Happy last day of September. This is the point in the term where I start to feel….sad….. except I don’t have time to be sad. I always like to cherish September to its fullest, since it’s such a “fresh” month (new courses, new year, new start, new commitments, new schedule, new EVERRRYYTHIIINGGG !). I also had my first midterm of my fourth year, which didn’t exactly go as intended…..but that’s okay, it’s still September, summer mode is still waning away. But not to worry, I have a couple more midterms this week, time for redemption? Maybe. I tried so hard to not fall behind in my readings this year, although this year I have A LOT of readings (probably because my courses this term reflect me being 60% Science-y and 40% Arts-y, as opposed to the usual 80-100% Science and 0-20% Arts). But yes, as I tried not to fall behind in my readings, I realized I was only caught up in my readings for one class….oops. I’m also taking this one course(oh degree requirements), which I took the pre-req of last year, I’m just so uninterested in it that it’s mentally and physically exhausting to actually pick up the textbook and read it – so therefore I neglect it, just like I did last year, except that posed to be an issue for the midterms, oops. So yes, I have just started to get into the routine of things, it was definitely a struggle for the first 2-3 weeks of classes, but I think I’m picking up the pieces and figuring out how to juggle my schedule. LET ME TELL YOU, the busier you keep yourself, the more efficiently you learn to do things in a timely manner – #learningexperiencez First and second year me had so much idle time(or at least I perceived to have enough time) to just casually scroll through my Facebook newsfeed every 5 minutes, now, not so much. I used to talk to people on Facebook chat and have conversations with them for hours…. I don’t think I’ve done that in MONTHS. I remember thinking it was old people(because at the time, in my mind, you would only be busy if you were old) that didn’t have time for Facebook….I have become that old person, at the ripe old age of 21, YIPPEE.
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.
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.
A lot has been happening, back to that crazy life with midterms and other things, but on the bright side, it’s reading break next week, YAY! We were also in for some crazy weather(inclusive of snow), but I think that warning has been lifted to a lighter weather system hitting Vancouver. And don’t get me started on the weather we’ve had for the past week or so…..below freezing temperatures with blue sky and sun to deceive you from bundling up, weeeooo – but I’m not complaining, it didn’t rain.
What’s been happening in February? Neknoms and Flappy Bird.
In my opinion, I think that this whole neknom drinking thing is completely out of hand and just stupid. Why would you post a video of yourself careless indulging in alcohol, to Facebook/Youtube/social media in general? What part of that seems any bit professional? If your future employer were to get their hands on that, I’m sure you’d get a job IMMEDIATELY. Not only that, but some people aren’t aware of what their limits are, and the consequences are dangerous, even fatal. A better series of ‘neknoms’ would be to do something that has purpose and would benefit other people, something like a ‘pay it forward’ act. If drinking alcohol can spread, why can’t good deeds also spread like wildfire? I’m sure you’d feel better doing something that would benefit another person rather than chugging 4 cans of beer in front of a camera(which isn’t benefitting your liver). Plus, drowning yourself in alcohol while sitting in front of a camera really isn’t that attractive.
Flappy Bird – R.I.P.
Who knew that a bird with wings(as opposed to birds without wings….?) flying through pipes could be so addicting? But if you got rid of the game due to rage, sadly, that’s the end of that.
They say whatever you do on January 1st, you’ll continue doing every single day that year….let’s see if that proves to be true…
After much reflective contemplation, I’ve decided that 2013 wasn’t really a stand out year. It was a somewhat emotional year where I partially lost myself, then slowly got back onto the right track and re-gained the confidence that I once lost, or maybe never even had. I welcomed people into my life that probably should have stayed out(boooo!), I unintentionally pushed people away that I should have pulled closer(another boooo!) …but at the same time, I allowed people into my life that helped set my life where it should be and made me realize who’s welcome, and who’s not(yay!). I’ve constantly realized how important it is to surround yourself with people that genuinely care about you and want to help you move forward and bring up your confidence, not knock down your self-esteem. I’ve also had encounters with people who allegedly claim to be on your side, and allegedly CLAIM that they’re always looking out for you and always want the best for you when really, they’re just trying to make themselves look good with underlying ill-minded, selfish, backstabbing intentions – honey, this ain’t middle school. I highly encourage everyone to stay away from people like that, trust me, it makes life so much better to relieve yourself of that, plus it’s probably better for your health.
