Julie Anderson is a 23-year-old exchange student from VIA University in Denmark. She is currently attending Ryerson for fashion design. This is part of a Ryerson Folio series about how exchange students view Canada.
Coming from a small city called Herning, with a population of roughly 50,000 people, Toronto was overwhelming. But I’m surprised by how fast I got used to it, and how fast I started to love being in the city.
In Denmark, I studied design, business and technology, with a specialization in pattern design. Ryerson’s program is very different from my home school. The workload here is much heavier and includes both pattern and fashion design, whereas it is two different specialties in Denmark. It makes it harder, but I do feel like I have learned a lot. In general, the exchange is going very well and I’ve met people from all around the world.
Everything is just so much more here — the city is noisier, there’s more people in the streets and the buildings are taller. What really surprised me though was how open minded people are here. They’ll talk to you in the elevator, or when you do your groceries. It was definitely something that I had to get used to, because if you spoke to a stranger in the elevator in Denmark, people would think that you’re weird.
While on my exchange I also visited New York, Montreal and Niagara Falls. Out of those cities, I still like Toronto the most. I never feel alone even if I’m alone in my room — you can always hear cars, people or even a helicopter outside.