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Second First Day of School!

Hello, hello 😉

My morning started off rather blearily (if you can imagine that). My alarm was set 5 hours earlier than it had been for the past week. By the time I left the house, the sun still hadn’t risen. Plus, I had to scrape ice off my car before leaving, which is actually pretty scary business when you’re sitting inside and your mother is outside creating horrible scraping noises on the front windshield.

I was actually pretty excited to be back at school. Seeing everyone in my class again (I couldn’t stop smiling) and meeting the profs brought back the feeling of reallyactuallytruly wanting to learn new things. And that’s an awesome feeling.

Although I can’t say I’m eager to find out what my body fat composition is this term. Not after all that turkey.

At the same time, I really wish school hadn’t started again so soon. None of my family member have school yet, nor do my friends at other universities. I feel like I’m losing out on valuable catch-up time with them. 🙁

Other highlights of my day include finding old high friends in unexpected classes, dodging the horrendous line-up at the Bookstore, and, for the first time ever, deciding to withdraw from a class (ENG 110). Oh, and I accidentally set off the panic alarm whilst trying to ignite the engine in my car. I didn’t make eye contact with anyone in the parking lot on my way out because of that.

All in all, it was a fairly decent day 😀 If only it was a little warmer…

The First Days

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!

We’re number 1!

Warning: could appear to be an extreme case of faculty pride.

Imagine Day was awesome (oh yes, I mean it in the slack-jawed-astonishment type way).

First off, I’m pretty sure our (kinesiology) day started way after almost everyone else’s. We started at 9am, whilst most other faculties started around 8:15.  I think this was because they went in for their respective deans’ speeches.  If you remember from my first post, however, kinesiology is not a faculty.  We’re a school within the faculty of Education; thus we were treated to a speech by our (awesome) Director of Kinesiology, not the Dean of Education.

Between the introductory gathering and the pep rally, we were fed a huge amount of information.  We went through dozens of buildings, trekked all the way to the village, and noted the best parking areas.  We met a number of professors and instructors, each of whom gave us invaluable information about succeeding in our kinesiology courses.  I tried my hardest to absorb it all, but I’m pretty sure I’ll forget the course structure of Kin 103 by January.

UBC’s pep-rally was the epitome of awesome.  I painted my face and arms green with body paint, and felt pretty cool (by the way, nothing gets a group of quiet people revved up faster than a bottle of sparkling, bright green body paint).  It was an exhilarating feeling, shouting at the top of my lungs in an effort to drown out scores of other students.  It felt like Kinesiology was cheering the loudest; but at the same time, I felt obligated to cheer even louder and secure our spot as the best faculty in the arena.  Having heard comments from some other non-kinesiology friends, I decided there is no doubt about it: KINNERS RULE.  and shame on you Sauder for stealing one of our chants

All in all, I felt rather inspired today.  There’s an unlimited amount of things I could do to enhance my time at UBC, and it’s up to me to take charge and initiative.  Within multiple orientations, I’ve come to realize that UBC offers so much, and that I’m incredibly lucky to be receiving an education at this institution.  My program and my university feel like a perfect fit, and I am prouder than ever to finally be a student of  UBC, the awesomest ever university.

PS. Not to wreck the mood or anything, but where was all the free stuff? I didn’t get anything 🙁