From Türkiye to Toronto: Elifsu’s Journey as an International Student

From Türkiye to Toronto: Elifsu’s Journey as an International Student


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Elifsu Coskun, a driven FCT student and social media intern from Türkiye, made the bold decision a year ago to embark on an exciting journey to study in Toronto. We interviewed her to understand her motivations for moving to a new country, the hurdles she faced, and her approach to overcoming them. Additionally, she shares invaluable advice for students considering a change in scenery and finding success in a new country

Our conversation has been edited and condensed for clarity.

What inspired you to study in Toronto?

While studying engineering in my home country, I travelled to Toronto to attend a language school for the summer. I fell in love with the city – I felt welcomed. As soon as I returned home and graduated, I researched post-graduate programs. Since I could already speak English, I was looking to start a new adventure and was encouraged by my professors to continue my education abroad. I felt like it was the perfect opportunity.

How did you navigate the process of moving to a new country alone?

When I moved to Toronto, it marked my first experience living alone and in a foreign country. I knew that to enjoy my time here, I needed to focus on the new page I opened rather than the one I left behind. Having that mindset helped me a lot.

What were some of the hurdles you encountered when adjusting to life in Toronto? How did you overcome them?

While I had visited Ontario prior to moving to Toronto, the experience of living in the city full-time was eye-opening. I was learning about living on my own for the first time and being a newcomer in the city.

What made a significant difference was attending a networking event hosted by the school during my first week of classes. I met individuals who have since become my closest friends and biggest supporters. Their friendship has improved my experience both academically and socially.

I also explored employment opportunities by applying and interviewing for jobs, which enabled me to gain further insights into work culture and meet new people. I was even able to secure an internship role with FCT’s social media team.

What resources or support did you find helpful as an international student?

The school's services and faculty provided me with invaluable emotional support, going above and beyond to connect me with services that could assist me. Participating in social events also helped me break out of my shell and expand my network.

What advice would you give to other international students considering studying in Toronto?

Toronto offers opportunities to gain new experiences, live in the largest city in Canada, meet people from around the world, and much more. If I had stayed in my home country, I wouldn’t have experienced the feelings and emotional developments I endured. The joy of adapting to a new country is entirely different and extremely rewarding. Moreover, it’s beneficial not to set high expectations at the beginning of your journey. Keep an open mind, enjoy yourself and live in the moment.

Lastly, listen to your heart and do whatever you feel is right. Every moment you spend here returns to you as a priceless investment in the future.

What are your plans after completing your studies in Toronto?

While I cherished my time living in Toronto, I have a desire to explore the world. There's still much for me to discover, and Toronto was merely the initial destination. However, I fully intend to return to the city armed with the skills and knowledge acquired through the Global Business Management program and my engineering degree. With my combined expertise, I am confident that numerous opportunities exist in Toronto where I can integrate both fields.

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