I arrived at UBC around three weeks ago. When I arrived, everything was new and exciting. I spent my first week exploring the campus. The grace and beauty of the rose garden took my breath away. I was amazed by the result of my explorations.
However, in the past 10 days, I started to feel unsettled. All sorts of troubles started to emerge as the excitement and passion gradually thinned out and melted away. Shakespeare once wrote: “When sorrows come, they come not in single spies, but in battalions.” At this moment, I couldn’t agree more. The list of courses in the Student Service Centre was overwhelming. Due to the lack of friends and homesickness, loneliness inevitably occurred. I started to have trouble concentrating because I kept thinking about my friends and family back home. I tried to read novels to calm myself down but it didn’t work.
However, before I needed to ask for help, I found the best cure to loneliness —
Happiness. This Monday, while I was taking a nap on a bench in front of the sea, three tourists asked me how to get to the beach. As a result, I gave them a tour around the school. During the tour, we had lots of interesting conversations and they made me feel happy. Yesterday, I helped two new students to find their way to the Museum of Anthropology, the village and their residence. We even had dinner together at my favourite Chinese restaurant. Last night, I was able to do my homework more efficiently. During that process, I felt peaceful and calm. It turns out that the best way to find peace is to help others.