On Being Canadian

On-Being-Canadian

We’re very welcoming to our friends from north of the border.

Most of the time, you won’t feel the difference between the U.S .and Canada until you talk about temperature in degrees Celsius instead of the confusing Fahrenheit; you get excited about hockey when your classmates are crazy about Cardinals; your classmates answer Canada City as the capital of Canada; when you say UT, they first think of the University of Texas rather than the University of Toronto; or when they simply don’t know anything about UBC (sad face), the University of British Columbia (yes, British Columbia is a province in Canada and no, we don’t have states). Well, it’s pretty enjoyable to educate your fellow classmates on bits of information about their northern neighbor with facts like “the capital of Canada is Ottawa,” so that they won’t ask, “Do you guys still celebrate Victoria Day since Queen Victoria died?”

— Jenny C., M1