Now that my first year of university has come to a close, I wanted to reflect a little about the past eight months. I learned so much this year – not just academically, but also about myself, my friends, and what’s in store for the future.

I feel like I changed a lot this past year. I discovered new music, watched new TV shows (a LOT of new TV shows…. oops!), tried new foods, got some new clothes, and made some amazing new friends. I went in not knowing anything about Victoria except for a general idea of what was downtown, and I’m leaving with the ability to get around by bus, for the most part.

This year wasn’t all sunshine, rainbows and unicorns. I learned just how important my family is to me when I was first left alone here. I found out that not everyone has good, strong morals after my bike was stolen. And I discovered that writing a 2000 word essay the night before it is due will probably not produce a satisfactory grade (but I did pass – I promise!). Most of all, I realized that home-cooked food is the most amazing thing in the world, because after eight months of eating unhealthy cafeteria food sometimes all I wanted was a bowl of my Granny’s spaghetti.

I’m so happy that I got the chance to have this experience. I not only grew as a student and a flute player, but I learned how to be independent, and I met some of the most amazing friends I’ve ever had. While I’ll never be able to experience first year university again, I can’t wait for next year and the new challenges that it will bring. Thank you to each and every one of you that I met this year, for you made this what I do not hesitate to call the best year of my life (so far!).

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