I grew up in a very small town, and although it was a great place to grow up, deciding to go to Toronto for school was probably one of the best decisions I have made. I always knew when it came time for me to apply to universities that I wanted to go out of the province. I ended up choosing Toronto as I had been there a few times before and loved it.
Since I did spend 17 years of my life in a small town, and then packed everything up and moved to Toronto, I learned a lot in the year that I’ve been here. I knew there would be changes, but there were definitely lots of surprises. Keep reading to see what I learned moving from a small city to Toronto!
1. It will be overwhelming, that’s a given.
A lot of my high school teachers and relatives were concerned that I would be too overwhelmed moving to a city and going to a large university that was much bigger than what I was used to. Although I wasn’t as overwhelmed as I expected, there were definitely moments that I felt anxious. It takes a while to get used to the city as well meeting new people, and these were the two main things that overwhelmed me. You’ll be hit with a lot of surprises relating to things you’ll miss, and you’ll miss stuff you would never even imagine that you would miss.
2. Take advantage of all the events.
I’m a huge film lover, so when I realized TIFF happened in September I was very excited. It was a huge deal for me to be able to attend such a large event. With the way the timing worked, TIFF ended up being the first week of my classes and a week after I had moved to the city. Although this was really stressful, it really forced me to understand the transit system really quickly. Moving from theatre to theatre every day for a week gave me such an amazing opportunity to see the city, and I had directions down within pretty much a week for the area of Toronto surrounding UofT. After this I tried to go to as many events as possible, and not only is it a great way to see the city, it’s a great way to meet people!
3. Don’t get too frustrated trying to meet a ton of people.
Some people may find it easier to socialize when you are at such a large school in a big city, and some people may find it more daunting and therefore harder. I was definitely the latter. It got overwhelming when there were so many people, but what I found was that sticking with a couple really close friends was really great. I didn’t worry too much about having a huge group of friends, but focused more on building a few close friendships. I would also recommend keeping in touch with any friends that you knew from your hometown if they had also moved to the same city as you. Having a piece of home that you could always count on is so comforting.
4. Take advantage of any time you have back home.
I never thought I would miss my hometown, but I always get excited when I get to go home for breaks. Really make sure you enjoy the time you have back home and spend time with family and friends. I really missed a lot of the local food back home so I took advantage of my time and ate out with friends, enjoying all the food I couldn’t get in Toronto.
Moving, in general, is tough, but moving to a large city is a big decision. I am very grateful I made the decision I did and I’ve been loving my time so far in Toronto.
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