As The Summer Sun Slowly Sets…

High-five for alliteration. WOO!

In approximately 6 days I will be starting the last first day of school of my undergrad – very likely the last first day of my UBC educational career. “How do you feel about that?” :| sighs for days.
I love UBC, and from all my past posts, especially from my first and second year, one can tell that I absolutely love this place. I looked up the hashtag UBC on Instagram and feelings of nostalgia is what I drowned in when I saw the results. First years with pictures of their student cards all excited to start their university careers…and I’m all “take me back”. First year was wonderful, all the hype and excitement, I could bring that all back up again if I wanted to. Starting fourth year on the other hand has a different kind of “excitement” boiling up in me. To be honest, I just feel old. Feelings of “been there, done that” surround me constantly, but no, I still have so much more to experience and I have approximately 8 months to immerse myself in the unknowns I have yet to know. #UBCbucketlist

Now that school starts in less than a week, the campus is starting to buzz again, people actually exist…this is a slow preparation for when classes actually start and you have to maze your way through 100s and 100s of students going in every which way – something I am NOT looking forward to, but that hustle and bustle on Main Mall by the fountain in between each class, that’s one of the things that make UBC what it is, “a place of mind.” Oh, the irony.

Places to avoid for the next three weeks if you don’t want to get trampled on: Bookstore + SUB and its vicinities. 

I Really Do Try…

…to keep up with posts on this blog. But that’s not working out very well. Ultimately, I want to try to blog as much as possible in my fourth, and final year of my undergrad (EEEEEEEKKK!). Anyway, while we’re at it….I’ve been thinking about life, the future, etc. consistently for the past couple months. To be honest, it’s scary. High school used to be that “safe” place once upon a time…then university became that new “safe” place….and once you’re in the “real world” where’s your “safe” place? We keep getting introduced to these little portions of time that we come to define as our “safe” places…but they never seem to be constant. New experiences can be scary, and so many things can seem uncertain until you establish yourself within your goals and dreams.
I wanted the summer to go by as slow as possible…that’s  not working out in my favour…July is almost over. I’ve lost all concept of time…because time just keeps fast forwarding. I know August will be a month of craziness and I’m not sure if I’m QUITE ready for that. It feels like just yesterday that I was a 17 year-old anxiously anticipating her residence assignment for her first year of university…and now look at me…I’m ‘dreading'(I could have used a better word) the start of my last year of undergrad. Although time has gone by fast, I’ve changed as a person and matured and experienced things I never knew I would. I’ve fought against getting consumed by the world and its desires, I’ve gotten lost in my own goals and dreams, and I’ve also tried to live the dreams of others while trying to find myself. It’s been a mixture of struggles and successes, sandwiched between emotions and memories. It’s a lot less scarier when you have the right people standing by your side, while you both experience similar roller coasters of experiences and emotions. There will always be uncertainties as you face the future, but you have to emphasize your life on what is certain and then slowly step into uncertainties as they slowly become stabilized certainties. Regardless of how alone you might feel when it comes to facing the future, you’re never alone and you need to have that fact solidified in your head – you and thousands….millions…billions… of others are in it together. In it to face life, one step at a time. I just need to keep reminding myself of that instead of getting so caught up about what’s going to happen 6 months from now. BREATHE. Think about the present. Living in the present allows you to prepare yourself for the future.  

Third Year Playlist

It’s baaackkkk. These songs are in no particular order….and there are probably more(there definitely ARE more), so I will probably keep adding more…. 

