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School of Continuing Studies | University of Toronto

The Best Decision of My Life

Last November, I decided to come to the University of Toronto by myself, and it was one of the best decisions I have made. I was in my second year of university in Korea, and I was worrying about my future: what job should I try to get, what do I really want, my situation, and parents’ expectations. By asking myself questions and listening to my inner voice, I thought that I wanted to have a new experience, one that might be a turning point in my life. Therefore, I asked my parents to send me to the University of Toronto.

I am having a priceless experience here in Toronto. Firstly, I have made a lot of good friends from all over the world. At first, I was afraid of making friends because of cultural difference and the language barrier. However, as I spent time here with others, that concern grew less and less. People are warm-hearted, fun, and smart. I think the best present that I got here is friends.

Secondly, the environment here is a good one to achieve my dream. Every instructor is willing to help you. Also, there are lots of activities and volunteer opportunities that you can do. These are helpful not only for experience, but can also add to your resume for future university or job applications.

Lastly, being here is a great opportunity to grow mentally and to become independent. Doing things by oneself seems difficult at first. However, if we try to tackle one thing at a time, we will achieve lots of things and more than we thought. Sometimes, I think that the whole situation around me is like a dream. The situation that I am in now in is so precious that I do not want to waste time, and I want to make the most of this opportunity. It was really hard to follow my inner voice because there were a lot of things to consider. However, I do not regret my decision to be here, and I will try to keep following my inner voice.

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