The four of us at Brit’s Fish and Chips.
1. Do not hate them for it. They are on a journey too. 2. Understand that sometimes you will be a bandage caressing a temporary wound or you will be a pinnacle of permanency rooted deeply in their heart. Accept that you do this to people too. 3. Do not step on your feet trying to find a rhythm you are not meant to follow. 4. Do not let it harden you: continue to nurture, continue to love. 5. People use words as anchors to latch onto bits of you and when they leave remind yourself that the sea never bled itself dry because a ship left it. 6. Write the nastiest letter and burn it. 7. Yes, they may have illuminated pieces of you that you were unaware existed. But now you do and they are not the last person to remind you. 8. Dizzy yourself with everything you love, like dancing in the greenhouse to horrid pop songs or reading Haruki Murakami. 9. Set all that anger ablaze, you are wasting your time sifting through it. 10. Internalize the fact that you were still breathing before you met them. 11. Forgive them.
what to do when people leave.