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From International Student to Registered Massage Therapist Meet gitika gitika, a hard working 23-year-old woman

The struggles in the life of international students are real. If you want to meet a woman who is strong and passionate about her work, after many struggles, meet Gitika Gikita.

Gitika Gitika, a registered massage therapist in her clinic on July 3, 2020.

She is a 23-year-old woman living in a north east community in Calgary, AB.

She came to Canada in 2015, at that time she had just graduated from high school.

At the age of 18 she came to Canada with dreams to settle and start her career. But, she has faced many struggles.

Her leisure time activity is to watch tv and Netflix.

“It was hard to find a basic standard job to survive around as I was pretty new and have no experience,” said Gitika Gitika, who is now a registered massage therapist.

“[I had] no Canadian experience, so it was like hard to find a job. Wherever I was going they be like you need to have a Canadian experience to get a job and it was hard to survive around without a new job in here.”

Gitika Gitika, a registered massage therapist in her clinic on July 3, 2020.

She said her goal in life is to get a higher degree that she is trying to pursue and get a good job.

She has two jobs at different locations but she has complications in her immigration work. After five years she got a refusal on her file. She was very upset.

However, she is a very brave Indian woman and she still stood up again to try one more time.

She is living without her parents and she never asks them for money because it is hard for them to pay. For her tuition fee she used to work at the airport as a cleaner on night shifts.

"She is a full-time massage therapist at Sewa Physiotherapy,” said Gopal Krishan Saini, owner of Sewa Physiotherapy. “She is hardworking, knowledgeable, friendly and know her job best.”

Gitika Gitika, a registered massage therapist in her clinic on July 3, 2020.

“She is working for our clinic for two years. She manages everything almost and building a good clientele for our business,” said Saini.

She is working at two locations, one is Arora Beauty and Wellness and another is Sewa Physiotherapy, a massage clinic.

Some times she has to handle difficult clients. She manages it by good communication skills so that she explains herself to them and she understands them properly. She is doing eight clients back to back in a day.

"She is always on time, dressed up, ready to take clients on time,” said Jyoti Arora, a client of Gitika. "She is really good and I think you should go and take a massage for her.”

Gitika Gitika, a registered massage therapist in her clinic on July 3, 2020.

“She is pretty busy it’s not really easy to get her appointments, if you want to appointment today you won’t get it but I always wait to go with her for my massage,” said Arora.

She had applied for her Permanent Residence. All of a sudden due to COVID-19 the application was rejected, for now it is hard to get residency and go for a goal that she has.

Gitika Gitika, a registered massage therapist in her clinic on July 3, 2020.

The advice she wants to give other international students is that “we might need to be very conscious of the rules and stuff because they can be changed at any time so make sure we have been updated by our self by the Canada official website.”