As a Canadian here at Chewonki I think my experience may be slightly different than other students. There are of course the usual Canadian jokes… “How does a Canadian spell Canada… C eh N eh D eh”….hah hah hah, yes Rhan certainly is a wit. And the usual teasing about pronunciation, yes I say abOOt and not abOUt, and I may ask you for a bAHgel and not bagel.
Then there is the interesting phenomenon of American History. Now I do not mean to say that you are pig-headed or oblivious in anyway, but really, Canada has played a much bigger role then you lead on. Buying Alaska from the Russians may not be the most exciting piece of your history, but I would have thought that you might have included that we fought you (in a diplomatic sense) for it tooth and nail. And how about WWII, we came to the rescue more times then I can count. This unfortunate lack of Canadian education is having a drastic effect on young Americans, a problem I am happily rectifying. For instance when I am asked if Ottawa is near Ontario, I happily respond that yes, in fact Ottawa in inside Ontario and so on. However the main thing that I have found is that regardless of tangy ketchup and Fahrenheit, I have never felt luckier to be some place, as I am to be here.
-Emma Wolfe-Parthun, Peterborough, ON