Extended Education

The last three weeks have absolutely blown by, and my brief time at Community is quickly coming to an end. Now, I’m not going to stand here and wax poetic about how much I’m going to miss everyone, or how important the lessons I learned here are to me, or even how eye-opening and exciting living and working in Toronto was.

No, instead I’m going to write a list. Because the Internet loves lists.

The 5 Topics I Got Schooled on in Toronto

1. Agency Life

There are so many parallels between the environment at Community and the environment at school it’s almost scary.

  • Long list of projects to work on with orders coming from different people? Check.
  • Used and abused coffeemaker? Check.
  • Group playlists and song requests? Check.
  • Office video games? Check.
  • Snacks on snacks on snacks? Check.
  • Beer Fridays? Double-triple check.

Yup. Feels just like home.

2. Food

Greece. Thailand. Japan. Vietnam. Mexico. France. Germany.
What do all these places have in common? If you answered, “they’re not in Canada,” you’re wrong. They’re all in Canada, and you can find them all in my stomach like some sort of gastronomical UN.

My dining experiences in Toronto have been nothing short of extraordinary, and my only regret is that I didn’t try out more places for lunch. I don’t think I can pick out a favourite, but if I had to choose where I had the most life-changing meal, it would definitely be The Stockyards: Smokehouse and Larder.

Chicken + Waffles

Chicken + Waffles

3. Commuting

If your commute is longer than 15 minutes and you don’t have an iPod, a smart phone, a book, a tablet, or the ability to fall asleep anywhere, you’re going to have a bad time. I’ve found that the best time to devour a new album (shoutout to D’angelo) is during your morning commute, and the best time to digest your dinner and catch up on your Twitter feed is on the commute back home.

But I’m sure native Torontonians figured that out a long time ago.

4. Fashion

It’s no secret Toronto is full of fashionable people. It’s been close to 21 days and not a day has gone by where I haven’t thought to myself, “that look is incredible.” If I wasn’t scraping by on two (very close to) minimum wage jobs, you better believe I would be spending way more money than I should at any of the many vintage stores dotting Queen Street West and Kensington Market.

5. Multiculturalism

I’ve only been to New York once in my life, but I like to think my short time there was rife with experiences. It’s been said before that New York is supposed to be something like the centre of the universe.

Now, not to knock New York – an incredible city by any measure – but I just feel as though Toronto is so much cooler. Maybe it’s just my Canadian bias showing through, but something is telling me it’s not.

I’ve been to a lot of places in my lifetime, and none have been more friendly and welcoming than Toronto. The road to get here was tough, but it was completely worth it. Here’s to long roads, old homes, new friends and great experiences.

Thanks for having me, Community.

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