Transitioning to studying after years of working was tough. After immigrating to Canada and being unable to practice, it was more of a necessity for survival than a choice based on interest alone. It took me a while to slip into the reality of being a student from the lingering past of accomplishments and titles. In the beginning, it felt like studying for 10 months would be long and arduous. But as I look back today, my experience and accomplishments amount to so much more than I could have ever imagined. Being at U of T was incredible. The vibrant team of faculty and staff have been exceptionally compassionate, open-minded and understanding towards the students.
Last but not least, sharing a class with people from around the world with different backgrounds, nationalities and experiences has been wonderful. Working collaboratively, learning from each other and sharing successes has brought us all close together and fostered a real sense of community and comradery. After my experience in the program and at U of T, I feel a greater responsibility towards the community. My learning experience didn’t end within University walls – on the contrary, it went far beyond the boundaries of academia. If I could go back in time, I would do it all over again.