Last week, I said goodbye to the Ontario cold and headed off to Varadero, Cuba on a last-minute trip with the fam. Highlights of my trip include the staff of the resort running and dancing around the pool on New Year’s Eve, talking about boys and life dreams with my mom and sister, rereading Blink by Malcolm Gladwell and actually getting a tan for the first time in my life. (Seriously, it’s a true miracle. Every time I go to the beach, I come back looking like a lobster.)
But now, I’m back in perpetually rainy Vancouver, sleep-deprived in my tiny little box of a dorm room at 6 am. 2 long flights, 40 hours without sleep, and the Pacific Time jet lag have all played a role in the complete annihilation of my sleeping schedule. Gotta love the irony of how my first all-nighter of university happened before the term even began. I won’t be surprised if I faceplant in my cereal today at breakfast and miss all my classes.
Right. Classes. That’s probably another reason why I can’t sleep. Here’s a rundown of my classes this term:
BIOL 121: Genetics, Evolution and Ecology
BIOL 140: Laboratory Investigations in Life Science (if I get off the waitlist)
CHEM 123: Physical and Organic Chemistry
ENGL 112: Strategies for University Writing
MATH 101: Integral Calculus with Applications to Engineering and the Physical Sciences (never been so terrified in my entire life)
PHYS 101: Energy and Waves
Yikes. Just writing it down terrifies me, let alone actually doing the work. Can’t I just go back to Cuba and be a professional beachgoer? That seems like a rewarding profession. At least my classes start a little later this term, so I get to sleep in and hopefully eat breakfast more regularly. Plus, I’ll get killer arms from carrying my ridiculously heavy calculus textbook around campus.
If, like me, you need a little music to get you pumped up for class and the new year (which could be our last year on Earth, dun dun dunnnn), here’s DJ Earworm’s mashup of the top 20 songs of 2011. Welcome back, happy new year and good luck on term two, all!