Today, I was alerted to the fact that the prof of KIN 231 apparently used one of my older comics/doodles/what-have-yous as a slide in her last lecture.
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While the news was a bit flattering, it meant that she probably read through my blog and saw that I’m a terrible procrastinator and mildly insane.
A nd I may have her next term, worryingly enough.
Now, I know that thousands of people—mostly students—have seen at least some part of my work. And that is more than okay with me! But there is a small part of me that is hesitant about continuing to blog, because anyone can find me fairly easily. In particular, future employers.
The idea of that is kind of scary. It means I gotta watch what I say (no swearing!) so that I don’t give out an awful impression to the people who come across my public social media profiles.
So yeah, I’m going to keep my written angsting to a minimum from now on.
But comics are okay, right?
Isn’t it annoying when you’re trying to listen your prof’s lecture, but instead all you can hear are the distinct crackling noises of your neighbour’s candy wrapper? Or even worse— when you’re distracted and embarrassed by the loud growls your own stomach is making?*
Yep! Been there, done that.
So here are some of my tips on how to prevent awkward hunger-situations!
- Eat breakfast. And lunch. And dinner. Skipping meals isn’t good for you, so eat frequently! Your body will thank you later.
- Bring the right types of food. That means snack food, not your lunch! Leave that veggie pizza for break. Granola bars are good, as are small fruits like grapes.
- Don’t bring anything sticky or stinky to class. No one wants to smell you and what you’re eating, so don’t bring in those onion pork buns, no matter how yummy they are! And you also probably don’t want fingerprints all over your shiny new laptop, so think about not eating juicy (but sticky!) fruits while you’re taking notes.
- Don’t bring open drink containers into the lecture hall. Those pop cans and juice boxes are just spills waiting to happen. Starbucks and Timmy’s is okay, though, as are water bottles and mugs with lids. Mmm, steaming hot tea is good in the morning.
- Unwrap wrappers before class starts, so you don’t disrupt other people’s focus’. Minimize as much trash as you possibly can, because garbage piles just aren’t that attractive.
- Stomach growling and there’s no food? In a pinch, clap your arm over the offending organ. It will muffle the sounds. Making a constipated face at the same time might help, but I can’t guarantee it.
I wonder if this is what goes on inside my torso during my sports sociology class…
*Once, my stomach growled so loud that my friend sitting next to me heard. She started laughing, and it was embarrassing.
But it’s okay because it happened again today in reverse so hah.
For me, the first days of university incited a whirlwind of emotions. I felt excited with the prospect of meeting new people, but I felt fear at the thought of rejection. I felt anxious about getting to class on time, while I also felt bored standing amidst a a gaggle of commuters on the bus. I felt dread upon hearing of heavy coursework, yet I felt eager to start learning. And when I sat down for my first ever lecture, I felt very, very small and lost.
But the lonely feelings will pass. I am sure of it, because KIN FROSH IS COMING TOMORROW.
Whoever create the Kin FROSH website did a great job, because I’m psyched! Camping for two nights in Squamish? Team bonding activities? More time away from my parents? Oh, yes!
It’ll be the best chance for me to get to really know people in my faculty, which is especially important because I’m not staying in residence, unfortunately. Meeting in people in class is fine, but I have the feeling that I’m not going to see many of the people I sat beside during lectures often. So here’s to friends and faculty bonding and other fun stuff during FROSH!
One last note before the weekend: the Chapman Learning Commons (actually, the whole library in general) was packed during lunchtime. There was a line just to use the public computers, and all the seating space was taken up. From what I saw, I suggest that if you simply must work at lunch time, you should bring your own laptop. No lines + the flexibility of sitting anywhere + added security!