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Tiffany Ma

    Study Abroad and Exchange

    A seismic shift halfway across the world

    It’s just after midnight on a pretty typical January night in Toronto, Canada. There I sit, way back in row 55, staring out the airplane window at the fresh layer of powdery snow that has just fallen. As I’m watching the falling snow, and feeling the engine of the airplane rev and prepare for take off, I am suddenly hit by the reality of the situation, and the magnitude of the series of events that have led to this exact moment. There is an instant and overwhelming rush of emotions that were so powerful that I can still feel them to this day when I reflect on this moment. It is at this precise moment that I know that there’s no going back. I’m in it, and I’m in it for the long haul. Good thing I was already buckled up, because here we go.

    If you’re a bit confused, allow me to explain. My name is Tiffany and I am a first year medical student here at Griffith. At the time of writing this, I have been here in Australia for exactly 2 months, but honestly it feels more like 2 weeks. I’m originally from a small city located about 2 hours outside of Toronto, Canada, and had lived there for my entire life up until the night that I just described in the beginning of this post.

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