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Growing up, especially in my late teens and early 20s, I was not overly fond of Calgary, I always wanted to live somewhere else. When I decided to return to school in my late 20s I decided this would be the perfect opportunity to do so, so I applied to Arizona State University, was accepted and off I went. In my 3.5 years abroad I realized just how amazing Calgary and Canada really are, and although I loved my school and didn’t mind Phoenix, it just never felt like HOME. Every summer I would come home to work and it made me appreciate just how lucky we are to live in this country. I had started my schooling in 2010 when the US was still experiencing the effects of the recession. Arizona was particularly hard hit by the housing collapse and I saw firsthand the effects of this and it made me appreciate my home here in Calgary even more. Now that I am back I realize that, although there are a million places I’d love to visit, there really is only one place I want to live, here in my hometown of Calgary. (Photo from Johnston Canyon when my ASU BFF came to see Canada).

Courtney B – INLIV

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