  1. Boomerang – The Summer Set
  2. Maybe Tonight – The Summer Set 
  3. Wake Me Up – Avicii 
  4. Hey Brother – Avicii
  5. Made in the USA – Demi Lovato
  6. Kids – MGMT
  7. Anything – Hedley
  8. Wild Life – Hedley
  9. Dreaming’s For Sleeping – Hedley 
  10. Crazy For You – Hedley
  11. This is What it Feels like – Armin van Buuren ft Trevor Guthrie 
  12. Chocolate – The 1975
  13. Girls – The 1975
  14. Wrecking Ball – Miley Cyrus
  15. We Can’t Stop – Miley Cyrus
  16. Dark Horse – Katy Perry
  17. Roar – Katy Perry
  18. By The Grace of God – Katy Perry
  19. Cactus in the Valley – Lights ft. Owl City
  20. Live It Up- Owl City
  21. Burn – Ellie Goulding
  22. Best I Ever Had – Gavin DeGraw
  23. Make A Move – Gavin DeGraw
  24. Holes – Passenger 
  25. Sweeter Than Fiction – Taylor Swift
  26. Siren – Kat Krazy ft. Elkka
  27. Timber – Ke$ha ft. Pitbull
  28. Wild Life – Hedley
  29. Dreaming’s For Sleeping – Hedley
  30. Tennis Court – Lorde
  31. Royals – Lorde
  32. Team – Lorde 
  33. Beneath Your Beautiful by Labrinth ft. Emeli Sande
  34. Story of My Life – One Direction
  35. Diana – One Direction 
  36. Girlfriend – Icona Pop
  37. Come Back Down – Greg Laswell ft. Sara Bareilles 
  38. Naive – The Kooks
  39. Radioactive – Rita Ora
  40. Popular Song  – MIKA ft. Ariana Grande
  41. Play With Fire – Andrew Allen
  42. We Are Stars – Virginia to Vegas ft. Alyssa Reid 
  43. John Doe – B.o.B ft Priscilla
  44. Wild Wild Love – Pitbull ft. G.R.L
  45. All of Me – John Legend 
  46. Safe and Sound – Capital Cities 
  47. The Monster – Eminem ft. Rihanna 
  48. Hold On, We’re Going Home – Drake
  49. Don’t You Worry Child – Swedish House Mafia
  50. Classic – MKTO
  51. Stay The Night – Zedd ft. Hayley Williams 
  52. Rude – MAGIC! 
  53. Don’t Kill the Magic – MAGIC!
  54. Pompeii – Bastille 
  55. Am I Wrong – Nico & Vinz 
  56. Talk Dirty – Jason Derulo 
  57. Summer – Calvin Harris
  58. Mirrors – Justin Timberlake 
  59. Timber – Pitbull ft. Kesha 
  60. Happy – Pharrell

Three Years Later, Now We Here.

Yes. Exactly three years ago, to the hour, I was going through random UBC blogs(UBC Blog Squad blogs as well as regular WordPress blogs of UBC students) and came across Carly Wong’s first blog – how many blogs does a girl need? (but go check out this one while you’re at it.. http://carlywongv2.wordpress.com/ ) …because what other method of procrastination did a soon to be first year UBC student have? Especially when they should have been studying for their Biology 12 Provincial Exam? And to procrastinate even more, that 12th grader decided to start her OWN blog – whoa. Then this happened. 
I know I haven’t been blogging very much, but regardless of that, I’ve been getting lots of questions on here from soon to be first years and I’m extremely happy that I am able to pass on my knowledge to you all! :) It’s like reliving my pre-first year excitement. Which makes me move onto my next point….I’m going into fourth year. HA HA ha…ha..wait what. That’s some scary stuff right there, so I refuse to delve deeper into that topic, I’m still a bit touchy about it, so I have nothing more to say about that at this current moment.

As per always(is that even a proper phrase? I don’t know, but we’ll go with it), I do have the intention of blogging more frequently, it just isn’t happening apparently…..but the busyness that is life has died down a tad bit as of today, so maybe I will get back onto that…..so, peace.

Third Year Overview, When I Grow Up.

Now that it’s summer, I figured I should probably make a post on here….since last month was completely hectic. One may think that they have an excellent exam schedule….until they realize how much time they’ve wasted, resulting in very little time to study, hence the solution is to cram and study like you’ve never studied before. BUT, sometimes, that cramming thing actually works because you’re so determined and desperate to do well on your finals. And sometimes, you think you know nothing, but apparently all that cramming you did transferred useful information into your head, which translated in actually knowing things for your finals. Check please.  My week of finals in a nutshell = a drunk blur (substituting alcohol with academic knowledge stuff). I don’t remember much except for pages and pages of notes and countless hours spent in pseudo-solitude…because it got to a point where all my friends were done with their exams and I was still going…(that was slightly depressing). 

ENOUGH of that. 
It’s summer, and I’m enjoying every minute of doing nothing related to school – although that won’t be lasting for too long since I’m doing summer school, because I just LOVE school that much and CANNOT get enough of it. *mylife* 
I’m more excited than one would expect me to be, about the World Cup – yes, I actually watch soccer, be surprised. 

