INTERNATIONAL STUDENT: Abbie McGann (second from left) with friends she has met in Canada, where is she studying at Pearson College.Former Moruya High School student Abbie McGann is enjoying everyminute of livingoverseasafter winninga prestigiousscholarship to study in Canada.
Abbie has been studying for herInternational Baccalaureate at Pearson College, on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, sincethe end of August.
“I have learnt so much more about myself and also the world, just by being here,” she said.
“I’ve also come to realise I am a lot stronger than I ever thought I was and I am so proud thatI got here, and I am here to stay.”
Abbie said were studies were “going great”.
“Most of my subjects are quite challenging,”she said.
“It makes me thrive and push harder until I get the results I want.”
She is studying English literature, biology, philosophy, marine science, mathematics, Spanish and theory of knowledge.
“All of my teachers are amazing and they really do make sure we reach our full potential,” she said.
Making friends wasn’t a hard task for young Abbie.
“I have nearly been in Canada for twomonths and I have made friends with literally everyone,” she said.
“I have fallen in love with everyone’s differences and, quite quickly, friends have turned into family.
“Recently we had the Canadian Thanksgiving anda lot of people left campus to be with their families.
“Even though some of my friends only left for two or three days,the momentwe saw each other again was so precious. It was like a scene from a movie where they see each other for the first time in a long time.”
Abbie said the hardest part of being away from home was the financial strain on her family and not being close to family and friends.
“I am missing my family and friends so much,” she said.
“I find it challenging as well, because I packed up my life as I knew it and ventured overseas to start a new life.
“I was especially close to my mum and my six siblings. Even though I miss them, they areproud of me.”
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