Soaring, Flying

Ah, my last post on the blog. I really don’t know what path to take with my goodbye. Do I want to end it off with inspiration? Humor? Tears? Motivation? A metaphorical mike-drop?

Because let’s be honest, where do I even begin with this goodbye? Imagine the Spice Girls breaking up. Or Zayn leaving One Direction. OR JUST DRAKE. What I’m saying is that I just have a lot of feelings.

I was a first-year who came here thinking that I would be superwoman. I would attend all my lectures and tutorials. I’d ace all my classes. I’d be involved in extracurricular activities. I’d volunteer at a hospital and work a summer job in the science field for four months. I’d repeat the process every year, and then I’d be accepted into medical school and repeat the process again (except more…medically). I had my whole future planned out.

And here I am 3 years later. I sometimes sleep through my morning lectures by accident. I consider it an accomplishment to finish an assignment one hour before the deadline. I might get a not-so-stellar grade in a class. I don’t even know what I’m having for lunch tomorrow.

But here’s the thing …when I think about first-year Api and compare her with third-year Api, I still feel as accomplished as I wanted to be, just not in the way I planned.

I’m on the community crew to share my own student experience here at U of T. And guess what? Sometimes, it wasn’t so great. It’s frustrating to get bad grades. It’s intimidating when it feels like everyone around you has it together. But here’s the big secret I later found out: not everyone does have it together. That doesn’t mean I was going to pass on some of the amazing opportunities that this school has to offer.

I’ve focused on doing thing’s I enjoy. Just because thing’s didn’t always go the way I wanted, I still tried to keep my head in the game. We had some great posts that reflected this very idea. Missing final exams, dropping courses, flunking courses – it all happens. I could dwell on my setbacks, or I could work to solve them, and move forward. Setbacks for me were just the start of something new.

So that’s where I want to leave my goodbye – with a hope to match Troy and Gabriella’s budding love, and a promise that I’m going to continue trying to soar and fly.

This isn’t really goodbye, it’s just a see you later. Or a ‘see you at Robart’s when I’m line for Starbucks.’ Either way, it’s been real, U of T. :)

POSter Child

Hey kids, it’s springtime!

This means the crocuses and snowdrops are coming up, and we may eventually get consistent sun and warmth. For most of us it means exams. And for anyone entering second year or switching programs, it means Subject Program of Study (POSt) enrollment time.

Subject POSts are the programs of study we’ll follow for our remaining time at U of T. They determine what courses we can or cannot take, and whether we’ll end up with a B.SC or B.A.

Every other year I’ve been applying to a Type 1 or Type 2 Subject POSt, so applying has been a simple matter of finding the Subject POSt Code and adding it on ROSI, and either getting in right away (for a Level 1 POSt) or waiting until an administrator has confirmed I meet the minimum grade requirements (for a Level II POSt).

But now I’m applying to a Type 3 POSt and it feels like a much bigger deal.

Unlike Levels 1 and 2 POSts, which don’t require much effort beyond waiting for approval, Level 3 require separate applications. There’s a long list of programs in this category, including music performance and health and disease. In my case, the international relations (IR) major program requires specific confirmation that I have taken all its prerequisite courses, as well as a small essay. It’s only 500 words, but it feels like there’s a lot on the line.

My admission to this POSt won’t drastically affect my academic path, as it might have had I applied sooner. I don’t have very many credits left for a full degree, and have already taken a few IR major requirements this year and through transfer credits. But I’d like to make it official. This does of course mean that I will be spending a lot more time in Trinity College, a long-time friendly rival of my home base of University College, but it’s a sacrifice I am willing to make. ;)

This will also mean that I will be headed for a Bachelor of Arts rather than my initial plan of a Bachelor of Science in actuarial science. This doesn’t bother me as much as it once did, but it’s a little sad to leave something I was so proud of behind in such an official way.

However, I’m looking forward to the awesome-sounding courses that will be available to me.

How about you? Are you applying to a new Subject POSt? Let me know how it’s going in the comments, and good luck!

Know your (copy)rights

Thursday, April 23 marks World Book and Copyright Day. The international event was established by UNESCO in 1995 to celebrate books and authors, promote literacy, and raise awareness about copyright.

At U of T, students will be working away in the stacks with their noses, rather appropriately, buried deep in their textbooks on this day. Downstairs at Robarts, a public reading of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes- all 104,333 words of it –  will be taking place all day long. The U of T Libraries will also digitize a book new to the public domain based on the results of a social media contest that’s ongoing throughout the week – check out the hashtag #UofTBookBattle to cast your vote.

