I Was This Close to Going Back

I was one lucky guy. They called and said I’d gotten the job, and that I could start the next day if I wanted to.

For me, once you travel, you want to keep exploring the world. I came to Canada on exchange after high school and ended up in Edmonton. I fell in love with it: I learned to ice skate here, and the family I stayed with treated me like their own. I had my first white Christmas here. My dream was to get established in Edmonton.

I almost didn't make it though. I was running out of money and I'd had a good job in Mexico. The deal was that if I could not find a job in 1 month, I'd go back. And my parents were like, "You gave up everything: your job, your car, your friends." My father agreed to support me for 1 month: that was it.

I was one lucky guy; I got a call for an interview as an industrial engineer. They were interviewing 8 people and hiring 4. So nothing was for sure.

The interview was at a spot I couldn't get to by bus. And my car had no insurance or registration since I didn't have any money. So I called my dad and asked him to please deposit some money into my account. The next day I went by taxi to get the papers, and then, just before I was about to go, I realized the tires were flat, all four.

I barely made it.

A week later they called and said I'd gotten the job, and that I could start the next day if I wanted to. I felt awesome, so happy. I came here with a dream, and I was this close to going back. Now I have a house, a car, and have traveled different places. From having nothing to having something. It's perfect.

Play the third video below to hear Carlos Lopez's story in Spanish.
Ver el tercer video para eschuchar la historia de Carlos Lopez en espanol.


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Carlos Lopez is a 25-year old industrial engineer from Saltillo, Mexico. In his spare time he takes English classes, coaches a women's soccer team called the Sassy Sisters, and frequents the Oil City Roadhouse on Jasper Avenue. He is a country boy at heart.

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