Thursday, 20 September 2007

A Whole New World


I’m 7,916 miles from Home – practically half-way around the world – and it’s a whole new world here. Sometimes, sitting in my room and looking out the window, what I see – the now-yellowing trees, the neat rows of houses, the conspicuous absence of cows wandering the streets – becomes strange in my eyes and I hear them screaming at me “This is CANADA!!! You are in Canada now!” For a moment, I panic and I can’t remember how I got here or how I’ll get back … and then it all comes rushing back to me …
Packing my entire life before this into three bags that I could just about carry by myself, crying a little as I said bye to my puppy, smiling as I said bye to my parents, 21 hours on the plane, 26 on the train ... it all comes rushing back and it sits like a huge weight on my shoulders. It’s a big trip I made. A big leap of faith … but I’m ok – a little shaken, but ok …
Slowly, the panic fades and I turn back to the task at hand, to the life I’ve so easily made here …
I guess I’m a Mountie now. I have the badge, I have the sweatshirt, I practically inhaled a giant bucket of ice cream at the Mount Alympics, but most importantly, I have this feeling. I feel the promise of next four years – how full and exciting and completely worth it they’ll be. I feel the midterms and the friendships, the 8:30 – 5:20 days and the warm Saturday mornings still in bed at 10:00. I feel my first, freezing winter in Canada and my breathless awe when I step outside and the all the trees – not just one or two – are red and orange and yellow and my picture of undergrad life in the West is proved correct. I feel my hopefully avoidable freshman-15 and my hunger for chapattis and dal. Most of all, I’m just happy. I’m happy in an overwhelmed, I-can’t-quite-comprehend-it, kind of way. It’s exciting – and I know I’m ready for it.
I have every reason to believe that I made a good choice. I have every reason to believe that I will grow to love this school, this tiny town as much as all that I left behind me.