Chloe Smith
Manitoba to Quebec

As I boarded the plane, I remember feeling scared of the unknown that awaited me; three weeks away from my friends, my home, and my family seemed like forever. I had all these doubts: what if I don’t make any friends? What if the classes are too hard? What if the food is bad? Despite all of those fears, I still got on that plane. And, looking back, that was probably one of the best decisions I had ever made.

After a long day of travel, I got to my room...and I started to cry. I don’t know why, but I did — maybe because I was exhausted, or I missed my family, or maybe because it was so painfully hot (bring a fan!). Needless to say, I was pretty nervous and didn’t get very much sleep the first night.

It took me until the first day at orientation to realize something: everyone is in exactly the same situation as you are. Nobody knows anyone going in, aside from maybe one friend. Everyone is sitting alone, trying to meet people. My group at l’Université du Québec à Trois-Rivières was a pretty big one, around 76 people in all, so we broke up into about three groups. But it wasn’t a “these are the cool kids, and these are the losers”-type thing. For example, I was in a room with three other girls, none of whom were in my “group,” but we still got along great, and we would blast Justin Bieber and all talk together at night.

I met some of my best friends at Destination Clic, and I made some of my greatest memories there, too. It’s been exactly a year since my first tearful night at Destination Clic, but now, as I write this a year later, I am sitting in my own room crying over how much I miss it. People who had been to Destination Clic before me would always tell me “it’s amazing, you have to go!” and I never understood why they made such a fuss about it. But now I do. Honestly, you may be deathly afraid to get on that plane and say goodbye to home for three weeks, but really, once it’s over, you’ll wish you’d had more time. The memories I made in Quebec will stay with me for a lifetime, and so will the friendships.

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