The Newcomer’s Experience

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First steps are always tough. Escaping from war, saying goodbye to family and friends, leaving hometowns and starting a new life. Newcomers feel nervous and anxious with several expectations about how life could be in Canada. From living in a unfamiliar place, to struggling with body and mental issues, everything is new to them. They are like new born babies who watch this new world curiously. People come from different countries, speak different languages and bring different cultures. They are newcomers.

The first experience for newcomers are painful. In interviews, most of them said they miss their hometown during the first month after arriving to Canada. For many youth, to be separated from friends and family is cruel for them. They are not comfortable with anything including food, culture or even weather. Most importantly, English may not be their first language – a major obstacle affecting many people’s communication. They feel confused and worried. But it’s just a brief moment. As time goes, newcomers understand WCI and Canada more and more. They grow into a Canadian lifestyle and make friends. That’s the truth for newcomers. No matter how much pain they suffered, no matter how many enjoyable memories they experienced, living in Canada has given newcomers different perspectives. They have learned to open their minds to opportunities, to see the world without bias, to be tolerant and to get out of their comfort zones. Once, I heard that the world is too big to be born and die in the same place, meaning that I was meant to go abroad and do something more than live a standard pattern of life.

According to one newcomer “I really appreciate my friend, he’s the real man who changes me during my darkest days. Now I enjoy my life. I’m not like myself before, sentimental and nervous.”  Every human is given the gift of courage, there are few who ever take advantage of this gift and put it to good use. Although newcomers suffer lots of pressure and challenges, sometimes they tend to give up when difficulties become unsolvable for themselves. They finally overcome with hard work and a little help from Canadians.  

Canada has taught newcomers to be courageous; to overcome fears and to challenge themselves in their daily lives. As the famous American writer Jon Krakauer says: “Make a radical change in your lifestyle and begin to boldly do things which newcomers may previously never have thought of doing, or been too hesitant to attempt.” Newcomers have to be exposed to different situations, whether good or bad.

In conclusion, newcomers are extremely interested in Canada. Even though It’s a tough life, Although they are just foreigners in some people’s eyes, they already see Canada as their own home, their second home.