International Student

8 things you can relate to when you are an international student

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VISA STRUGGLE

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One thing most international students can relate to is the visa struggle. Getting your documents ready and up to date before school starts can be a hassle especially if the processing time is long.

 

WEATHER

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No matter how much research you do, you will NEVER, EVER be able to truly anticipate the weather, especially if it’s your first in the country.

 

WHERE ARE YOU FROM?

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As an international student, this is a question I’d probably answer at least twice a week and even more during frosh week. The conversion usually goes like this, nice accent, where are you from? Arghh, sis it not that nice of an accent and its sounds exactly like yours. Stop being nosy and mind ya business.  If I didn’t bring it up, don’t ask about it. Then some people follow up with “your English is so good, when did you move here?” WHAT..,

 

LONELY LONG WEEKENDS

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Now it suddenly dawns on you that you are truly alone in this country and your other international student friends become your family.

 

I’M NOT RICH

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People think you are either some kind of millionaire or some sponsored 3rd world child.Nothing wrong with either of those options, but some of us out here are regular, and we do have money it’s our parents. We have nothing!

 

UNOFFICIAL AMBASSADOR

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Understanding that your identity can either rooted in your nationality or race and so many international students face are unofficial ambassadors for their country.

Everyone thinks you will never move back home.

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So you are staying here forever then? I will leave when I feel like it

lamide ilori

Oamidé ilori is a 2nd-year student at Mcmaster University currently studying human behavior. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, watching Netflix and listening to podcasts on pop culture and celebrity gossip.