So there are a few things that I have learned over the last couple months, my first months of university, and I am going to share them with you now. So get stoked. Free, unsolicited advice – the best kind. A lot of this advice is based from things I’ve learned at university, but I feel like it applies to a lot of places, and situations.

1. Don’t take home for granted. Tell your parents you love them often, tell your friends you love them often, snuggle your pets as often as you can, and enjoy the peace and quiet of home before you move to the land of paper-thin walls, and neighbours that like to think they are nocturnal.

2. Accept change. Allow yourself to discover who you are. Don’t make a plan, and follow it like it’s the only option. You’ll find new things that you like, and new things you want to pursue.

3. Be a grown up about things. If there is something you don’t like, and it bothers you, confront it. Unless it’s a whole lot bigger than you… then bring reinforcements.

4. Like what you like! I really am over people telling me what I should like. You’re not soooo smart because you like indie things. Get over yourself. I know we go over this on a  regular basis. But just do what you want to do. You’re you for a reason, and if you don’t like who you are… well, let’s face it, you’re probably not being yourself.

5. Don’t tie yourself down too soon. Be flexible where friends are concerned.

6. Get out there! Studying is important, but so is having a social life. Unless you have a History midterm that’s worth too much of your mark to not study for all weekend. That’s okay. You’re forgiven for an antisocial, sweatpants weekend.

7. Have a good time. And make sure the good time is you’re idea of a good time. If you don’t like to party, don’t party! If you don’t know if you like to party, try it and judge that. If you don’t like studying… well… don’t go to university… or learn how to make it bearable, and fast.

8. Make sure you have something that cheers you up no matter what. I like to talk to my friends and family, or do yoga when I’m upset. I do familiar things when I’m feeling homesick, and sometimes just going for a walk + rant really does help.

Wow! I know it’s been a while – okay, understatement: it’s been months! – but I’m going to try to blog at least once a week now. I’d love to blog every day, but I have a feeling that’s just going to get unrealistic. This way there will be way more interesting things for you to read too, because I’ll accumulate all kinds of exciting things to tell you from the week!

So I’ll start from the beginning! I got here almost two weeks ago, and have been settling in. Classes are  awesome! One of the best things about this university is definitely the class sizes. My English class is about 25 people, and my biggest class is 110 people. Teensy weensy. The food is… interesting. Most of the time it’s really good, but sometimes I’m convinced the meat is actually pancakes… which makes me skeptical of everything ever.

I think the best part, so far, has been meeting all kinds of new people, and experiencing new things. I’m pretty much foreign here… Nova Scotia is not like BC at all. It’s nice in a way, but sometimes I really miss home. It’s also really weird to be learning about the Atlantic Ocean in my Geology class, and not the Pacific. Just wrong, I tell you!

So I’m going to post a couple pictures of campus – it’s beautiful – and leave it there for today because I am going to go think for a couple hours about my place in society, and how I think the world works. This is, of course, for my Sociology class.

Oh, just one more thing that I’d like to point out: today my SOCI prof said that sometimes people’s opinions are just WRONG. So there. Just cause it’s your opinion doesn’t mean it’s right. Good day!

University Hall (where Matriculation, Graduation, other university events happen)

Class of 2015 processing during the Matriculation Ceremony where we were officially enrolled/welcomed to the university.

The stage before the Academic Procession during Matriculation.

 The best stairs ever. These guys are in the environmental science building.

Best room ever, is all.

I will try to post again soon! Sorry again for the delay, it’s been a hectic couple of weeks, but I’m excited to be settling in, finally.

Hi y’all! I’m going to assume right off the bat that you read my post from last night. About life being too short to not take risks, etc. I’m also going to assume that you’ve all had something you want to tell someone, but have hesitated on.

First off, why do we hesitate so much on things like telling people how you feel about them? I’ve always been the kind of person that thinks it’s important to tell people how I feel. Maybe it’s not the best when you don’t really like the person… people don’t like to hear that you don’t like them, and I’ve worked on that. But what about the people you do like, the people you love? Why should you hold that in? Even if the person doesn’t feel the same way back, they sort of… well… I don’t like to use the word deserve here, but I feel like they should know. Nothing even has to happen from you telling them! You can just say it, and that can be that. It can just be a statement of fact that doesn’t even really change anything.

I suppose this warrants a teensy explanation… well…. I feel a certain way about someone. So I told them. Easy enough. It’s all the freaking romantic comedies I’ve been watching. Oh my God, just have to take a small side-tracked rant here. DON’T YOU HATE IT when you go to watch a romantic comedy, and it’s not even FUNNY?! It has all the crappy plotting of a romantic comedy, just without any of the comedy. So disappointing. Anyway, I watched a particularly inspiring one last night that actually made me realize that I was being a n00b, and if I want to actually grow up and be a real human being, I’m going to have to express my feelings. So ba-boom. Expressed.

Anyway, what do you guys think? Should you tell people how you feel? Even if it might possibly ruin a really awesome new friendship, and even if you’re moving 4,766km away from the person that you’re expressing your feelings to? And you might have possibly expressed these feelings before… a long time before… and back then they were reciprocated… but you might possibly have been a ginormous jerk and ruined any possibility of ever getting them reciprocated again? *Sheepish face*… Eh?

Life is too short to not say what you are thinking. Life is too short to keep your feelings all inside. Life is too short to spend it making the wrong decisions. Life is too short to be someone you’re not. Life is too short to not take risks. Life is too short to not tell the people you love that you love them, the people you miss that you miss them.

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Just sitting outside taking my 15 minutes of break. My brain gets so stagnant sitting in an office all day. I need to be doing something physical to actually work my brain. Will explain more later. Sorry for the lack of posts, I’ve been busy with visitors and work! But I’m hopefully back fairly regularly now!