Name: Lehna

Social Media Handle/Username: lehna.tchend- Instagram.

Introduce Yourself/Tell About Yourself: Hey!! My name is Lehna. I’m 18 and I’m Cameroonian. I live in Ottawa Canada’s capital. I live with my parents, and my two younger brothers who are 6 and 17. Iam the eldest and the only girl. Iam currently a first year university student. I study at the University Of Ottawa. I study public administration, social sciences and political sciences. I enjoy writing a lot, whether it be poems, personal experiences or just for souvenirs. I write about anything and everything or things I can relate too. Some of my hobbies include cooking, watching Netflix, and eating !!! I tend to be shy when I first meet people but as I warm up to them I become comfortable and a little loud (which is a big jump from shy lehna )and in my element.

What Inspires You Every day? :
My parents!!! My parents and including me are immigrants. We came to Canada when I was around 9 years old. They’re one of the most hardest working people I know. They’ve worked so hard to reach where they are today in their lives. We went from sleeping on a mattress in an empty apartment on our first week in Canada to Owning a house!!! All this couldn’t have been possible without the constant perseverance of my both my parents. They took it upon themselves to leave everything they knew back in the motherland (Cameroon) , financial stability and family to offer us a better future and education. I will forever be grateful to both of them, Words are not enough to express to the gratitude I have for both of them. They are truly angels, such wonderful people!! I’m glad to have them as parents!!!

What is some words of wisdom you live by?: Live life to the fullest !!

What is your ultimate goal in life? : My main goals I would say, is finishing school and being successful. Next would be to definitely (this is a must, this is something I’ve always wanted to do ) my mom loved giving back whether it was sponsoring kids in need, anything!! So I would like to continue her work and give back to my motherland( cameroon) build orphanages, not only that offer financial help to those in need, working on innovating and advancing the healthcare system.

How have you been during the pandemic and how has it affected you? : I’ve been okay, it doesn’t mean I don’t have days where Iam tired, lazy or don’t want to do anything . Iam naturally a homebody so being in quarantine and lockdown was not a major downside for me. I think what has been hard for me an other maybe first year students is online school , not having the full first year of university experience of being on campus and doing activities is a big regret for many of us, but our safety and well being comes before our wants and needs so I do understand why we couldn’t be on campus.

What is a message you would like to give others? : Remembering to be kind always. One thing I enjoy doing is making those around me happy, I always tend to say it’s my job not because I have too but because I want too. When others are happy it makes my heart happy. So I think it is important no matter if you know that person or not, regardless if that person has hurt you and treated you badly, be kind in all aspects of your life always remember that !!

What else would you like to tell others about you or your life?: Not a lot than to appreciate life and to appreciate being alive. Life is not always rosy and nice it has its ups and downs , it’s part of this process called life, and to remember that every obstacle in life is for a reason. There is always light at the end of the tunnel. Life is beautiful and is worth living !!!!

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