Embracing Dreams At Huron: An Indian Student’s Journey To Canada

Embracing Dreams At Huron: An Indian Student’s Journey To Canada

The warmth and acceptance I found at Huron transformed this foreign land into a sanctuary.

Aaryan Lakhan PaulUpdated: Monday, April 22, 2024, 08:37 AM IST
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Thinking of leaving India to embrace the vast unknown in Canada was a thought that kept me awake many nights, wrestling with a whirlwind of questions. Embracing Canada was not without its challenges. The initial cultural and academic shifts were challenging. However, the warmth and acceptance I found at Huron transformed this foreign land into a sanctuary.

Huron University was the stage where I showcased myself—a lover of dance, music, sports and people. Since my first year, I’ve been getting the stage I always wanted. My active engagement in extracurricular activities soon led to leadership roles, breaking barriers as the first Indian president of the Student's Council and becoming a TEDx speaker.

At Huron, I received immense support through scholarships, financial aid and a platform to thrive. This backing was instrumental in navigating my journey, offering relief in moments of uncertainty. When coming to Canada was a 0.001% chance, the Huron community made it possible for me to be here. Huron awards $4.4 million in scholarships per year, double the per-student average of Canadian universities. The university offers international students scholarship opportunities that cover up to 50% of tuition fees annually, including Canada's only need-based financial aid programme open to all international admitted students.

To the prospective students and parents reading this: Canada is a land of opportunities and growth. My advice is simple yet profound—embrace the small steps. Huron, with its inclusive community and supportive environment, could be the first step towards realising your dreams.

Crafting a compelling personal statement is paramount! This is your opportunity to share the experiences that have shaped you beyond the classroom and to illustrate how Huron can be the launchpad for your future aspirations. Outline how you can continue to be a role model and mentor and how you can give back to your community to build a better future.

In closing, my journey from a humble beginning in India to making impactful strides in Canada underscores —dare to dream, dare to step forward and watch the world open its doors to you. My story is not unique but a testament to what's possible when you believe in yourself and the community that surrounds you.

The author is pursuing an Economics honours degree at Huron University

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