On a side note in reference to this whole blogging thing, it’s getting so much harder to conceal my identity…I feel like I talk about a lot of things to people which means I most likely wouldn’t post about it on here..which is my explanation for posting A LOT less than I used to…bittersweet. In first year I would blog about first year courses and what life on residence was like and a lot of events that were very much geared towards first year students….now that I’m in third year, my courses are more specialized and it’s seemingly much harder to talk about things(school,involvement, life, etc) in a general way that wouldn’t reveal who I am.
Anyway, putting everything that should stay behind, behind; here’s to a fresh start and a new year filled with new friends to meet, old friends to cherish, new experiences to live, new memories to make, and great things to come.
There’s a chipper old fat guy with a velvety red suit coming around fer ya. So you better watch out. There isn’t even a trace of snow on the ground from last week’s snowfall, how unfortunate. But hey, at least it’s not supposed to be gloomily raining on Christmas, that’s always nice, right? Sadly, I’m feeling SLIGHTLY under the weather, not entirely sure where I got this bug from, but I’ll be okay I think. (Y)
Anyway, I can’t believe that it’s already Christmas Eve, the time I’ve been at home has just been going by so fast, in about 11-ish days, I’ll be back at UBC @_@
What have I been up to?
- watching movies, lots and lots of movies
- debating on whether or not I should get hooked onto some TV series
- laundry(as per always)
- eating more than I should (but that’s A-okay, it’s like they say, calories don’t count over the holidays – but for me, the entire year is a holiday in that case. 😀 )
- applying for jobs for the summer (doing all those grown up things…..whaaat)
- SLEEPING (more than I should, but I’m taking in all the sleep I can get)
- watching YouTube videos(nothing new there, BUT I feel less guilty when I watch them now than during the term when I watch them to drown my sorrows from school (Y) )
- I’ve also come to the realization that there are so many courses that I want to take at UBC, but time won’t allow me to do so unless I take an extra year to graduate….whiiiich doesn’t seem very practical to have a semester or two just to take electives……
- being with my famjam ❤ because I love them
Over halfway into December and this is my first post. I am finally done with my first term finals….phew. It was a rollercoaster ride of stress, frantic frenzy, motivation, willpower, annoyance, and a whole lot of crazy and losing my mind. BUT NOW IT’S OVER, and I hope for the best for when my grades come out. Now there’s a week left before Christmas…I didn’t even notice December flying by. I’m not a fan of Glee, but this got me through my exams with some Christmas cheer.
Now I want some snow.
LOVE. Never disappointed.
Nothing. Which is what I’ve been up to tonight, mainly because the weather outside tells me I should stay inside, and I would have been productive(like watching pointless videos online and figuring out some course stuff for next term and next year and just surfing the net about life) buuuuttt it took forever to update my computer. I have a surplus of excitement over the fact that I just changed the colour of my highlight on my computer to turquoise from the green that it used to be… Anyway, while I was waiting for my computer to update itself, I made some paper snowflakes, it’s therapeutic I tell you!
Happy halfway through November! I am officially done with midterms and labs and whatever other “major” things I had to do for my courses. It’s been a trek of an academic journey this term, I can’t remember the last time I was midterm-free. It’s like a huge weight has been taken off of my shoulders and I now have time to actually take care of the other things I’ve been meaning to do (ie., relax a little more than usual, not be frantically frenzied 24/7, learn about the wooorlldd, and oh yeah, trying to find some sort of a job for this coming summer). I’ve been thinking about research quite a bit lately(I would have laughed at the idea of me doing research if you had asked me this 6 months ago – although I don’t want a career doing research, because that’s just not me), but I haven’t fully been able to focus on it to foster a specific idea as to what I’d be interested IN researching(although I do have a VAGUE idea of the general field that I’m interested in). Over the past two months I have learned a great deal about myself, and my abilities and this has really helped me to figure out what I truly want to do. The general theme of what I’ve wanted to do has been the same for years and years, but it’s been as of recent that I’ve been able to shape the specifics. It’s like all the small pieces are coming together and slowly forming a larger picture, which is absolutely excellent. FACT: blasting One Direction while studying to block out all the background noise from people and whatever else is annoying, absolutely BRILLIANT #noshame #theymotivateme