It's been so long since I last posted a journal, I don't even know where to start. So much has happened.
Things I did during the summer:
Okay, I posted that last journal in late July. I was gone from deviantART for all of August; here's most of the things I did:
Camping for a weekend with my family and ~marikob-k's family. It was great. We had a bonfire, played on the playground with a bunch of random children, went swimming and good ol' Apples to Apples.
The GO Project: A United Church mission project for two weeks in downtown Toronto. We volunteered at different sites (a food bank, a youth shelter, etc.) and learned more about providing aid to those in need. It was a really eye-opening experience (for example, one night we had a walking tour of the city led by an ex-convict who was recovering his life with the help of a Salvation Army shelter) and I had a really incredible time.
Rendez-vous: The first-ever national rally of youth who are part of the United Church of Canada. This was stunning. We did workshops, drum circles, had a MuchMusic dance, and more. It was wild.
Taking a road trip to Newfoundland. The Reed family got back together and we headed east for two weeks of an amazing cultural and natural experience. We went to the most easterly point of Canada, checked out several National Historic Sites, saw live musical performances, icebergs, moose, caribou and Vikings. We also did a hiking trail in Gros Morne National Park 45 km of rugged terrain (with essentially no trail) over the top of the Long Range Mountains. It was simply unforgettable.
And now I'm at university: I'm having a stupendous time. It's been really fast-paced (hence me not posting a journal until now). I love all of my classes actually, I've told other people that my favourite prof is for global development studies (although the psych prof is a great lecturer too), my favourite lectures are classical studies and my favourite textbook is for history. So basically I love all of my classes. If you didn't know I'm in Concurrent Education, studying history/international development to become a teacher. Five year program.
Frosh week was so insane. There was no official drinking, because Queen's now bans alcohol during frosh (that's how bad of a reputation its got). And the Con Ed frosh was like, all hugs and bunnies. As in, very little hazing. We did get a bit, but we also got a retro road trip, crazy cheers and a lot of booty shaking. And bobbing for apples at midnight on an island in Lake Ontario. Yeah. Basically the Con Ed group is really tight knit and we love each other. A lot. ;]
And like I said, classes have been great. Beyond classes, though, I'm also involved in fencing, badminton and intramurals (dodgeball and water polo), the Free the Children team, Equality on Queer Issues Project, a couple of Queen's publications, volunteering to promote the upcoming provincial election and choir. I auditioned for musical theatre, got a callback (like, 30 out of 200 to do so, yay) but didn't make the final cast. Good times.
Made lots of new friends, gotten lost several times. Loved a bit, laughed a bit, lived a lot.
Actually right now I'm recovering from semi-major muscle damage from attempting to do fencing, badminton and dodgeball all in one night. And you know me, I don't do things half-heartedly. I took on four phys-ed majors at like, 11:00 pm in a dodgeball game. Kicked some ass (and in doing so, gave myself a series of strained muscles). I hate having limitations like damn muscle exhaustion but that's just the way life is, eh?
Anyways, I have a class in fifteen minutes so that's all for now. I'm working on slamming deviantART back into order (check out my profile update, it's mildly interesting), and I'm making serious progress. Cheers, everyone.
Check out this video. I love it.
Tell me how your life has been. If you've read this far, I figure you must be a worthwhile individual.
My first year at university as well. I'm enjoying it much more than high school (but maybe that's because I don't have a three hour lecture twice a week like my friends do). I don't see the date of this journal, but I hope you can fence again! My university doesn't have a fencing team, and I really miss it.
Holidays with family are unforgettable, and special. I'm glad you had a good time and that uni is so good. It sounds amazing! I will never understand how you manage to be involved in all this business and run tWR and post journals and. Ninja person. Strained muscles don't sound good. I hope they're gone by now!
My life's been pretty good. Saw family over the weekend, which involved excitable younger cousins & puppy. It was a bit manic, but very lovely.
Is it me, or is Canada a more interesting place than the States? All you interesting Canadian folk!!!
I'm glad you've been doing so well. Hope Uni keeps going as well as it has been, and let your muscles heal a little, okay?
My life's been okay lately. I'm coming up on my second anniversary with my boyfriend a week from Sunday and I think I'm actually passing Geometry this time around. The only bad thing is that my dad grounded me because he snuck around and looked through my private messages on facebook and saw where I'd said some mean things about him- all of them true, though. Show's what happens when you face a man with the truth and he's not ready to see it. Anywhooo... >_> I can still get on at mom's every other weekend, and I've been feeling pretty much happy recently.
Yeah go us! Haha, actually I doubt it. Not everyone does the fun things that I know do. ;]
Thanks a lot. University is stellar so far, and heh, my muscles are much better. And fencing is really kick ass.
Wow, that sounds nice. You're talking second year anniversary? Yay about passing geometry too. Get out of that as soon as you can, hey? That sucks, hopefully he gets over it sooner rather than later. But good that you can get on at your mom's, and HURRAH that you're pretty much happy!
Hi. You're lucky that your summer was so great! It all sounds amazing - mine was pretty nice, too, but with the constant undertone of unfinished AP work. I'm envious of your carefreeness, and even more so of your camping and hiking. Will you be posting any photos from your summer, or is your dA reserved only for purposely artful pieces? My life is pretty awesome; I got the role of Dogberry in my school's production of "Much Ado About Nothing." I made the advanced choir and we've already had a couple performances. Unfortunately, though, I feel completely unchallenged and unstimulated in my academic classes. We have no International Baccalaureate program at my school. And I should stop complaining. Gosh, you're such an optimist about everything! You put the rest of us to shame. Well, good luck in the rest of your endeavors!
Haha, well this summer I had no schoolwork to do because I was heading off to university, so there was no IB left. I hope AP isn't weighing you down too much, hey? I try my absolute best not to be stressed out, even though I often have good reason to. It's just not helpful and the less negativity in my life, the better! I will be posting some pictures of camping/hiking, in fact I'm planning on doing that tonight! I haven't got around to it yet, sadly enough. But my best photos from Newfoundland will find their way to deviantART eventually. Promise.
Okay, tell me about Dogberry; that's an awesome name but I want to know about the character that you'll be recreating. And I like the title of the play, sounds neat. Advanced choir?! That's really impressive. Congratulations, and enjoy yourself!
That's too bad that school isn't exciting for you. Challenge (although not too) hard is the best. Makes it worthwhile, you know? Ah well, give it a couple of years and whatever you choose to do after university will invigorate you, I do suppose. Nah, complaining's all good. As long as it's not perpetual, in my opinion.
Well I'm flattered, to say the least. Thanks m'dear!
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