Nanjing is a quick 90 min train ride from Shanghai and is definitely a must for a day trip! We arrived and used shared bikes to get around.
First up we went to a lake by a park on the edge of the Xuanwu gate of old city walls where we rented a very very slow motorboat and motored around on the lake. We found this an easier way to see everything around the lake without having to walk around!
Afterwards we went to the Nanjing Massacre Memorial. We went on a Monday so the massacre memorial inside was closed but we were still able to view the very powerful statues that lie outside the hall.
Next we went to the Confucius temple (it is one of the most famous in China and was huge with many ponds, rock formations and pagodas.Defiantly worth a visit! In the area by the Confucius Temple is an old style Chinese town (very touristy and overpriced but worth a look!)
To get around:
- Metro or bikes! (bike share is easy and fun!)
- Shrimp Dumpling
- One day was amazing but there are a ton of great hikes and other sites so if you have the time I would recommend two full days one night trip!
I get why it’s harder to invest yourself in a short story instead of a novel, but I think short stories don’t get enough love. When you’re on a tight schedule but want to get some uninterrupted reading done, they’re perfect. There are also a lot of technical feats you can achieve with a short story that wouldn’t work that well in longer form. And some of them can be pretty imaginative and inspiring. A quick burst of…well, whatever you want! If you’re up for some reading and want to try some short stories out, I recommend these, in no particular order:
- “ZZ’s Sleep-Away Camp for Disordered Dreamers” by Karen Russell
- “The Missing Guest” by Alice Sola Kim
- “The Summer People” by Kelly Link
- “Why I Read Beowulf” by Shashi Bhat*
- “Bartleby, The Scrivener” by Herman Melville
- “My Kinsman, Major Molineux” by Nathaniel Hawthorne
- “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
- “The Last Ride of the Glory Girls” by Libba Bray*
- “The Speckled Band” by Arthur Conan Doyle
- “Zero Hour” by Ray Bradbury
- “Two Part Invention” by Doretta Lau*
- “The Groom” by Emily Carroll**
Looking at this list now, I suppose you could say my interests delve into the more speculative and/or nineteenth century. Huh. What do you think of the short story? Love it or hate it? Any favourite genres you would like to share? I love talking about what I read to others, and listening to what they like to read! I only wish there was more time to do it in real life.
*The full version is not available online, but if you’re able to get it in print, either through the library or bookstore, then I highly recommend it.
** Short story comic! Woo-hoo!
So in the midst of April when my exams were underway, I actually got some good news in my inbox. It started out like this:
You have been approved for the Double Major in Science and Arts, Science Major in Psychology and Arts Major in English Literature. The specialization for the Arts major in English Literature will be added to your academic record.
That’s right! In addition to studying Behavioural Neuroscience, I also study English! Waahhhh! I’ve had this goal in mind for a while now, it just took some time for me to actually get off my butt and put it into action. But now that it’s finally in place, I feel much happier. It’s one thing to tell everyone you’re planning on pursuing a double major, but another thing altogether when you actually are.
Now, taking a minor or double major can be a lot of work. You’ll have less room for electives if you have a set deadline for when you want to graduate and a limited trove of cash at your disposal, but if you’re really passionate about what you’re studying outside of your major, I think it can be quite worthwhile. Depending on what you double major/minor in, the courses you take can even count towards your breadth requirements, so you wouldn’t need to worry too much there. If I wasn’t going to double major in English, I probably would have taken English courses as my electives anyways. Either that or creative writing.
But how do you get a double major–or even minor–you ask? Easy! Well, the paperwork portion, that is. (The courses you take may not be too easy, but they can be eye-opening in terms of your learning at UBC. Bu you already know that.) You need to declare your double major/minor through a form that’s available here if you’re in Science. (If you’re in Arts or some other faculty…well, I’m not too sure if the process is exactly the same, but I imagine it shouldn’t be too different, and Google is really our best friend, folks.)
The form basically asks you to list down the courses you’ll be taking and the general term and session that you will be taking them in. By doing this, you’re basically adding more course requisites that you need to take before you can graduate. Make sure you check the website of your intended double major. For English, I looked up what the requirements of the typical English major here and here. After you have the important courses listed on your form, go wild with whatever courses interests you!
