Hardly Partying, or Partying Hard?

I have received the questions: “How do you study with the party scene UBC has?” “Do you find it hard to focus on your studies with all the parties going on?” etc etc etc., many many times. My answer to the second one is a flat out: NO. As any other university, parties DO exist at UBC(shocking, no not really), I’m not going to lie and say “Oh yeah, UBC is full of people studying 24/7 and that’s all they ever do, so no parties here” – that’s a load of cow feces, and everyone knows that. Of course there are parties here and it’s ultimately your choice as to how involved in the party scene you’d like to be. UBC has a competitive enough atmosphere for it to have people that are focused on studies and their academic career, to not distract you via parties. It’s cool to go have fun when you can, but if you don’t want to/don’t think you can afford to lose time in that way, then don’t, it’s as easy as that. If you’re constantly being nagged and pressured to go party with friends, to the point of it being a distraction, then stop hanging around them if they aren’t willing to respect your decisions. Go find yourself some new friends that are similarly goal oriented as you and will influence you in a positive manner. Some people can party all night long, every night and still pull off some miraculously fantastic grades, while others, cannot do that, i.e., partying all the time and then ending up on Academic Probation(you do not want that). Your main priority at university is to study and succeed academically, if you don’t put your studies first then you may have to face some unfavourable consequences(this is not a myth). Find the perfect balance that works for you with studying and socializing, you may end up making a few mistakes along the way, but take those as learning experiences. Just don’t hesitate to say no to other people, remember, do what’s right for you, not what is seen as “right” in the eyes of your peers. You’re out to impress grad/post grad schools(if that’s in your education line), not those around you with the party scene.  

Here Today, Gone Tomorrow

The end of a school year is rather bittersweet for most people. The sweet part – it’s summer, you’re thrilled to be done with school, and hoping that all your “hard work” has paid off and that you end up with favourable final results; and then the bitter part – the goodbyes, especially to those living far away from you and those that won’t be returning to your school in the fall. I have never been good at goodbyes, I hate them, hate hate hate hate hate. I used to think that it was just easier to just leave without any form of acknowledgement of a farewell – but no, I was wrong. Finding out that someone is leaving is probably one of the most heartbreaking things to hear. Over the past month, I have felt like people are coming into my life and leaving it like rapid fire. Why, I ask myself. Why aren’t people there to stay? The only ‘conclusion’ I’ve come up with is that people come into your life for a reason, maybe it’s to set your path straight, or for some motivation or inspiration, or for you to appreciate yourself more and to help you find your self worth, or maybe it’s something else. Then, once what they needed to do is done, their time is up for one reason or another, and before you know it, they’re leaving – or so that’s how it’s felt for me lately. 
This whole second term has been an “eye opening” term, and I would probably consider it my best term(on a WIDE spectrum of things , ie., academically, socially, personally, emotionally, etc etc etc) in the 2 years I’ve been at UBC. I’ve learned a lot about myself through people I’ve met/”re”-met. I’ve shut myself in…and out..and I’ve realized things about myself which I should have figured out long ago. I’ve been the happiest I’ve been in a long time, and probably even the most emotionally confused I’ve been in a while. I’m thankful for certain people that I’ve met this term and those that have stuck beside me and my ups and downs; without most of them, I wouldn’t have had that “push” that I needed in order to carry on with things and gain the motivation that I had to just complete the term and get on with life. Regardless of all that, I’m at that point where I can “quote” Bob Marley and say ‘Don’t worry about a thing, ’cause every little thing gonna be all right.’

 

SECOND YEAR PLAYLIST.

