It boggles my mind to think that it was only three years ago that I started my life at Glendon. It has flown by so quickly! Each year has been so unique and special in its own way.
In first year, I tried extra-curriculars which was something I never did in high school. As a result, I became part of Glendon Model United Nations and I also worked with my Don and other residents on my floor to plan social events for our house. In second year, I was a D-Frosh for the first time and was able to provide incoming students with the warm welcome that I received when I first moved in.
In third year, I tried co-hosting on Radio Glendon and actually started my own radio show with a fellow eAmbassador Michelle. Read up on our show and find out when our show will be starting here: https://www.facebook.com/the411withbecksandmichelle
And now, it’s Fourth year. WHAT.
As the new school year begins, I’ve been asking myself what should I do to make it the most positive and enjoyable year I could possibly have. I thought about goals that covered academics, living on campus, living in Toronto, and being the relatively normal human that I am.
1) Take care of myself:
I have experienced three years of university life now and I think I’ve finally figured it out that in the midst of working on campus, being involved in extra-curriculars, academics and standing in the Tim’s line, self-care and taking time for yourself is essential. Even if it’s a nap during the day or allotting yourself some time in the evening to watch an episode of our favourite show with a yummy snack, these are steps that you can take to break up the day and to give yourself some time to breathe.
2) Go to the gym (No really, Beckie)
I’ve said it every year and I’ve never really stuck to it but I am going to try my best to make time for the gym this year. Glendon students get to take advantage of the Glendon Athletic Club with an annual membership of just $15! It offers a pool, group exercise classes, a weight and cardio room and more. You can find more information about the GAC here: http://www.glendon.yorku.ca/gac/english/index.php
3) Explore the city
I live in residence and sometimes I forget that there is a whole city outside of our campus. We’re just one bus ride away from Lawrence Station on the Yonge-Spadina line. I visited Ripley’s Aquarium a few weekends ago and loved every second of it. Just last weekend, my friends and I went to Roundhouse Park near Union Station for a free concert! This weekend I’ll be in music heaven – I’m seeing Ed Sheeran at the ACC (Air Canada Centre) tonight and Sam Smith at the Kool Haus on Sunday! WHAT.
4) Go to the events on and off campus that interest me
This year, I really want to make an effort. If I see a poster or a Facebook ad for an event that sparks my interest, I want to try my best to go. I’m planning to go to the Back To School pub night tonight but it is important to note that there are also alternative events that are planned for Thursdays nights. For example, the alternative event for tonight is Snakes and Lattes held in the Lunik Cafe. There is also the Homecoming Festival at the Keele campus this weekend. There will be a Homecoming Pre-Game and a YorkU college festival – not entirely sure what it’ll entail but I’ll find out soon enough!
5) Get to know my profs better
One of Glendon’s best qualities that I love is that professors and TA’s get to know you by name (so long as you make the effort for them to find out what your name is). This year I really want to make an effort to participate more in class. Getting to know your professors and TA’s is a great way to make connections that you may need if graduate school or law school is in your future!
Comment and let me know what your goals are for this school year. You can tweet me @beckielhgl if you have any questions.
I’ll be posting every Thursday, see you then!