It doesn’t really matter when you take the course, even though you might have written that you’ll take it in first term but then decided later on that second term would indeed be better. It just matters that you’ve completed the course. What DOES matter, however, is that if you decide you want to change a course, provided, I suppose, that it is not essential for all students majoring in what you want to do. (Say this is the only course that’s preventing you from graduating this year, but you can’t take it because of a scheduling clash. Sucks, right?) Not to fear! You simply need to fill out a course change form, which can also be found in the link above.
When you’re done filling out the form, which is the easier part, you have to find the Undergraduate Advisor of your faculty and an Undergraduate Advisor of the faculty you’re trying to major/minor in. For me, that was Dr. Barnes and one of these cool people. They sign your sheet, and then you’re free to drop it into the Science Advising office (which by the way, due to renovations, has temporarily moved to Ponderosa G, 2044 Lower Mall; there’s a huge sign near it). They’ll sign the “Faculty of Science” part, and you’ll receive an email sometime over the next few weeks confirming that you’ll be majoring/minoring in XYZ. The time from hand-in to email took abnormally long, but I was told in advance that it was because the person who processed these forms would be gone for a month. You might have a speedier response time. And unless you aren’t in good academic standing at UBC (i.e. you have a failing GPA), you should face no problems whatsoever getting this process done.
Some caveats: You have until the end of your third year (according to what’s on your Proof of Enrolment) to declare a double major/minor. You can double major/minor in two Science specializations or Science and Arts, with some limitations. For instance, if you are in Behavioural Neuroscience, you can’t double major/minor in Psychology. But that’s kind of a given.
Also, I’d like to note that a double major and a dual degree are NOT the same. It surprised me a little when I told people that I was double majoring, they thought that I was actually getting a dual degree. A dual degree requires at least 5 years of schoolwork, but you come out of it with two Bachelor’s, a BSc and a BA. A double major just gets you one major (so for me, a BSc) with some recognition that you did other work. If you play your cards right with a double major, you could finish up your undergrad in the standard 4 year timeline. If you wanted to, that is.
So maybe you’ve heard of the craze that’s been going around lately about these new unicorn frappuccinos that have taken over Starbucks. Like the actual mystical creature, they appear in one magical, glorious moment when you’re least expecting it, and then they’re gone right when you turn around, thinking, “Wait. Did that really just happen?”
By the time I’m writing this, the unicorn frappuccino might be gone from Starbucks menus, but I wouldn’t know. I don’t go to Starbucks that often. I have an aversion to coffee and basically all things that mark you as an adult. I do, however, have friends who go to Starbucks literally every day, but it was actually my sister who alerted me of this trend.
With a name like unicorn frappuccino, I had to try it, of course. I’m sure many others thought the same. The beverage surprisingly had no caffeine in it, just a ton of sugar, so I rather liked the taste. Although seriously, even if it messes up the beautiful whipped cream shape adorning your drink, you got to stir it, because that blue stuff you see there in the picture, that unicorn blood? Yeah, that’s suuuuuuper sour, and you don’t want to be left with that by the time you’re almost done.
Have any of you tried this unicorn frappuccino while it was in stores? Are you like some of my friends who would have known about it first thing because you’re a caffeine addict (and not to mention a student, with deadlines and early morning classes and late nights studying)? Any Starbucks tips for those students reading? Let me know your Starbucks stories! School’s out at last, but there must be someone out there who wants to reminisce about the coffee adventures they had over the term.
P. S. Congratulations of finishing yet another term, everybody! The last stretch of finals is always the hardest, but you’ve made it! Whatever happens, you should be proud that you came this far! Cheers!
I’ll leave this as an archive of my first year – if you want to read more from me (I don’t know why?) check out my new blog: https://angeladai1.wordpress.com/
Fears are crashing ocean waves. What differentiates an outstanding student from other students is that they approach the waves, create a plan to leave the shore and embrace the rocky journey towards their destination.
That’s what I had written on my cover letter for the award application, I’d love to leave you with this in my final post on this blog.