The first edition of the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes. Via Wikimedia Commons.

The first edition of the Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle. Via Wikimedia Commons.

It’s easy to get on board with a celebration of books – but what about copyright?

Copyright at U of T has changed in the last couple of years. Previously, the university had an agreement with Access Copyright, an organization that acted as a liaison between the school and copyright holders, like authors and publishers. Fees for students were high, but copyright regulations in Canada have opened up in recent years and open access material is increasingly available. So, in early 2014, citing these reasons, the university opted out of their agreement with the group to take on copyright matters internally. The university hired on Bobby Glushko, a copyright librarian, to run what is now the University of Toronto Scholarly Communications and Copyright Office (SCCO).

The main group of people who use this office at the university are faculty members – professors who want to include materials in their course packs, for example. But, as Glushko puts its, “The SCCO is here for everyone in the U of T community, not just faculty.” Students are welcome to visit the office with any concerns.

“Last year, we helped over 20 grad students with questions relating to their thesis work, and its not just graduate students who he help,” he says, adding, “we helped several undergraduates who had questions on assignments or publications.”

The SCCO also helps students by helping professors – in the fall semester last year, for example, they worked with instructors to reduce the costs of coursepacks using open access materials and fair dealing, saving students $100,000 in coursepack costs.

As students, copyright impacts us through issues of plagiarism, citation, access to materials, and user rights.

Good-to-know copyright lingo. Copyrighted materials: Copyright refers to the right to copy - according to the Canadian Intellectual Property Office, “the sole right to produce or reproduce a work of a substantial part of it in any form.” Copyright generally applies for the duration of the lifetime of the author of the material until fifty years after their death. It then becomes… Public domain: Anything in the public domain is intellectual property where the copyright has expired or been forfeited. These days, a lot of people are doing the latter and making their material... Open access: This refers to content, often scholarly research, that is published online without restrictions to access. There are varying degrees of open access with different user’s rights. These are categorized through Creative Commons licenses.  Fair dealing: Fair dealing is a defense to allegations of copyright infringement. The use of the material must be fair, and must be (in Canada) for purposes of research, private study, education, parody, satire, criticism or review, or news reporting.

Good-to-know copyright lingo.

When you’re using materials through the U of T libraries catalogue, you can check on the copyright by looking at the “Permitted Uses.” This will show you a list of ways you can or can’t use the material – for example, you may be allowed to link to a source, but not allowed to print and distribute it.

Glushko advises: “Generally with student work, for in class assignments and other course work, if it’s not an academic integrity issue, it’s not a copyright issue.”

Pay attention to permissions, cite carefully, and don’t plagiarize. If you’re ever uncertain about permissions, talk to a librarian. You can also be in touch with the SCCO at copyright@library.utoronto.ca – or, they’re on twitter and instagram!

There’s a ton of great open content that you can find online. U of T hosts lots of fascinating material through its online special digital collections, where you can look through manuscript fragments, a collection on the discovery of insulin, and over 200,000 public domain books digitized right here at U of T. TSpace is an open access repository for scholarly work from U of T. It’s a great resource to check out research happening on campus. Glushko recommends The Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library for their “AMAZING work in the public domain.” You can follow them on instagram.

Flowers for spring: Lysimachia quadrifolia by Agnes Chamberlain. via Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library. Some of their special collections are available on Flickr!

Creative Commons flowers for spring: Lysimachia quadrifolia by Agnes Chamberlain. via Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library. Some of their special collections are available on their Flickr page!

Given the growing access to materials like these online, there’s a lot of attention on intellectual property and copyright issues right now. More and more information is available on the web everyday. U of T offers you access online, through the libraries, to collections, peer-reviewed journals, movies, databases, and full books. Be mindful of permissions, but also be sure to take advantage of the heaps of knowledge you’re afforded through the university. Go to Robarts on Thursday and listen to the rousing exploits of Sherlock Holmes in the public domain – and read along on the internet archive, if you’re so inclined. The access we have to books, art, and research is certainly something worth celebrating. Happy World Book and Copyright Day, U of T!

What are you reading, U of T (besides, of course, textbooks)? Let me know in the comments or on twitter at @lifeatuoft.

What would you tell your first-year self?

