INTERNATIONAL STUDENT PROFILE | By Sharon M.
SM: When, why, and from where did you move to Nova Scotia, Canada?
JP: I moved to Canada from Korea on January 30th. My parents wanted me to study in the West. They were debating whether I should live in America or Canada. Looking at the diversity of culture and people in Canada, they thought it best that I studied and lived here.
SM: How do you like Dartmouth so far?
JP: I like it a lot here. Mostly because the people are so nice and kind. The atmosphere is welcoming. Becoming a part of this wonderful community is less of a challenge and more of a pleasure. Since I’ve been in Halifax my two favorite things have been poutine and ice skiing. I had never tasted poutine before; it is pretty awesome. And, ice skiing is not something I did in my country. I find it really fun and refreshing. Being someone who enjoys shopping a lot, Mic Mac mall is one of my favorite destinations in this city.
SM: How is Halifax different from your hometown?
JP: Korea doesn’t receive nearly as much snow as Halifax does so I’ve never really had a chance to enjoy it, but since it snows a lot here I can do things like ice skiing and snow boarding, that I like a lot. Also, the food here is very different than the food in my country. It was tough to get accustomed to the Canadian cuisine but now that I have, I find it tasty! My favorite dish so far has to be jam and bread.
SM: What is your opinion about Dartmouth High School?
JP: The students of Dartmouth High are friendly and welcoming. The teachers are kind and helpful. The academics are not burdensome. I enjoy my classes a lot, especially gym. I have a little trouble fitting in because English is not my first language but I feel like I am getting better already.
SM: What do you love most about DHS?
JP: The DHS teachers are the best! They help me a lot with everything. I am grateful that I have such teachers who make my school life and studies so much easier. Another thing I love about this school is its cafeteria. I don’t bring my own food. I buy my lunch from the cafeteria and they always have awesome food!
Judy Park is a grade 10 student at Dartmouth High.