Let me begin by explaining that when it comes to life in general, I am a very organized person. When summer struck however, it brought along spontaneity, oversea trips, and organizational nightmares. Hence, my UBC experience begins with a rather large list of what NOT to do’s.
Mix up timezones and register half a week late – okay, I blame the distracting shopping experience known as Full-Day-Sprees-in-Cheap-Meccas/Markets-in-Asia. Shame on me. Not surprisingly, POLISCI 100 filled up in the blink of an eye, but at least I got FREN 122 – French Literature – that’s always a popular choice, right? RIGHT?!
Have freakouts on MSN after finding out everyone else got their UBC ID cards already – Hopefully AMS gives me a nice agenda before my life descends into a chaotic abyss of missed deadlines and DOOM. For those who haven’t gotten their UBC ID Card yet, GO TO THE BOOKSTORE NOW. It takes literally two minutes as I found out this morning (I didn’t want to appear completely scatter-brained on my blog you see). All you need is a Photo ID, your student number, and some expensive Belgian chocolates to bribe the guy with the camera so he photoshops all your facial blemishes away, not that you had any to start off with.
Become an on-the-run fugitive from the UBC Library – It was a stormy winter evening in 2007, two days before my EE was due (EE = acronym for a monstrous IB thesis paper known as the Extended Essay, but I think it actually stands for EEEEEEK, the dying squeak of an overworked and over-caffeinated student). In the last-minute due-date frenzy, I forgot to renew the 89345793847 books I took out from Koerner with a Community Card and got slapped with an overdue fine that could feed a small South American country for a week (like Paraguay, for example, which I’ve always been fond of). The moral of the story? Don’t do IB. PAY YOUR FINES!
Plan a Let’s-Watch-Half-Blood-Prince! Get Together on the UBC Facebook Group – Why not? Because Warner Bros WILL break our hearts, WILL postpone the coveted 6th Harry Potter movie to July 17th, 2009, and WILL choose money over the happiness of millions of Muggles around the world. Tear tear. Hopefully the Quidditch Tournament at AMS Firstweek will brighten things up.
Don’t you feel better about yourself now that unfortunate things have happened to someone else? Until next time dear readers, cheers.