Once you arrive in Canada, it's a great idea to get involved in your new community right away, even before you feel the possible effects of home-sickness. Your new school will likely have activities and programs for international students, as well as opportunities to talk with both peers and counsellors about any problems or concerns you might have.
It's also a good idea to get involved with other activities on campus, and to make friends with Canadian students. Most schools have clubs, recreational sports or other activities and organizations available for students to join, including film clubs, running clubs or musical groups and organizations. There are also independent immigrant associations in most cities aimed at helping new arrivals to Canada settle in. Your university or local Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) office will be able to give you a list of such societies and associations. All of these organizations and activities provide the opportunity to make friends and be better integrated into the community, reducing your chances of loneliness or isolation.
Be patient with yourself and with other people, and never be afraid to ask for help. Canadians in general are a friendly, open people and are happy to help you feel more welcome.
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