  1.  A Drop In The Ocean – Ron Pope
  2. Fireflies – Ron Pope
  3. One Grain of Sand – Ron Pope
  4. Our Song – Ron Pope
  5. Good Time – Owl City & Carly Rae Jepsen 
  6. How We Do (Party) – Rita Ora
  7. Brokenhearted – Karmin
  8. There She Goes – Taio Cruz
  9. Ships in the Night – Mat Kearney
  10. Chasing Satellites – Thomas Fiss 
  11. We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together – Taylor Swift
  12. All Too Well – Taylor Swift
  13. Stay Stay Stay – Taylor Swift
  14. 22 – Taylor Swift
  15. Red – Taylor Swift
  16. I Knew You Were Trouble – Taylor Swift
  17. Starlight – Taylor Swift
  18. Begin Again – Taylor Swift
  19. Everything Has Changed – Taylor Swift ft. Ed Sheeran
  20. A-Team – Ed Sheeran
  21. Drunk – Ed Sheeran
  22. Lego House – Ed Sheeran
  23. Give Me Love – Ed Sheeran
  24. Hey Ho – The Lumineers
  25. Stubborn Love – The Lumineers
  26. Mountain Sound – Of Monsters and Men
  27. Little Talks – Of Monsters and Men
  28. Dirty Paws – Of Monsters and Men
  29. King and Lionheart – Of Monsters and Men
  30. Let Her Go – Passenger
  31. I Will Wait – Mumford & Sons
  32. Little Lion Man – Mumford & Sons
  33. White Blank Page – Mumford & Sons
  34. The Writer – Ellie Goulding
  35. Anything Could Happen – Ellie Goulding
  36. Your Song – Ellie Goulding
  37. Skinny Love – Birdy
  38. Wide Awake – Katy Perry
  39. Stay – Rihanna ft. Mikky Ekko
  40. Diamonds – Rihanna
  41. Mirrors – Justin Timberlake
  42. Feel This Moment – Pitbull ft. Christina Aguilera
  43. Daylight – Maroon 5
  44. One More Night – Maroon 5
  45. Don’t Wake Me Up – Chris Brown
  46. Princess of China – Coldplay & Rihanna (although this should technically have been on last year’s, but oh well)
  47. On Top of the World – Imagine Dragons
  48. It’s Time – Imagine Dragons
  49. I Can Only Imagine – David Guetta, Lil Wayne, Chris Brown
  50. Pretty Girls – IYAZ (IYAZ and I, we just go way back 😛 )
  51. Let’s Go – Calvin Harris & Ne-Yo
  52. Beauty And A Beat – Justin Bieber ft. Nicky Minaj (don’t judge)
  53. Marilyn Monroe – Nicky Minaj
  54. Carry On – Fun
  55. Some Nights – Fun
  56. Just Give Me A Reason – P!nk ft. Nate Ruess
  57. Try – P!nk
  58. Faster – Matt Nathanson
  59. Run – Matt Nathanson ft. Sugarland
  60. Modern Love – Matt Nathanson
  61. Sweet Nothing – Calvin Harris ft. Florence Welch
  62. Don’t You Worry Child – Swedish House Mafia
  63. Chelsea – The Summer Set
  64. Troublemaker – Olly Murs ft. Flo Rida
  65. Alive – Krewella
  66. Here’s To Never Growing Up – Avril Lavigne (I will like ANY new Avril Lavigne song, it’s a given)
  67. Cups – Anna Kendrick
  68. Euphoria – Loreen
  69. Catch My Breath – Kelly Clarkson
  70. Thriftshop – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
  71. Say You Like Me – We The Kings
  72. The World Is Ours – Eleven Past One (I’m a sucker for boybands) 
  73. Remember When (Push Rewind) – Chris Wallace
  74. I’ll Be There – Chris Wallace
  75. Inner Ninja – Classified ft. David Myles (I think these guys are so awkward in the video, but it’s great anyway!) 
  76. Heart Attack – Demi Lovato
  77. Kiss You – One Direction ( can’t get enough of these guys…)
  78. Summer Vibe – Walk Off the Earth
  79. Red Hands – Walk Off the Earth
  80. It’s A Beautiful Day – Michael Bublé
  81. Kiss Goodnight – Tyler Shaw
  82. Keep Your Head Up – Andy Grammar 
  83. Sweet Serendipity – Lee DeWyze 
  84. Harlem Shake – Baauer (only for the memories)
  85. Best Day of My Life – American Authors
  86. Gangnam Style – PSY (I’m basically mentally forced to put this on here, this year’s ‘playlist’ wouldn’t be complete without it)

I did one of these last year too –> Year One – PLAYLIST soo I decided to do one this year too! I KNOW I haven’t covered every song from this year on here yet, but I will continue to add more as I remember more 😛 Some of these are from the summer, so rather than combining stuff from next summer into next year’s playlist, I’ll probably just do a separate summer one, otherwise these will just end up going on foreverrr..weeooo yay. Although these aren’t in any particular order, the first 35 ish songs are strictly from the summer – the end of first term – couldn’t get enough of Ron Pope, Ed Sheeran or Taylor Swift. Apparently my music taste has changed…considering I’ve turned more towards the “indie-pop” style this year, who would have guessed I would have strayed from my typical mainstream music taste, huh. 

