Name: Halima Abdille
From: Kenya
Resides: Halifax
Years in Canada: Two
What she does: Third-year business student at Mount Saint Vincent University

Why did you choose to come to Canada?
I lived in Kenya most of my life and when I graduated from high school I got a scholarship with an organization called World University Services of Canada. It sponsors students from Kenya. I got a sponsorship, too, from the Mount (Mount Saint Vincent University).

What were your first impressions of Canada?
I was freaked out the first time, because I thought it would be cold throughout the year ... I had this concern — how am I going to survive? Am I going to freeze to death? I was so surprised (by the warm summer). The other thing is the life is completely different. I came from a community-like society and this Western world is more individualistic.

What is the one thing you love most about Halifax?
I like the community. People are friendly. I remember in my first weeks, I got lost in downtown Halifax and people were very nice. It’s a small city and there are so many cultures in Halifax and a huge Muslim community.

What is the one thing you still find strange?
When I see women wearing a bikini! I am dressed this way, so when I see a woman in a bikini, I’m like, ‘Oh, what happened to you?’ But I’m getting used to it.

What are the 3 words you would use to describe your new home?
Friendly, open, fun.

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