Study Abroad-Calgary 2017 travel blog


I don't really know what else to say about Canada that I haven't already said. I believe their education system is excellent, and great to emulate her in Mississippi. The seamless integration between different subjects, the collaboration between teachers, the want for students to learn, everything was great and refreshing to see. Nothing like that exists in Mississippi. It would be great to find someway to bring back what they do there to Mississippi. Sadly, though, I just can't see many legislators being ok with shortening the school day, having a free period, having focus on more than just the core subjects, and allowing students and faculty so much freedom. Culturally, the Canadians are different in so many ways but so closely related to Americans. The people are much more curterous, are always kind and willing to help, but that doesn't mean all of them were. Americans have very much the same kinds of people, some nice and kind, others mean and rude. It's not exclusive to either country. Language wise, they say a lot words different than we do, and they use different phrases of course. But the differences aren't groundbreaking. There are many Americans who speak the same way up in the North. To us, it seemed to different, but honestly wasn't much worse than what one would hear further up North. I think the biggest cultural difference lies in their acceptance of others. They are doing their best to make reparations for what was done to the First Nation's People and have opened their arms wide open for immigrants of all countries to come and join their nation. I find it touching in some ways, yet troublesome in others. I am all for acceptance and tolerance of others, but one of our Professors who came with us, Dr. Ryan, who is also from Canada, had a different view point on matters, one which I think is important to look at as well. He believed that the more Canada allows others to immigrate, the more of them that they took in and welcome their cultures, the further their's would fail. Put simply, half of the students at Nelson Mandela, a school that prides itself on its multicultural and multinational diversity, could not sing the Canadian National Anthem. So much focus is put on other cultures that the Canadian culture was almost never mentioned. I think there needs to be a balance, but I don't want to dwell too much on political matters. My favorite day was definietly Friday. I love the mountains and spending so much time surrounded by snow-capped mountains was amazing. I would have loved to spend another day there, possibly even Saturday, just to always be surrounded by them. School wise, I think Thursday was the best. I care little for presentations and panels, I would much rather be immersed in the classroom to see first hand how the Canadian education system works. I loved both days in different ways. But maybe the best part was the nights, all across the board. I don't want to say that the hot tub soaks and the nights out were better than anything else. It was the connections with the other members of the program I loved the most. I would say that I am friends with everyone in the program, prior to the trip. But after going there, I would say that I grew closer with all of them, and made friends with those I did not know, the new members. It was a great time getting to know the new people and experiencing a new country, a new experience, with all my friends there. I couldn't have asked for more, truly. I will always be grateful for the METP program for introducing me to some of the best people I have ever met while allowing me to experience education in a different country. I was excited to be a teacher before, but now I cannot wait to take all that I have learned and apply it in my own classroom.



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