What would you tell your first-year self? Over the past three years there have definitely been times when I wish I could go back in time to tell my first-year self something.

a girl stands in front of a red brick building and smiles. beside her is a sign that says "st. hilda's"

pictured: my first year self on the day I moved into residence

Sometimes it’s something that I wish I could have reassured myself with (like “don’t worry if you don’t get into residence second year, you’re going to great a great apartment with your best friends”), and sometimes it’s something that I wish I had done in first year to save myself stress now (like taking all my breadth requirements in first year, or taking french because it will be important for grad school.) Sometimes I wish I could go back and let myself know that I’m going to really like a subject that hadn’t really been on my radar before (like Russian history) so that I can take more of it (I really wish I had taken Russian language because I would really like to do a masters in Russian history now).

In addition to those things that I would tell myself I asked a few people around campus what they would tell their first year selves.

girl poses for the camera

Hayley, third year: “Work hard but still allow yourself time to enjoy your university experience. At the end of the day, grades aren’t everything!”

guy wearing hat poses for the camera

Michael, third year: “Michael has no idea, he’s still a first-year at heart.”

a girl faces the camera and smiles while sitting in a cubicle at graham library

Jahaan, third year: “You don’t need to use other people around you as a measure for success; relying on your passion for something will help you thrive.”

guy wearing dog sweater poses for the camera

Ondiek, third year: “Don’t take courses that you aren’t passionate about for the “prestige,” listen to more Rihanna music, Floss your teeth.”

girl with sunglasses on poses for the camera

Katy, third year: “Don’t worry if you don’t stick to your original plan. You might find things that you’re more interested in that you hadn’t thought of!”

guy wearing sweater poses for the camera

Johnny, third year: “Be resourceful. Look into credit/no-credit for those courses you don’t know anything about… Trust me, it can really save your GPA. Also, when you have questions or you don’t know what you’re doing, just email your prof. You’ll suffer a lot less.”

 What about you? What would you tell your first-year self? What is something you wish you knew in first year?

 

Making the Switch

Do you folks ever have revelations while cramming for a final? I don’t mean revelations like “I’m going to turn on an episode of Gilmore Girls now because I know I’m going to fail tomorrow.” No, no, no – that’s too mundane. I’m talking about those changes that will outrageously alter the course of your life.

I had one of those.

During my study session for my first final, I decided that I no longer wanted to major in the program that the course fell under. I came into the program with a very clear idea of what I wanted from it, but realized after two years that it wasn’t what I expected. I didn’t find the program to be difficult, but it became extremely exhausting to feign interest in one course, nevermind the five other credits I needed to graduate with that major.

So, after short consultations with the Internet, peers in the program that I was interested in, and my registrar – I decided to start a new major at the end of my third year. I decided that Literature and Critical Theory was more ideal for what I wanted out of my degree. It works well with what I’m already studying, and allows me to critically engage with different media texts. I’m one step closer towards writing a dissertation about the societal merits of Jersey Shore. I’m prepared because I know I’ll have to do a fifth year regardless of switching programs and I’ll be able to take Summer courses to catch up. I only really had 1.5 program-specific credits in that major. I am more than okay knowing that I will be graduating with a degree in something that I am actually passionate about.

Being exam season and all, there’s probably several of you who are running into the same situation. Especially those of you in first year who are about to finish all your introductory courses. It’s okay to take a path that is different from what you expected in the beginning. Like, actually. More than 60% of university students change their majors at least once. Don’t feel like you’re required to continue in a subject that you’re not passionate about simply because you happen to already take a few courses. 

If you are an upper-year make sure that you are fully prepared before you decide to switch programs. Understand that you may have to take fifth year, summer courses, and compose your emotions because your twenty-one-year-old self may have to be in a room full of second year students. It is so, so important that you are confident in your finances, abilities, and graduation timeline.

You’re not a failure for changing your plans — it just took a little longer for you to realize your niche. I want to use some analogy about the tortoise and the hare, but it’s exam season and I’m way too tired to be creative. So, use your imagination!

Best,
Ondiek Oduor

 

Finding Headspace in the Midst of Exams 

If you had told me in September that 8 months from now I would be an avid supporter of meditation – I would have told you that you were crazy! 

I grew up my whole life with a mother who was very into yoga, so I’m no stranger to meditative practices and how beneficial they can be for the mind and body. But I could just never manage to actually get the hang of it. I would always get distracted, or end up spending the entire time thinking and worrying – which is the opposite goal of meditation to begin with! 

