Why I’m really excited for 2015

Hey friends! It’s back to the school grind after the Christmas break where I spent too much time eating chocolate and too little time doing anything school-related (now I pay the price).

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It’s also a new year (captain obvious Becks here). People sometimes complain about those who find the new year as a way to start over but hey, people find reasons to complain about everything (me included). Nevertheless, I am really excited for 2015 for a few reasons:

1) I’m graduating: In September, I was really nervous about leaving Glendon because I am so comfortable here. But, I’m feeling that push now to take what Glendon has given me and apply it to my new graduate life. I don’t want to be in a rush to become a real life adult but I’m looking forward to what the future has in store for me. It could (hopefully) be more school or starting a new job. Speaking about school…

2) I’m not done: Over the Christmas break, I applied to two post-graduate certificate programs. They’re both in public administration and both have work-placement opportunities. I’ve been fortunate to work for the past two summers in a government and public sector summer student position so I’m almost certain that’s what I would like to be doing for my career. I haven’t heard back from them yet but I’m excited to find out what happens with them!

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3) 2014 is in the past: My Nan whom I was very close to passed away January 10th 2014 and so, 10 days into the new year 2014 became an awful year for me albeit there were exciting times like becoming a Canadian citizen. I wouldn’t say that I would like to put that event in the past for me because I’m still in a continuous grieving process which I’ve learned to experience and not push away or hide from but I am definitely optimistic about a new year. I am still in the grieving process and dealing with grief but I was proactive about it in 2014 (see post here) and I think I’m starting 2015 better because of it.

4) It’s a surprise: I still don’t know what my life will look like post-April or even tomorrow so even though I can only list 2 or 3 things right now, there will hopefully be a ton more things to be excited about as the year goes on.

What are you excited for? Let me know in the comments and remember, you can always tweet me @beckielhgl to discuss Glendon, the new year, and everything in between!

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Time to make some big decisions

Hey friends! I’ve kinda been losing my mind lately. A brief example would be this morning in the Starbucks line at Keele. Waking up for my Thursday class is always hard because my body likes to stay up until 3am on the regular. So, there I was at 4am the night before…still awake…and had to be up in 2 hours for the shuttle to Keele. Running on two hours of sleep, I wasn’t really functional. You know when you’ve sometimes reached your hand out for the wrong drink and then realized and it’s all a little awkward. Well, not only did I reach and take her sandwich which she had to remind me was hers, I also reached out for her drink that she had to, again, remind me was not mine. Shout out to her though, she was super sweet when I told her I had only had two hours of sleep.

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Other than that, I’ve also been trying to decide what to do after graduation. I have a few ideas. I’ve always been a fan of the idea of going to college after university. It’s a new trend that’s been happening for the past few years and it’s a way for students to get hands-on skills that can set them apart from other individuals when applying for the same job. At the same time, I’ve been thinking about master’s programs but because it’s not always been in my “game plan”, I’ve neglected giving that idea the attention it probably deserves since applications would be due soon. I kinda wish I had at least given it some attention so that I wouldn’t feel so rushed to get everything in order in case applying is something is I want to do.

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Post-graduate certificates or masters. Decisions, decisions, decisions. Last week, I texted my mom telling her I was feeling overwhelmed and not really sure if I knew what I should be doing with my life. And she reminded myself about something that I do find to be very true: life has it’s way of figuring things out. Choosing Glendon was one of the best decisions I ever made – really and truly not trying to plug the school, it’s my honest opinion. I say this because Glendon wasn’t my #1 but somehow it sort of worked out that way. I visited the open house and whatever York events I could attend and everything figured itself out.

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Many of you may be going to the open house at Glendon on Sunday from 10am-2pm. All of the eAmbassadors and student ambassadors will be there – including myself. I will be going through the same thing this weekend also, just on the Saturday. I’ll be attending the Humber open house to talk to their student ambassadors and recruitment team about the program I’m interested in. From going to the Glendon open house in my last year of high school, I know how daunting it can be thinking of going to the campus and trying to figure everything out. What I can say is to have fun with it. Really try to #experiencegl (sorry, had to) and see if it fits into your game plan!

As always, I post every Thursday. Follow me on Twitter if you’d like @beckielhgl.

See ya!

And so it begins: Fourth year

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.

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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!