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Trip to Saint Mary´s University in Halifax & WHALE WATCHING

I´m in paradise.

sunny 23 °C

I feel free.
In my school, in my opportunities and thus in my whole life.

The Canadian high school system is, in any case, better than our system in Germany. We have three different schools with different levels. The lowest level: Hauptschule, the middle: Realschule and the hightest level: Gymnasium. You have to be good at every school subject if you want to attend the "high level" school. At maths, languages and science as well as at visual arts, music or sports. You can´t choose your courses for the year, you nearly have every subject all the time. Maybe it´s effective, but the poison is unbelievable - we learn a lot in a short time. Many friends of mine gave up their hobbies because they needed more time for studying. Furthermore, it´s not common in Germany to take part in sport teams in school. IF you go in for sports you join your city´s team. In Germany I never felt something like a school spirit - we have no school colors or football games we all want to see. For us, school is studying - that´s it. Since I´ve been in Canada and attended the Shelburne Regional High School I know what school spirit is. And I finally figured out why American teeny movies are always about high school: high school friends, high school football and cheerleader teams, high school parties and high school crushes. High school means more than studying!

High schools in Canada also offer many trips that help you figuring out what you want to do in your life, what you want to be after school and so which university you want to attend. My school had a trip to Saint Mary´s University on Friday (SMU). SMU is on of the top university in Nova Scotia and is located in the capital: Halifax. I´ve only seen the university campus, but the few streets I saw out of the the bus (very comfortable - in contrast to the terrible yellow school busses) it looked beautiful. The campus was beautiful as well, even though it wasn´t the most beautiful campus I´ve ever seen. The living wall was what I liked the most, it´s a wall with many different plants on it - it looks beautiful. On SMU they offer students scholarships to study abroad, also you don´t need your own laptops and the food in the cafeteria is delicious. In addition you don´t have to go outside in the cold Canadian winter, the campus is constructed in such a way that you always can stay inside. 29%´of the students are internationals so I started thinking about going to university in Canada.



Have you ever been whale watching? No? You really should go!!
Yesterday one of my greatest dreams came true: I WENT WHALE WATCHING! I´m so happy I had this awesome opportunity and I still can´t believe what I´ve seen! The days before I was very excited and thought a lot about how it might be. But in the end it definitely exceeded all my expectations. It seemed like the whales made a show for us - and they are awesome entertainers! It´s impossible to describe the feelings I had - I was sooooo happy.
Please check out my gallery, you´ll find awesome pictures - I think it´s easier to share my feelings with you by means of pictures!

Posted by AnnikaInCanada 07:45 Archived in Canada Tagged animals canada travelling nova_scotia study_abroad whale_watching nsisp nsispfc saint_marys_university

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Education systems are so different around the world! Saint Mary's is one of many wonderful universities in our area! Atlantic Canada is fortunate to have so many options for post-secondary studies.
WHALE WATCHING!!!!! AMAZING! Your photos look like postcards! Thanks for adding additional ones to the photo gallery for us to enjoy. :-)

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