10 Reasons Why Being an International Student is Awesome!

1. You get to make really good friends that will last a lifetime. “Distance” and “miles that separate” are no longer part of your vocabulary.

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(Because of that bidding goodbye for the summer turns out like this)

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2. You can be part of our awesome leadership teams to help and enhance not only international/Third Culture Kid (T.C.K) students but the whole student community’s experience.

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3. Tyndale is a home away from home – when you feel homesick the community is there to support and love you.

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4. You become exotic if there is not already a large presence of people from your country at the university, which is located in Toronto, one of the most diverse cities in the world. So you are pretty much walking into the student lounge or cafeteria like this:

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And people be like:


5. If you speak a language other than English, you are an expert in your language. I speak both Tangkhul and Meithei (a.k.a Manipuri). Yup…and you didn’t even know those two languages existed!


You’re welcome!

6. You have knowledge about the country you grew up in that you can share with your friends. Tyndale students love learning – so why not take advantage of that!

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7. You are experiencing a whole new country by yourself! In the words of Ne-Yo, you are Miss Independent…unless you are a guy, then, you are obviously not Miss Independent, you’re Mr. Independent…Ne-Yo didn’t say anything about you.

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8. You are adaptable. You have learned to start a whole new life, by yourself! Nothing scares you – you’re not even fazed at the thought of a zombie apocalypse. Zombies? Ha!

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9. The student to faculty ratio at Tyndale is 24:1. Talk about getting the attention you need!

When I was in Grade 5, there were 100 people in my class. The teacher didn’t even know I existed. When roll call happened at the beginning of class I would stand up and say, “Present”…when my friend’s name was called.

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You aren’t a number at Tyndale, your professors know your name. Your profs, who have dedicated their lives to becoming experts in their field, know you by name. MIND BLOWN!

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10. You can get a job on campus or off-campus – which ever you fancy! Or you could volunteer instead, and there are plenty of opportunities to do that.

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So, this is why being an international or a T.C.K at Tyndale is awesome!

I.J. Makan

BA Biblical Studies & Theology and Philosophy
Third Year
Senior Student Admissions Representative


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