My name is Floor Gaasbeek and I’m an International Student at Brescia University College with the Communications Department & the Registrar’s Office. I am 20 years old and am in my third year at Stenden University in the Netherlands studying Marketing. One of my projects is to write a blog about my experiences as an international student; I love to write, so I can kill two birds with one stone! My English won’t be perfect, but I’m busy learning!
I really wanted to go abroad for my studies to improve my English language skills and to open up new horizons. This is already one of the best choices I have made in my life! So, if you’re reading this right now, and you’re doubting about going abroad, go for it, really!
Let me tell you a little bit about my first experience at Brescia and with Canadian people. I’m from Holland, and people in Holland are nice and friendly,but now having been in Canada for over a month it’s incredible to be a part of the Canadian spirit. I don’t know if it’s just Brescia, but everyone is so nice here! The Canadian people are so friendly When I booked my flight to Toronto and then my bus to London, the first thing Brescia did was offer to pick me up at the bus station. That was so sweet, thank you Christina! Christina is an International Program Co-ordinator and she’s literally the sweetest person. You can call her anytime and she`ll be there for you. She told us she was an international student years ago, and that she started her program without an orientation week so she knows how we feel when we`re feeling alone or sad.
I came a couple days before the other international students arrived, and I really didn’t know what to do during the first couple days. There was a group of residence staff at Brescia and when they met me, they immediately invited me to come over and have some girl talk,which was so great! The next day, more international students arrived and we all had dinner with some really nice girls from the Bridging program. And of course, the rest of the people here are also very nice!
As you can see, I am really enjoying myself here at Brescia!
Stay tuned, I will be writing some new posts about Bridging and O-Week soon!