After seven years of being in Canada I have written the citizenship test. This experience was more stressful than I thought. The night before the test I felt dizzy and a big hole in my stomach which was driving me crazy. Even though, I had studied really hard the Canadian study guide, I was not sure if I would be able to remember all those important names and dates in Canadian history. More over, I needed to know and understand Canadian’s institutions, geography and of course how to vote; to be honest I am not quite sure if I understood all these concepts well.
One of the most important part of this guide was the chapter which talks about freedoms, rights and responsibilities that each person in this country needs to know. One topic that I liked the most in the study guide was the concept of diversity in Canada. This is how diverse groups share their cultures, traditions, languages and thoughts and also how most of these groups have learned from each other, making an amazing multicultural society. And most important, this diverse society includes non-traditional families, for instant same sex couples.
Today, that the test stress is over and I am relaxed I would say that I feel glad knowing just a little bit more about this country which is amazing. For example, now each time that I see a ten dollar bill with Sir John A. Macdonald’s picture I say to myself I know who this guy was; or when I heard “In the Flanders Fields” poem on the Remembrance Day, I recognized it !.
Though I have to wait three to five months to get the test result, this waiting does not upset me, I have a good feeling about it. So, after all taking my citizenship test was more rewarded than I thought.
Have you written this test already? How was your experience? How did you feel about?