Wrapped Up With a Bow.

Zero blogging during exams, clearly you could tell that I was focused on school, right? 😛 But here’s a fact: apparently my view count on here just SOARS when I don’t write posts? Wait, what? How? Definitely spent countless hours at Irving over the past few weeks. I swear this exam period was just exaggeratedly long in my mind.  
I finished second year yesterday, but didn’t end up making a post since I decided to just take the day off, you know, relax a little bit – take advantage of the fact that I had nothing to do, although, I won’t lie, it didn’t end on as happy of a note as I had hoped it to(in a non academic sense), but whatever, sometimes you just can’t let life get in the way of things. On the “bright” side of things, the weather has been gorgeous for the past few days(see how punny I was?) But yes, either way, I’m just thrilled to be done and back at home. I feel a tad bit “lost” since it’s engraved in my mind that I need to study, like, all the time, but I actually don’t…because I have nothing TO study right now….. I feel like I’ve become OCD about studying now…
-.- The past few weeks have been a complete blur to me…. sleep-study-eat-study-study-study-sleep-study-sleep-eat-eat-eat-study-study-study-study…and it just goes on and on and on. Most people gain weight during finals, I think I lost weight – burning calories while studying. That’s okay though, I’ll just gain back what I lost with my momma’s home-cooked food, I deserve it.
I don’t think I felt very “emotional” this year with the exam period finally coming to an end, it just got to that point where I was just exhausted and just wanted to go back home/relax. Of course I’m going to miss my friends that I won’t be seeing for another four months, but at the same time, I just hate goodbyes. Goodbyes just bring forth unnecessary sadness….that may sound like a terrible thing to say, but I feel like the bigger deal you make out of something, the worse it becomes, emotionally, you know what I’m saying?
Marks are supposed to get released in a couple hours…I’m terrified to be frankly honest. I just hope for good results, as I hope for good results for the rest of you as well. 

 

I Guess That’s That.

It just hit me when I woke up this morning that yesterday was indeed LDOC(Last Day of Classes). Can I hashtag that bittersweet feeling. The Block Party was yesterday, it was a muddy rainy mess, but in a good way I guess. I’m curious as to how MacInnes field looks like now… probably disastrous. Why do they gotta tear it all down? 😦 I must say, in regards to Block Party, I was slightly disappointed that K’naan didn’t perform Wavin’ Flag….WHY DID THAT NOT HAPPEN?! The one song that literally made his worldwide existence known. I still can’t get over that. All I can say is that it was intense and crazy and maybe I would do it all over again next year. Last year’s Block Party had a different vibe to it, despite the fact that I was “only” 18 then and couldn’t even get into the fenced in mosh pit area, it was still fun, plus the weather was fantastic and just stellar overall.
I realized something, I definitely don’t feel as sad in first term when I finish my courses, in first term my attitude is: GET ‘ER DONE, AND GO HOME. In second term..I feel as though the tears are going to start rolling down my face from some sentimental attachment…that final applause at the end of all your classes on the last day…it just gets to me. I guess it’s just the fact that after first term, you know you’ll be back in just 2-3 weeks, and once you’re done second term you’re basically done a whole year and won’t see a lot of your friends for 4 months, and then some people part ways and change paths….sigh. I think I was more sad when I finished my first year of university than I was when I graduated high school(and I spent a good 5 years with basically the same people, and I was certain that I wasn’t going to be able to hold myself together for grad, but I was fine). First year of university is definitely an experience in itself.  I STILL genuinely miss the social aspect of first year, and living in first year residence; it’s insane how close you can grow towards people that you live with, in 8 months. It warms my heart when I run into certain people that I lived with last year, it’s like seeing family you haven’t seen in a long time. Sentimental, sentimental, sentimental. Hate growing up. Well the next 2.5 weeks are going to be an exploding bottle of cray but I can do it. It’ll be good. Good luck to me, and good luck to you.

Random catchy song that’s been stuck in my head since last night. 

March Madness brings April Anxiety

Finals begin next week, I’m nowhere near ready for those. 😥 My streak of concentration and focus has diminished. Bad timing, as always. There’s something about April exams that just doesn’t fly too well with me. 4 months of school isn’t a very long time, but at the same time, it is. I need solitary confinement and I need it NOW, or else it will be too late. sob.