If you ask me, what do I feel most grateful for? It would be the precious experience I’ve had during the global pandemic. It was stressful for me at the beginning, because everything was new and unexpected, such as school closure, online courses and staying at home all the time. Fortunately, I overcome all of these with the help of my host family, my teachers, the international office and my friends. I also realized how important it is to help each other in this tough time, as we are all together and we need to support each other.
When I found out I could not go back home in summer, I was sad at first, but I tried to be positive and thought it could be a good chance to improve my English. My homestay family was wonderful and they were very nice and kind. They made me feel I am actually part of their family. I felt very comfortable spending time with them. They took me out to the waterfalls for hiking, to the river and the beach to swim, to the lake to kayak and to the forest for biking. We also drove to get ice cream and watch movies in the theatre. We baked pizza and cookies at home. There were many memories that I will never forget. I can’t believe how beautiful it is in the Comox Valley- lots of nature and friendly people.
I guess Covid-19 isn’t only negative to me, because it’s taught me to be positive and brave, to help each other, not to give up, not to be afraid of challenges and to be thankful of what I have. It grows me to become more independent and confident. I hope Covid will disappear soon and wish a peaceful world come to everyone!