When I started this post it was at the end of my first week and I wrote “I did it! I survived the first week of the Explore Program. Surprising, I know! It is nice to be settled in after a week with a good schedule and several really good friends. Honestly, the first few days were ….” and that is as far as I got, so let’s give this another go.
I survived my first week and thought the worst is over! I am finally in a routine and I made some pretty great friends. The first few days were pretty rough. I had to make major changes to my lifestyle and I missed my family a lot but this was my adventure I had to finish. After the first few days, I settled down and had some fun. The first time I felt like this was a good decision was when I headed to Old Quebec for a delicious food adventure! We had poutine, candy, gelato and pastries. It was wonderful.
We also had the opportunity to take part in a few activities at the festival d’ete and meet some locals that took us to the hot spots of Quebec city. The opportunities were endless in this city from extreme water parks to hikes up the mountain, this was an adventure that would change my life.
I thought I had everything figured out and the second week would be smooth sailing, until I got a heart breaking phone call Monday night that Grand-mere Rose (Glen’s grandmother) had passed away. It shook me up for the second week just as much (if not more) than the first. I had a mourning family at home that I could not be with. It was the hardest situation I could ever face, Glen needed me more than ever but if I left I would be dropping the program and have to repay several thousand for my bursary. Thankfully, Glen had the opportunity to leave Newfoundland and be with his family and I made amazing friends here that distracted and comforted me when I needed it the most.
When you chose to study away from home, you forget that it isn’t always going to be easy. It never occurred to me that things could change at home while I would be away. And last week, I wished more than ever that I chose to do the Explore program at Saint-Annes or UdeM. That would be the easy way out, and not worth this life changing adventure.
What doesn’t kill you only makes you stronger.
Now I am starting my third week and counting the days until Glen gets here next Sunday. This is a brand new week with tons of opportunities and adventures and I can’t wait to become a stronger and better woman from this moment.
“Life is not easy for any of us. But what of that? We must have perseverance and, above all, confidence in ourselves. We must believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing, at whatever cost, must be attained.” ~ Marie Curie