As an international student, when you come to Canada, not only you bring skills with you; you
also bring superpowers!
Like Professor X, you come in peace.
Like Flash, you are fast to adapt and thrive.
Like Wonder Woman, you are physically and mentally strong.
Like Wolverine, you bounce back and heal fast when you fall down; you have to – this country
The fact that you leave your comfort zone and your family and friends behind in pursuit of a
new life and new goals in a new country makes you a badass heroe and you should be a force
to be reckoned with!
Having said that, your superpowers don’t make you immune to the sea of emotions that you go
through before and upon arrival in Canada; emotions that include excitement, fear, anxiety,
grief, joy, and anticipation, just to name a few. If kryptonite deprives Superman from his
powers, homesickness may be your weakness! If you choose to think that you can’t adapt to
your new environment to build a happy life, your superpowers will be obsolete because self-
sabotaging will always be the biggest villain in your story.
After all, it is perfectly human to feel sad for being miles away from your loved ones, but the
distance should be the drive to embrace a journey filled with change and opportunity.
As educators and coaches, we must pay attention to those emotions when helping these
heroes with their transition into Canadian society. It is paramount that we provide safe spaces
for them to talk about the effect that moving to Canada is having in their lives, share
experiences with other heroes who are in their same shoes, and listen to stories from heroes
who have already lived and sailed through the experience.
We must support them so their mental health is not negatively impacted during these
It takes a lot of strength and courage to start from scratch, therefore, our work must be
empowering so they are capable of enjoying their current reality and build promissory futures
for themselves. These are heroes who have thrived in volatile economies; they are problem
solvers by nature, so imagine the wonders they can do for organizations in the Canadian market
if given the chance. By applying an array of abilities and languages, they can easily help
organizations catapult their reach to global markets to unimaginable levels.
They need to learn from the locals and the locals need to learn from them.
We must advocate for these heroes when, because of bad propaganda, people say they are
here to steal their jobs. We must challenge the prejudice and stereotype because they come
here with the hopes to be accepted and to integrate with their knowledge and expertise for the
betterment of this multicultural society. They come to Canada to help this country grow more.
That’s their agenda!
As Canadian citizens, are we using the power of empathy so we feel their struggle and do our
bit to help them create opportunities that not only will benefit them but our society overall?
Are we helping them cultivate their superpowers?