So I looked up my last semester’s goals for this term…
- Participate in a case competition
- IF PVCC VC simulation counts, then it happened. Otherwise, didn’t get JDC west academic or attend other case comps…
- Learn to master an interview
- This is still a work in progress. I still am internally dying during interviews, and I really didn’t do well for COMM 202 interview. It was very stressful. I was very awkward. But, we all start from somewhere, and because I’m not a naturally talkative and loud person, I have room to grow~
- Find some sort of plans for the summer – internship? Figure out what to study for (CSC, GMAT if I’m considering an MBA?)
- Taking summer classes instead. Still incredibly upset at myself for dropping FA by accident, but to put it in perspective, I don’t need to take the course now.
- Get that 4.0 (4.33??? :O) GPA if possible
- With that math final? Probably not happening. My time management skills went to the trash when trying to balance two finals in a row, and I ultimately can’t do anything about that either.
- In the long term, after I figure out if I will pursue Finance or not, I’d really like to make myself as appealing as possible for the PMF program… but those are some thin, thin, thin chances of me getting in.
- PMF program is not the end all be all. I’m not sure if I want to do research, more interested in financial advising. We’ll see, but going for second year rep has definitely put my name out there? Hmm.
Technically I didn’t “succeed” in any goal at all! How hilarious!
But wow, first year is over? This year has been absolutely phenomenal. So many ups, so many downs, and so much learning.
If you told me a year ago not only did I not have to worry about Sauder admission and that I’d not just survive but the UGO would decide to give me an award, I would have cried in joy right then and there because IB exams were stressing me out so much in April and I wasn’t admitted anywhere.
Also, if you told me that I would humiliate myself during interviews, pretty much fail a final, and accidentally drop courses, I would have been incredibly annoyed with myself.
I am so, so thankful that Sauder did decide to admit me because I am honestly in love with the culture here. People work hard and play harder. I felt lonely at first, but I’ve made such great friends here that I can rely on when I don’t feel that I can believe myself.
Because I’m a more reserved, quieter person, I still am really surprised when people ask me if I’m Angela. Granted, running for elections means that I have to put myself out there (and I want to!) so that I can properly represent people and that I am always open to listen to suggestions for CUS. But I’m not a completely nobody? I’m not a stranger? That’s such a … weird thing for me still. I’m just a derp after all?
The best thing out of first year is that I fully understand the UBC motto, tuum est. It’s yours.
Your destiny, your life, it’s for YOU to create.
YOU decide how kind you will be to yourself.
YOU decide how much to study, how much to party.
YOU decide what to eat, how much to exercise.
YOU decide how many good friendships to keep and how many toxic friendships to cut.
The best thing about university and being an adult is that you’re in control of your life. YOU also decide how much you’ll negotiate with your parents on how independent or reliant you’ll be as your relationship changes.
Realising that I have complete autonomy over what I do is a very powerful thing. I can be aware of the pressures around me, but I choose how to deal with them.
You are the person who gives yourself permission to have power.
One part of me worries that I’ll plateau and fall from here. I worry that I’ll be a disappointment of a rep, and that in comparison, I’m not committing myself as I did this year. I’m not going for the harder programs, getting the higher marks, etc.
Another part of me is excited. Excited to follow my own paths and strengths. Doing the things that I want to do, not things that just make people think of me in awe. I’m excited to learn more about public speaking but also VERY NERVOUS. I’m excited to meet faculty and other staff who are working to improve Sauder in the various committees, whether academic or even for our building.
Do I wish that I lived on residence? Sometimes. But I would not have been able to meet some of my closest friends on the bus, and I’ve had some of the best conversations with my parents on the car ride to Bridgeport station.
Except for my math final, I feel that I’ve left first year really really happy.
Thank YOU, to everyone who has read my posts and commented, and also people who just message me saying they found my mind dumps to be interesting and insightful! I usually hide a lot of these types of thoughts beneath the surface in conversation, since I always fall back on listening rather than talking. I don’t know how to bring these things up in conversation???
Thank you UBC Blog Squad for letting me share these experiences and giving me a space to reflect!
See you on my new blog!