Category Archives: Second Year

Quick Exam Season Updates!

Hi, hello, yes I am still alive! Here are some facts about my life to prove it:

Academic status:
I’m doing fairly average all across the board this term. I really hate disliked  some classes, but I found a love in KIN 261: Health, Leisure, and Society. The prof and TAs were brilliant, and it challenged me to take a step back and think critically of everything. I’d recommend for everyone to take that course but please don’t because it’s already hard enough for kin students who need this as a core course to get in.

Co-op status:
Unemployed and kind of discouraged, to be honest. I wanted to do a work term this summer so I could be back to school for the second winter term—and in time for Kin Games 2015. I do have a back-up plan, though; I’ll take CAPS 391 in May-June and then take a break in July-August (and maybe work at the PNE because why not?).

Social status:
I read an article this morning that reflected the reality of what happens as you grow through adulthood. Coupled with my nagging doubt that I’m not doing enough to keep in touch with old friends, I was hit with a wave of panicky “wahhhhh I’m getting older too quickly”. I’m good now, though—future Courtney can worry about what will happen once she graduates.

Health status:
Kind of sneezy, but I can’t tell if I’m sick or just experiencing seasonal allergies. Mentally, kind of anxious about the future, but that’s not too unusual given that it’s exam time.

Eudaimonic status:
I was recently appointed the website manager for the 2015 Kin Games, so I’m super excited to start that project. I’m also in the midst of training for my first-ever half-marathon, which will be a huge accomplishment considering I could barely run 1km last year. So even if everything else in my life goes pear-shaped, I’ll still have these two things to look forward to.

Whew, that was longer than I thought it would be. Thank you, blog, for being something upon which I can unload. I should do it more often.

Sisters, sisters

I’ll be straight with you all—I didn’t want to go to the same post-secondary school as my sister, who is just one year younger. I mean, wasn’t spending 4 years in the same high school enough? But since she started at UBC, my sister and I have become a lot closer. We actually agree on things now. 

Which begs the question: is it because we are older, or because of the higher education?

The one thing we agree on the most is that she’s cool and I’m a dork who spends too much time on the internet.

In any case, I’m glad we’re both going to UBC right now, even if it means that we always get asked if we commute together.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

This year, I made some kitschy holiday cards for my friends. Check ’em out!

Lately I’ve been really into puns—so much that a part of me wants to go and work for Hallmark. Oh, don’t worry Mum, I’m kidding.

But seriously, being paid to make puns sounds awesome.

Courtney Gets Organized!

One of the reasons I love Chinese New Year’s celebration is that it gives me about a month after the Gregorian calendar new year’s celebration to come up with a resolution that is both ambitious and feasible. For a procrastinator like me, I need all the time I can get to set a proper goal.

As I’ve mentioned, I’m on a quest to be more organized and more productive for the benefit of everyone. This is my decided resolution for the year.

To help keep it up, I’m doing this thing called Don’t Break The Chain.

Basically, I have several calendars which are each specifically meant for ticking off tasks I want myself to do. With time and each tick mark, I’ll make a chain so long that I won’t want to break. Practically Courtney-proof.

I  am using calendars designed by Karen Kavett. They come in pretty colours other than black, too!

 I’m not even gonna try forcing myself to do this thing daily. But maybe if I start out with a few times a week, I’ll create a pattern…

This last one, I think, is the most important one. It encompasses keeping up with my studying, my projects, my relationships, and my mental health. At this time of my life, writing is very, very important to me.

Come December, I’ll give you all an update on the finished product (aka calendars all marked up with highlighter).

In the meantime, how are your new year’s resolutions holding up? 

Git ‘er done!


First blog post of 2014, tah-dah.

I was going to blog about the SLC, but that didn’t happen, obviously. I mean, I could write a very very late summary of my overwhelmingly awesome experience at this year’s Conference, but I’m not. Because that would just look bad, and y’all are over it already.

So with this blog post, I am going to absolve myself of all the guilt that I’ve been holding onto for the past 3 weeks for not doing what I was supposed to do. It’s been those shameful feelings that have stopped me from creating other (perhaps) wonderful things.

No, seriously, I got some ambitious ideas going on.

Idea Board

Okay, to be honest I have a lot of really silly tumblr text posts instead of ideas. But they cheer me up, so I’m keeping ’em!

In summary: I’ve been holding back on you guys. And since that’s really not what the SLC’s all about, I’m gonna throw myself back into blogging this term.