I have now officially written most of my midterms. Not all, but most. I still have two more coming up next month!
For some reason, this term feels a lot harder than last term. It doesn’t really make sense to me because I’m taking 4 courses instead of 5 courses. Beh.
I’m sitting in the CSI&C right now, and I’m feeling super sleepy and sluggish.
I feel like mush. I wonder if it’s acceptable to take a nap here. The couches are so soft…
I just want summer to come and help me shake off this lethargy.
September: I’m going to put on makeup and do different hairstyles everyday! I’m going to wear all my prettiest clothes and swear off the hoodies! I am going to be beautiful this year, gosh darn it!
October: Meh. Eh. Midterms are making life hard for me, but that won’t stop me from looking nice! Makeup is reserved for special occasions only. I haven’t gone shopping in a long time. I need rain boots.
November: My morning routine consists of brushing my teeth and nothing else. I’ve forgotten what a comb looks like, and my hair is too long, because I have put off a haircut, and it gets in the way of everything. The toque and rain boots have become my school uniform, and I really hope no one notices that I’ve worn these jeans every day for the past week.
December: I know nothing but pajamas and sweat pants. I have not seen direct sunlight for 36 hours, although I’ve heard stories about it from the people I’m living with. Please, let this term end quickly and painlessly.
I’m scared. So, so scared. Help meeeeee.
Panicky Courtney is panicky.
There’s so much stuff that has to be memorized for physiology! Yeah, KIN 190 actually one of those classes where you do some crazy massive memorizing. A pack of flashcards are your best friend in this case.
Also, I find that drawing things out (hello, muscle contraction) on a giant whiteboard is really helpful, as is studying in groups. Also, talking through ideas seems to work well. But don’t whisper to yourself on the bus, as it causes people to give you funny looks (although if you like that sort of thing, I suggest rocking back and forth as well).
Anyways. Back to
cramming studying now!
Stroke, stroke, stroke, stroke! Golly, that word sounds weird after a while.
For those you you who haven’t heard about it, Day of the Longboat is a UBC REC event held at Jericho Beach. Basically, you form a team with whomever you like (I went with a faculty team) and you race against other teams in an oversized canoe. It’s more fun than I describe it to be, I promise!
Here’s how my day went:
- I got up at 6am this morning. Yes, on a Sunday (the horror!). There was no sun, and the moon was still high in the sky (and it was really, really bright).
- I drove to Jericho Beach, which took me half an hour. It was a lovely drive because all the lights along my route were pedestrian lights, and since no-one was out at 7 in the morning… What? Of course I didn’t speed!
- Paying for parking at the lot was a pain for three reasons:
- Today, you have to pay for parking; tomorrow, parking is free.
- $3 an hour. Seriously, why so outrageous?
- I had no coins, which meant I scrambled around for twenty minutes looking for people who had change for a $10 bill.
- I met up with 8 other first-year kinesiology students. Our team name? The Kintagious Kinky Kinners! …Oh boy, do Kinners love their puns.
- We went out in our
oversized canoe longboat and paddled hard. I’m pleased to say that there was no capsizing of any sort, although we came close. There was, however, lots of screaming, splashing, cheering, and laughing.
- We did not come in last place. 😀
- We soaked in the (really, super-duper-ultra-hot) hot tub for a bit, and then went out for lunch and cheered and heckled incoming teams from other heats. There were a lot of kinesiology teams out there, and we cheered for them all!
The KKK: After the race!
What disappointed me (a little): after we finished up, it felt like there wasn’t much to do. There was a feeling of “What now?” once we got out of our lifejackets, and there seemed to be no incentives for us to stick around. (Maybe that’s good, because we all had to study for our physiology midterm).
Still, I’d say Day of the Longboat is one event that all UBC students have to do at least once. If you’re looking for spirit, you’d find it here! It’s definitely a team bonding activity, so I’d recommend that you gather a group of friends, or people from your floor, or your faculty.
And for goodness’ sake, not that kid you really can’t stand.
Can’t wait for next year!
Posted in FIrst Year, Involvement, Kinesiology
Tagged Day of the Longboat, driving, faculty pride, Kin Pride, Kinesiology, midterms ugh, parking woes, UBC REC, weekend