Ode to Term One

2 months later. 
STILL alive.
It’s snowing. 
That makes me so happy. It’s perfect. It’s beautiful. It’s wonderful. It’s peaceful. It’s blissful. 
The next week is going to be hectic crazy for me with studying, I plan to do the morning-night study regime for the next week and a half. On the bright side, I’m done with exams fairly early..relatively speaking to my past exam schedules. 
But this term. This term was great. It lived up to the fourth year-ness academically for sure. I can’t believe I only have one more term of proper undergrad…CRAZY. 
I think usually my last week of classes is fairly low key, but this term, not so much, I felt like I had so much to do, it was never-ending, so hitting submit on the last assignment of this term was rather liberating. I actually love the first week of exams (if I don’t have an exam in the first couple days that is) because I actually like taking the entire day off to study…..because really, my one purpose in life for the next 12-13 days or so is to study my butt off. Don’t have any classes to go to, don’t have any other assignments to submit. Just eat, sleep, study, eat, sleep, study, study, sleep. and eat. with small breaks here and there.

And side note, there’s a freaking coyote roaming around on campus, and EVERYONE and their mother, have seen it, but not me. I have yet to see this coyote that everyone is taking pictures of.

One more side note. It’s Black Friday..and ever since my prof showed my class a video of Black Friday in the States, I don’t even want to experience it anymore…it’s half crossed off of my bucket list because I’d just, rather not. 

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. 

 

Crazies.

It’s strange to think that January is almost over…this month is going by way too fast and I’m really struggling to keep up with school and life. :S But it’s okay! Reading break is only like three weeks away…and then before you know it, term two will be over. It’s gonna happen and you know it. This whole being in third year thing is really rather frightening to me…sure I’ve been a third year for like 5 months now, but as it’s slowly reaching my year of graduation(2015), I feel like there’s SO much to do in such a short period of time, hello crunch time. I had debated on taking an extra year….but then I wasn’t sure if it was worth it to take an extra year or half a year just to do electives(that would be cool to do, and relaxing, buuuut…I feel like I should probably carry on with my future goals relating to academia without ‘wasting’ time – disclaimer: I don’t think education is ever a ‘waste’.). I’ve also decided to take a much needed ‘Facebook break’….meaning I’ll only check Facebook as needed and not have it open on my tabs 24/7 with a burning urge to check it whenever I see a notification – because that’s the reality of it. Now that I’m in third year, I don’t have any course groups on Facebook that I feel the need to constantly check (what a life that was in first and second year, Facebook groups saved me, thank you to all the intelligent people that always monitored the groups better than TAs on Vista/Connect discussion boards.). And whatever else I have groups for on Facebook don’t need to be constantly monitored, yay. Facebook breaks really do do wonders for you..it’s refreshing.  So that’s where it’s at now, and hopefully I start feeling better about everything.

Uh humm, that’s a wrap.

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. 

Sweet Nothing.

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