SO.
I can’t believe that I’m actually done third year…this is mind blowing. Who knew I would make it this far, not me. It’s weird to me to think  that just 3 years ago, I was still in grade 12….’ready’ to graduate from high school and ready to enter a new chapter of my life that would be called UBC. Now in approximately one year, I will be graduating from UBC – WWHHHAAAAAAAAAAT?!?!? I’m not even ready to talk about that. Be warned all you future first years, your undergrad goes by at the speed of light.
I can hands down say that this was probably one of the best years of my undergrad(apart from first year…really wasn’t too fond of second year, it was okay). This year was a year of learning and independence. This year gave me a sense of  purpose I hadn’t felt before and shaped me as a person through experiences and the people I chose to surround myself with. Second term of this year was probably my favourite, I got closer to a lot of people and met lots of new people that I was really able to connect with on many levels – people that would be with me as I progressed. I think I matured a lot this past year, and well, maturing is a great thing in life – makes you feel old, but it’s real. As a result, my way of thinking has evolved and the way I approach situations and circumstances has also changed. It has allowed me to gain a broader perspective on life(actually), and actually apply the knowledge I’ve gained through various interactions. I hate to say this, but I almost feel like an adult…it’s weird. Looking back since I graduated high school when I was basically a ‘kid’, it boggles me how much I’ve changed as a person. Seventeen year old me and twenty year old me are NOT the same. We may ‘look’ the same, but we do not ‘think’ the same  – experience changes people, and it’s weird, but in a cool way. Experience allows you to let go of people that probably shouldn’t stay in your life, and hold on to the ones that do belong by your side.

LDOC take 3

Well today was the last day of classes. It was much less anti-climatic than the last day of first term (makes sense). 
I have quite a bit of time before my first final, so I have all these goals and desires of how I’m going to study for my finals….and then time flies by and the night before my final, I’ll go into panic mode and it’s just chummy(what?) from there on. 
So here’s my salute to finals. PEACE. 

I thought I should…

It took quite the disciplined process to start writing this post. 
A week ago, I figured that I should probably write a post, because like I said, I have quite a few ideas planned out for posts……..but then that didn’t happen. So yesterday, I decided “this is going to be the day that I finally write another post” ….that also didn’t happen. Alas, this evening, I said “this WILL be the day that I finally write another post”…and to ensure that I would write one, at approximately 10:23 pm I set my phone alarm to go off at 11:35 pm. My original plan was to buckle down and study as I had set the alarm, but of course, just as you’re about to do something relatively responsible and important, the world turns against you(i.e., you get hungry, so you eat something salty….and then all of a sudden you get really thirsty……then just as you quench your thirst, your bladder wants all the attention turned to its needs…aannndd…you get the gist of it) – and then at approximately 11:31 pm(after watching more than a few clips from The Ellen Show)..I decided to turn off my alarm, brush my teeth, and get this blogging going. Productive? Exactly. 

So it’s that time of year again….where UBC starts harassing you with Course Evaluation surveys(which by the way you really should take the time to genuinely and sincerely fill out!)……which ties in with this being the last full week of classes. OHMYGOLLYSHISHKEBABS. My finals don’t start for another few weeks…BUT….this is wrapping up my third year. It’s getting real yo. Half a year from now, I’ll be busily juggling school, commitments, and grad school applications………..wait, WHAT??!?! Scary stuff. First year and second year are ‘easy’ breezy beautiful as you breeze through life…then third year hits you and you’re all “hmm..the real world is probably going to come slap me in the face soon..” …and yeah. Breathe. Take it all in. And release. So that’s my life. I’m taking this last full week, slowly and steadily….taking it all in…each and every second. So apart form that, how’s school going? It’s going…..there’s one course that I absolutely despise against, and it’s the course I’m the most worried for…so it’s causing a ‘little’ anxiety whenever I think about the final. Other than that, I just finished my last midterm of the term last week, and now I just have a couple papers due, and then it’s time for that finals grind. #librarylockdowntime 
And, how’s life going? It’s going well. I’m happy, and hopefully you’re happy too(if you’re not, you should be), so that makes us all happy.
I should probably go to bed now so that I’m awake and energized to take in the beauuutiful day that is tomorrow (it comes with sunshine too!) 
With that, I leave you this lovely lovely song(which you probably should already know of) that will send shivers down your back, because that’s how beautiful it is.