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    Congratulations to students who just landed in Canada & will be starting school in January.

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    Some things to note:

    - Get yourself a very good winter jacket.
    - Have your gloves with you at all times.
    - If you don't drive, check bus schedules before going out. 

    - Aside Toronto, buses run every 30 mins on weekdays & every 1hr on weekends.
    - Before buying textbooks, check with Lecturers if they are okay with you borrowing from Library rather than owning.
    - If you can't afford the school residence, make sure to live very close to school. 

    - As a student, you are allowed to work 20 hours per week.
    - It is cheaper to cook than to eat out.
    - Sobeys is a high end grocery store for students. Don't go there.
    - Connect with students from prior year for course tips.
    - Ask questions a lot in class. 

    - Mix with students from other backgrounds to learn and understand other's perspectives.
    - Research how to be successful in your course of study.
    - Research what certification is relevant to your field in Canada.
    - Mix with other Nigerian students to reduce nostalgia. 

    - Be mindful of your study permit expiry date and when to apply for an extension.
    - It is never too early to begin reading about the process of PR.
    - The International Office of your school is your first stop for questions and concerns relating to your course. 

    - Be mindful of 'Them-Say-Them-Say'. Be sure to request for the source of an info to read it in black and white.
    - Remember the daughter/son of whom you are.
    - Don’t get carried away by infrastructure or because the system works.
    - Distinction is not bad at all. 

    - Get your G1/G2/G licenses as soon as possible.
    - If you are particular about meeting Nigerians, there is most likely a church or mosque in your city where you can network in that regard.
    - If you can, have only one credit card. You can use one to build a credit history. 

    - Look for banks that have account perks for newcomers / students.
    - Don't call Nigeria directly with your local Network if you aren't sure of the call rate.
    - Look up your school website to see if there are awards/ scholarships available for international students after school. 

    - If you need to extend your passport, the Nigerian High Commision is in Ottawa. You’d get a new passport in 3 hours max.
    - Register with a local job agency to ease your part-time job search whole schooling.
    - It is cheaper to fly outside Canada than within Canada. 

    - Punctuality is key. Try to adjust as soon as you can.
    - School is very important, but remember to live too. Explore your city and neighbouring cities.
    - There’s most likely a chapter for professionals in your field. Try to be a member of such. 

    - Get your resume reviewed to a Canadian format.
    - Create a profile on Indeed.Ca. Never too early to see what the labour market looks like.
    - Your SIN Number should never be given to someone other than CRA or your employer. 

    Updated on 8:39-am December 20,2019


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