The most meaningful year is the first one, it provides the very foundation of your academic journey. From the moment you begin to meet new people, surrounded by an entirely new environment, you are immediately overwhelmed with excitement. It is scary to make that kind of change in your life, leaving your family, friends, and everything behind, but the potential for opportunity and the experiences makes it completely worth it. It teaches you so many things, not only academically but personally, too! At Acsenda, I learned about Canadian traditions and values, including indigenous rights and environmental responsibility. It is this holistic understanding that opens your eyes, providing the necessary tools to grow and succeed in a new country.