Jessica Tomlinson - “Adjusting to Life Back in Canada”
My name is Jessica Tomlinson. I am studying abroad in Ireland during my second year from the University of Alberta. I am studying Elementary Education and plan on becoming a teacher one day. I love trying new experiences and meeting new people!
Wednesday morning when I got to the Dublin airport for the last time was really hard. It was once I was sitting on the plane it felt real that I was leaving. I was lucky to have beautiful weather for my flight so I was able to see all of Ireland till the plane got to the edge and it disappeared from my sight. The main thing that was getting through my flight was knowing that I was on my way to see my friends and family soon.
When I booked my flight home I decided a detour was the best way to go. So instead of seeing my family as soon as I landed in Canada I stayed for two weeks in the Ottawa area with one of my friends that I made while studying abroad. I started my journey by landing in Newfoundland. It was odd to land in an airport and not hear the Irish accent right away. I was greeted by the Canadian customs people and they seemed more excited that I was home than I was. What really shocked me was when I landed in Ottawa and the heat! I could not believe hot and humid it was! I guess I was used to the Irish heat being around twenty degrees Celsius and was not prepared for the thirty degrees when I landed. It was nice being reunited with friends and having someone greet me at the airport! My abroad experience isn’t quite over yet, which honestly is the best thing I could have decided.