I’ve really started to question whether leaving home for college in Toronto was something that I was actually ready for, even though I hyped up the idea of “getting out of here” since forever. I’ve also been spending a lot of time at my art studio classes, where several of my studiomates have been working on their portfolios and college applications. I asked some of them about how they feel about leaving, or being away from, home. —Alice Liu
Guangdong, China. My hometown is near the sea, so there’s lots of seafood, and it’s pretty warm. Back home there’s a lot of people. It’s much more crowded compared to Toronto ’cause Canada is more spread out. It just feels different, because of the people and the environment. I’m more comfortable now that my parents are here with me. What I really miss are my friends. Most of my close friends are in China. I don’t get to see them very often.
What reminds you of home the most?
Photos. Photographs are really good reminders, and social media. The culture is completely different. Sometimes I make phone calls, but the long distance and time differences make it really inconvenient.
How does it feel being away from home?
I need to solve problems on my own, along with going to school, and sometimes I feel alone. It can get really difficult, just on a day-to-day basis of navigating everything without my parents. I go back home every year, but I miss my family and friends so much.
Where is home?
My family is in China—my parents, an older brother, and a sister-in-law. I love them so much, and I’ll have a nephew this year.
What are you looking forward to about going back?
I’m looking forward to seeing my nephew being born.