“Trust Your Gut, Becks”

Hey friends! I hope that those attended the Open House last weekend had a great time. It was really bittersweet as I’m graduating and it reminded me of my first March Open House way back in 2011. There’s a Storify of the Open House event that you can view here. Remember that you can join the #GL2019 Facebook group to get to know other potential Glendonites and to connect with Glendon’s eAmbassadors like myself.

At the event, I was talking to a fellow eAmbassador Jasmine about my experience with Political Science. As a Fourth Year nearly graduating, I’m really happy that I picked Political Science. And now, I’m ready to complete a post-grad certificate in Public Administration. I have a general idea of where I want to go in life and that makes me feel very relieved.

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Although, something had completely slipped my mind until this conversation. I suddenly remembered that I hadn’t always felt as though I was in the right program. In my First Year, I had gone through a moment of “is this program right for me?” and so, I thought it might be a good thing to blog about for this week.

Disclaimer: It is totally okay to switch your major. It is totally okay to feel a little worried in your first year. It is totally okay to change your mind. For me, this experience was a reminder to trust my gut and I’m happy I did. But this advice is totally subjective – everyone’s university experience is different.

I knew in Grade 11 or 12 that I was interested in the area of immigration and that I might, at one point, be interested in working for the Canadian Border Services. I had spoken to my Grade 11 civics teacher at the time about what university program would fit me best since there isn’t a degree in “Canadian Border Services or something like that….maybe Citizenship and Immigration Canada?”.

She advised me that Political Science might be a good option for me. It would be a great foundation for whatever I want to pursue after my undergraduate studies. Political Science can open the door for careers in the public sector, in politics, law school, journalism, communications, etc. After thinking about it for some time, I decided that I would apply for Political Science.

September 2011 came and I was a First Year at Glendon College studying Political Science. It was so surreal. But, I remember heading to my Introduction to Canadian Politics course and feeling slightly overwhelmed. I felt as though everyone participating knew so much more than I did. I was interested in politics but I definitely didn’t know everything.

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About a month in, I felt as though I needed a quick fix. I felt as though my knowledge and involvement in politics wasn’t at the same level of everyone else and I panicked. I sent a text to my parents and let them know that I wanted to switch to Sociology and that it would all be fine. I switched my program and I felt kind of relieved…but not entirely. It was as though I had to keep rationalizing my decision to switch out of Political Science to be okay with it.

I would say probably a week later I had what some would call “an epiphany”. It really was though. I suddenly thought to myself and I quote, “no Becks, you got this. You know what your goals are in life and you picked Political Science for a reason”. In short, I was telling myself to trust my gut and myself.

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I knew that I wanted to work for the Canadian government at some point in my life and that Political Science revolved around learning about government, public policy, public administration, etc. The program was a good match for my ambitions in life. And I knew that I had thought long and hard about what program to apply for; it certainly hadn’t been a rushed decision.

So, I switched back. And I’m very happy that I did. If you would like to read more about my experience as a Political Science major, click here.

If you have any questions about Political Science or Glendon, you can tweet me @beckielhgl or you can comment in the #GL2019 Facebook group and tag me in the post under ‘Beckie Louise’.

Until next week!

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!

What it’s like to be a Political Science major

In high school, I developed an interest for immigration in Canada. As an immigrant myself, I was interested in the process of immigration and what types of jobs existed.

I had no idea what I should do to get to this point so I took a proactive step. This led me to speak to my Career’s  teacher and she told me that studying Political Science would be a step in the right direction. This was a big thing for me as I find it really hard to ask for help and want to do everything myself but I’m glad that I spoke to her and got the advice I needed.

Literally me

Whenever somebody asks me what you learn in Political Science, the only word I can think of is “….politics?” but it’s so much more than that. In Political Science, you take classes exploring politics in general, state politics, international relations, law, morality, etc. It forces you to think about the past, the present, and the future in terms of historical events, the politics involved, the policies enforced, and its implications. For example, in my Transnational Crime and Corruption class, we discussed cocaine smuggling into the Miami area in the 1970’s and how it ended up financing the construction of many of the modern-day high-rise buildings in Miami.

Say whaaaaaat?

Where can a major in Political Science take you? It can open the door to many government-type careers within public policy, finance, immigration, foreign services, and politics. It can also lead to careers in journalism including public relations, television and radio, print, and press. Another area is the public sector with careers such as an analyst, financial consultant, human resources specialist and many take Political Science as their undergraduate degree as a step before applying for Law School.

If you decide that Political Science is what you would like to study at Glendon, there are a few requirements that you must take within your years here. To begin, there are 4 core courses of which you must take 3. These are: Introduction to Canadian Politics, Introduction to International Relations, Birth of Politics, and Comparative Politics. Personally, I took Canadian Politics and Intro to International Relations in First Year and Birth of Politics in my second year. These were some of my favourite classes that I took at Glendon.

The Birth of Politics was a really interesting class. It was taught by David Carvounas who was incredibly approachable and made the novels we read as part of the class come alive in lecture. We were asked to read Plato, Aristotle and Socrates (There were more but they’ve escaped my brain as it was two years ago). If you’re planning on taking Political Science at Glendon or even if you have room for an elective, take this class.

My motto in life

The other Political Science classes I’ve taken, aside from the core courses, are: Government and Politics of the United States, Introduction to International Law, International Justice, International Relations through Film and Literature (Take this class!), Transnational Crime and Corruption, Media Identity and Citizenship (Keele class), Theories of Society, Topics in Law and Politics, Civil Society and International Organizations.

If you want to know any more about my experience with Political Science, tweet me @beckielhgl.

Comment and let me know if you’re interested in this program and why.

I post every Thursday, see you then!