A New Perspective

I love living in North Bay. I love everything about this city, I’ve been so lucky to pick a school that is as awesome and accommodating as Nipissing U. But you know what absolutely freaks me out? The fact that in less than four months I’m going to have to leave this beautiful, scenic city for the raging, industrialized city of Hamilton.

The past four months have been the most unique, life changing and liberating months of my life. Not only have I learned to cook a variety of meals on my own (my mom is legit so proud) but I’ve also been able to live on my own successfully. I know I’ve struggled a bit with my anxiety and controlling my stress level but I’ve been able to be successful.

I feel pretty lucky to have gone so far away for my post-secondary schooling. Out of my graduating class of 200 people, me and another girl were the only ones who left our comfort zone and traveled 100s of kilometers away. Don’t get me wrong, I can’t wait to go home to my friends, family and boyfriend to brag about how awesome my university experience has been this far.

Personally, I know that university is a very stressful part of growing up. But I think it’s a much-needed experience every 18,19,20-year-old has to experience in order to grow up. By coming here I’ve learned so much about myself as a person and how to be independent – whether it be by doing assignments and handing them in on time, or going grocery shopping, or even house hunting for places to live next year. All of these components have allowed me to grow and continue my growth.

Reflecting on the fact that I have been at Nipissing U for four months and that I only have a little less than four months left is a sad but moving experience. I know that every year will be a different experience filled with different adventures, and I can’t wait to see what the future holds in store for me!Here’s to all the memories to come in the future!

– Casey