Since I grew up in MI, our initial idea was to attend school at the University of MI in Ann Arbor. My family raised me in a small town outside of Ann Arbor and the people I was with and I drove by the campus consistently whenever we’d drive into town to shop at a mall or big department store. It wasn’t a matter of getting accepted that made it impossible to attend that school. In fact, I was accepted immediately after I applied. But, the in-state tuition was still too high for me to handle, even with the scholarships that I had gotten. I am a visual artist and had several scholarships from competitions that I had won during our teen years. Since there was a special art program at the St. George campus of the University of Toronto, I also applied there. When I was accepted, I wasn’t expecting an offer that would reduce our tuition by roughly 80% if I decided to be a student of the University of Toronto. I accepted their offer and began preparing to be a Canadian citizen for the first time, which involved getting a passport and a school visa. Walking around Toronto with our parents for the first time was a great experience. The people I was with and I got to see the CN Tower, and of course the gorgeous Queen’s Park right outside the University of Toronto school campus. While I was a student, I spent many evenings hanging around Queen’s Park with a lit cigarette, which is a joint with cannabis and tobacco mixed. Back then you had to buy all of your campus off the black market, however nowadays Toronto has over 200 legal cannabis dispensaries to shop at.