My study abroad journey in Canada
Nicole Artigas is a Filipino studying business administration at Centennial College Canada. This is her study abroad story.
All of us have a dream. Something that we aspire to have or someone we want to be. For me, I had two -- the first is to be a successful surgeon someday and the other is to manage my family’s Agrivet business.
Torn between the two, I decided to give my first dream a shot by studying Medical Technology at Cebu Doctors University. However, after one semester, I came to realize how passionate I was about business, and so there goes the start of my international journey!
Why Abroad and Why Canada?
I chose Canada as the pathway in achieving my international studies because I find this country very suitable for both learning and living. Moreover, I have relatives living here and from what I have observed, they also enjoyed the lifestyle in this country; thus it made me inspired to pursue my studies here.
I understand that leaving home to go to a country very new to me would be quite challenging, but I have always been the type of person who was willing to take risks and step out of my comfort zone. I also knew that studying abroad would help me get opportunities and acquire more skills that could help me hone my passion on a global scale. More than that, I believe that studying abroad would help me practice more of my independence and decision-making skills for the future.
As daunting as it seems, I did not feel alone in this whole process. Aside from my relatives who helped me quickly adapted to the lifestyle and culture of the country, I had IDP who accommodated all my needs before I embarked on my journey.
My Study Abroad Experience with IDP
Ever since high school, I already heard a lot about being an international student. My relative, who is also an international student in Australia referred IDP to me and from then on, I started the whole international student journey with them.
I am grateful to the whole team for being so accommodating to me – giving me all the assistance, advice, help, and for making this dream of mine come true! When I received a confirmation that my visa application was granted, I couldn’t contain my happiness. Taking up a business management course at Centennial College in Canada has been, by far, the greatest decision I made in my entire life, and I would like to thank IDP for embarking on this journey with me.
My Study Abroad Experience in Canada
I never really imagined that I would go on this adventure in the middle of the pandemic, but I thank the Lord for this opportunity and for guiding me throughout this journey. So far, I have been enjoying my life here in Canada. I was able to quickly adjust to this country and adapt to their lifestyle. It only took me a few months to fall in love with this country. My journey may not be the usual one, but it surely was an exciting one - moving into Canada and starting my life here in the middle of a global crisis.
Learning is truly a lifelong process, and so far, I’ve been enjoying my international study experience despite me being in full-online classes for two semesters now. How are the lessons, you may ask? They are superb! I am enjoying every second of it. The 13-week duration of my courses seems like just a week to me. In these challenging times, I realized that opportunities only come once in a lifetime, and I want to make use of this opportunity given to me to focus on improving myself. This privilege has been a blessing to me, especially since it happened during the COVID-19 pandemic, and I plan to make the best out of it. I plan to continue my studies here in Canada once I complete my current program. This pandemic made me reflect on myself, and since I was able to pursue my passions now as a business major, I plan to build on what I started back in the Philippines and pursue something medical-related in I the future.