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Toni Leamon

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How did you end up here? How did you learn about Grenfell and why did you decide to come?

Here's a funny story. I initially came to Grenfell because my best friend and I wanted to be roommates for our first year of university. I had planned to go to St. John's but she wanted to stay close to home, so she chose Grenfell. I decided to tag along and guess what? From the very first day, I loved it here! So much so, that even though all my friends moved on to St. John's, I still decided to stay and will continue to study here for my full degree. I heard about Grenfell through friends and family that attended, as well as many school presentations, but nothing can show you how amazing it really is until you experience it for yourself! 


What has been your favourite thing about living in Newfoundland and studying at Grenfell?

 Being born and raised a Newfoundlander is a feeling like no other. It comes with a sense of pride, community, inclusion, and family. This is also my favourite thing about studying at Grenfell. It feels like a home away from home where everyone, from near and far, is welcomed all the same. Picture hosting a good ol' Newfoundland kitchen party for guests from all around the world- that's how I'd describe studying here; a perfect mixture of fun, culture, and friendship.


What has been the hardest part of being away from home?

Doing the dishes (ha ha)! The hardest part for me has been getting used to being away from the things I am so familiar with. Whether it be family, friends, just going for a drive down my small town roads, or getting a breakfast sandwich from my favourite hometown restaurant. They are all things I have to do without while I am away and that can be hard, especially on stressful days.


What are your plans when you graduate?

My goals are to be accepted into medical school, to take time to write more poetry (maybe even a book, who knows?), and to travel every chance I get! 

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A2H 5G4, Canada

Phone: (709) 637-6269
Email: study@grenfell.mun.ca

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