Working on campus

Hey friends!

On to today’s topic: I have been extremely lucky in that I have been employed on campus for the past three years. I work as a Night Porter in residence which means my commute takes exactly…45 seconds at most?

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I applied to be a Night Porter at the end of my first year (that’s when the forms are available) and started working the following September. Being a Night Porter entails that you are responsible for making sure resident’s guests are signed in and that you are available to rent out equipment to residents such as video games, movies, DVD players, irons, etc. You’re looking out for residents’ safety and, at the same time, being a resource for resident’s needs.

The best part about being a Night Porter is that it relieved me of having to go home every weekend in my first year to work at my part-time job in Brampton. I was able to stay at Glendon over the weekend which gave me more time to do readings and finish assignments. And of course, it allowed me to earn money to be able to go out with friends and feed my online shopping addiction.

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You also work with fellow students (who are also residents) and you’re always in contact with residents so it’s a way to connect with more Glendonites. In addition, you can include it on bursary and grant forms that you have worked on campus to show how involved you have been on campus and with the school to help pay for school.

I would highly recommend applying to work on campus if you’re planning to be in residence in your second year. If you have any questions, please tweet me @beckielhgl or comment down below.

See you next week!

My last McMun *tear*

Hey friends! So, for the past 4 years I have been involved with Glendon Model United Nations. It’s our own Mock United Nations club on campus that is run by myself as Vice President and the President along with a number of execs. This year, our club was very popular and our team was the biggest it had been since I joined. In fact, three of our eAmbassadors are on the team: Michelle, Sonia, and Bryan.

It’s bittersweet that I’ll be graduating in June and GMUN will no longer be a part of my life but I’m so glad that I joined because a lot of my memories from my undergrad have been because of GMUN.

Every year around the second last week of January, McGill University hosts their own MUN conference called McMun. This year, my partner Michelle and I were representing Malta in a General Assembly committee called the Sixth Committee (Legal). We were tasked with defining terrorism which never really happened because none of the resolutions passed BUT it did make for a great weekend.

Every Thursday when we arrive, we go to a place around the corner from the hotel called Peel Pub. We’re always at least 10 people strong so finding a table usually means we’re crammed into a corner but it’s fun nonetheless.

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Our committees started the next morning and we were greeted with very awake, very loud delegates who were VERY excited to start debate. We had three sessions that day and took naps in between (hotel beds FTW). I can’t tell you how many hours of HGTV and TLC we watched that weekend but it was comforting and I loved it.

On Saturday night after our sessions, we went to the big event called McParte (the picture is below is from McParte 2014) and I may or may not have started an anthem sing-off in the line to get the bus (Canada won, ps). I also may or may not have started yelling “GOLD MEDAL” which stems from my passion for the Olympics. I’m not even sure if the other people knew I was talking about the gold medal game…

On Sunday, we finished our final session and after closing ceremonies, we ordered some yummy lunch from St. Huberts and then got ready to take our train back to Toronto.

The weekend went by so quickly but I really enjoyed spending it with our team. McMun is certainly the turning point every year that the members of GMUN become closer and get to know each other even better. GMUN and McMun are where I met most of my best friends at Glendon!

If you’re interested in Model UN and want more information about our club, you can tweet me @beckielhgl or our GMUN account @glendonmun. See you next week!

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!

Peter Mansbridge at Glendon

“Tonight I’m not an academic, not a scholar. I’m a story-teller; that’s what journalists do” (Shout out to Gillian’s twitter for tweeting that quote)

Last Friday night, I had the pleasure of listening to Peter Mansbridge speak at an event held in the Centre of Excellence at Glendon.

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The 2014 John Holmes Memorial Lecture was titled “A Journalist’s Personal Journey on International Affairs”.The John Holmes Memorial Lectures honour the late John W. Holmes, O.C., Canadian diplomat, writer, administrator, and professor of International Relations at Glendon.

He began to tell us stories about his experience as a CBC correspondent travelling around the world, reporting on international affairs. It was truly a night of story-telling which is why I think I took so much away from the event.

When stories are told in a way that captivate your attention and that ignite a spark in your mind that continues to burn once you walk out of the doors and make your way back home, they tend to stay with you.

He spoke about exploring tunnels in Vimy Ridge earlier this month where he found etchings by Canadian soldiers. The soldiers had not only left their name and regiment, they had also drew something that represented where they came from in Canada such as boats for Quebec and maple leafs for Ontario.

He spoke about being in Sri Lanka after the tsunami and how a young child had told him in broken English that “Canada is good”. The reason, he said, is because there had been Canadian nurses who voluntarily flew into Sri Lanka after they had heard the news and were helping to provide shots for the residents in the town to prevent infection and disease in the aftermath of the tsunami.

He spoke about being in a Dutch town and witnessing a parade honouring Canadian veterans for liberating the Netherlands in the Second World War. When a colleague asked a woman why she had brought her young son to the parade, the woman had responded that she wanted her son “to know what a Canadian” is.

Peter told us that night that all of these stories tell him something that we often find hard to answer – what does it mean to be Canadian? Peter said that these stories told him that to be a Canadian means that “we care, simple”.

To be a Canadian, said Peter, means that we care not only about ourselves and our families but those that we don’t know whether they be across the street, across the country, or across the world. And he said that those outside of Canada see and recognize that this is what it means to be Canadian also.

As a recent Canadian citizen, I really enjoyed the night because it made me feel proud to be Canadian. I’ve felt proud to live in Canada for a long time but that night, I felt the pride of BEING Canadian. I think in light of recent events in Ottawa, some may feel as though the perception of Canada in international affairs is changing in a way that the Canadian public may not like or favour but Peter reminded us that night that the idea of Canada being a good and safe country is not a thing of the past.

On that note, I would like to thank Glendon and Peter Mansbridge for a phenomenal night of story-telling and Canada-loving.

Peter Mansbridge at Glendon

You can tweet me @beckielhgl!