Back from Hiatus

Hello, M&M.

If I’m not mistaken, it has been quite some time since we’ve interacted! My hope is to be back more regularly for updates as classes end… and the season of studying for final exams begins.

In the last two weeks…

My mom made special homemade soup for me!

My sister turned nineteen and we went DANCING!

I obviously ended up baking cookies (CCK recipe).

In addition to birthdays, baking, and breaking it down, I have been preparing for the end of this term and what the next chapter of 2014 will hold. 

For the end of this term: 
– My final paper (the first paper I have written in about 16 months!)
– The transition report for the incoming RHA Vice-President
– Final events and socials for the RHA as a whole

The next chapter:
– Job interviews! One last Saturday, and one this coming Saturday with UBC REC
– My official induction as a member of the 2014-15 NRHH
– Applying for summer jobs!
– Preparing for my stint as a residence advisor next school year
Amidst all of these exciting upcoming opportunities and ongoing year-end preparations, I have been trying to get all of my socialization squeezed into these final weeks!

There was the Welcome to Wonderland Boat Cruise:

There was also the 2nd annual Barn Burner:

I also participated in my third Storm The Wall event! We placed first in our heat which was very exciting, and advanced to the next race – something I haven’t accomplished before with my team!

Wall Me Maybe 2.0
Wall Me Maybe 2.1

Beyond attending and organizing events, I have been reflecting on what I’ve done and been a part of over the last eight months. 
~ Academics have been at a relative high for me, and my involvements have balanced well with school. For the first time in a while, I will miss courses that I’ve taken this year along with the professors that taught them; I also feel that my major has become more of a place that I feel at home, particularly in my gender and sex differences course (and my personality and behaviour disorders courses last term). 
~ I struggled through another visual arts class but enjoyed being able to use my camera for projects and was pleased that I applied something I’m passionate about in my final project (uploading to blog is currently being contemplated).
~ Being an executive member of the RHA has been great – it puts me in touch with every part of residence (mostly) and I have been a part of a forward-moving year for the organization. I regret the lack of closeness developed with my fellow executives early on, but am grateful that we’ve done so much as leaders and that we’ve bonded more in the last little while!
~ My personal life has expanded and evolved in terms of family bonds, friendships, and my relationship – all in ways that I think are taking me in a good direction. I don’t know what this direction is, but it feels like a good and enjoyable one.

Overall, this year at UBC has been a good one.
The summer is always a mysterious next chapter – travel plans, new job opportunities (sorry Safeway), and time for friends and family in abundance!
I look forward to seeing where things go.

Once my camera’s most recent photos have been uploaded,
I’ll get back to this and update on the more recent events following
the Boat Cruise! Barn Burner, food adventures, and more!

Our cityscape view from the boat last weekend.


Careers Workshops

After attending half of the Careers in Student Affairs Workshop and half of the Arts Careers Xploration, I do not know what I want to do with my life.

I attended only half of the first workshop because it overlapped (most unfortunately) with the second. It was disappointing for me to leave early, as I was engaged in the panelists’ stories and their enthusiasm about their work at UBC made me feel excited as well.

I attended only half of the second careers exploration because it didn’t pull me in – I suppose I was not mentally invested in it in the first place. So much discussion of careers and post-graduation plans works its way into my daily life that listening to some established individuals discuss how they recently transitioned from students to professionals was almost frustrating for me. There were descriptions of luck and chance and killing time after they received their degrees before landing the jobs they are currently in; however, something about it just didn’t engage me. Perhaps it was that particular session about careers in marketing and communications that didn’t ‘speak to me’, but I left before the second session so now we won’t know!

Potential takeaways:

  • People working at UBC in student affairs love their jobs and it made me excited.
  • Working as a barista can be a good time-killer before being hired by a world-class marketing firm.
Personally, I think that those are adequate takeaways. With no goal in mind right now, I think the best I can do is continue on with what I’m doing and reach out to opportunities that pull me towards them. It is those that I believe will ultimately contribute (directly or indirectly) in some way to what I decide to make my next big step. I keep reminding myself that my first career or path does not have to be the only one I commit to, though I do want it to be a meaningful one that I can enjoy for some time and gain new skills and knowledge from.

My time as a member of the RHA has been something I’ve really enjoyed, perhaps it will take me somewhere I cannot see yet.

We shall see.