That was until I heard an online blogger talk about the app Headspace.

The interface of the headspace app! I'm obsessed with how clean and simple the graphics are!

The interface of the headspace app! I’m obsessed with how clean and simple the graphics are!

Headspace is a mobile guided meditation app. Their beginners trial is a 10-day, 10-minute guided meditation series that is aimed to introduce you to the process of meditation – and help you get more headspace. 

I was really doubtful that this would actually work for my anxiety-ridden, million-miles-an-hour mind, but I thought it couldn’t hurt to give it a try! 

Well 2 weeks after my 10 day trial and I’m still obsessed! 

Image via. www.headspace.com

Image via. www.headspace.com

I started the trial around the end of classes, and although it was hard to make time at the beginning, I started to look forward to my 10 minutes of meditation a day. Instead of giving me 10 minutes a day where I don’t have to think about anything, the meditation encouraged me to let thoughts flow in and out of my mind naturally. It didn’t feel like I was trying to suppress anything, but I wasn’t trying to focus on anything specific either. 

I started out by doing it every morning. Before I ate breakfast and got ready for the day, I would sit on my bed with a cup of coffee and go through my 10 minute routine.

Now, I’m meditating for 10 minutes every morning – and during the day when I feel like I need some mental space or quiet time. 

Now that it's nice out I might even try some outdoor meditation at secret nooks like this one at Vic!

Now that it’s nice out I might even try some outdoor meditation at secret nooks like this one at Vic!

For me, meditation is about the combination of routine – and doing what feels natural. I want it to be integrated into my every day life, not something that feels unnatural and forced. 

You can get the app for free here, but if you’re looking for something a bit more hands-on, the U of T offers free meditation classes every day – all across campus

Try the bamboo garden in the Donnelly Centre

Try some meditation in the bamboo garden in the Donnelly Centre

There are also a variety of different meditation spaces on campus. I’m a big fan of the multi-faith and meditation room at Robarts for some mid-studying headspace, but I’ve also tried some of these quiet campus getaways recommended by Amie

Meditation has really helped me during exams; it gives me specific time to relax, which means I’m more focused when it’s time to study. 

image via. https://www.headspace.com

image via. https://www.headspace.com

Do you have any routines or tricks that help you get through exams? Or do you know of any awesome meditative spots on campus I need to check out? Let me know in the comments below or on twitter @Rachael_UofT 

The University of Tokyo’s Hongo Campus

My courses this semester are divided between the University of Tokyo’s two campuses: Komaba and Hongo. I spend most weekday mornings at the former before catching a train across the city to the latter.

This image shows the entryway to the University of Tokyo's Hongo Campus. It features a concrete path lines with green-leafed trees and brown brick buildings.

The entrance to the University of Tokyo’s Hongo Campus.

Hongo is located at the site of the original Tokyo Imperial University, and is home to the university’s original departments: law, medicine, literature, and engineering. Meanwhile, Komaba Campus most notably features the department of arts and science. This division of departments has an important implication for exchange students pursuing double-majors; in many cases, it’s necessary to make the fifty minute trip between the two campuses in order to take a combination of courses that fulfills both majors. In my case, most of my East Asian studies courses are at Komaba, while my political science courses, oddly enough, fall under the law department at Hongo.

But travelling between the two campuses really isn’t so bad; I read and listen to music on the train to make the commute easier and more productive. Studying at Hongo has also given me the chance to explore a number of new and exciting areas in Tokyo. The Hongo San-Chome area surrounding campus is packed with cozy restaurants priced with students in mind. This neighbourhood also features an abundance of natural scenery. For instance, here’s a garden located about ten minutes from campus: This image shows rows of red flowers under a blue sky. Meanwhile, Sanshiro Pond is a great place for relaxing within the confines of Hongo Campus:

This image shows a pond surrounded by a stone path and trees.

Sanshiro Pond located in Hongo Campus [source]

Hongo is a relatively quiet area of Tokyo, but its close proximity to the more lively area of Ginza provides students with an environment that easily allows for both studying and hanging out.

This image shows a street lined with tall, neon-lit buildings.

Ginza [source]

This is my last post, so I’d like to offer some concluding remarks. I can’t recommend studying abroad enough. My time here has been both academically and socially enriching, and I’ve learned some new things about myself along the way. That being said, I firmly believe that my time here has been rewarding because I’ve actively seeked ways to make the most of it. A year abroad is, like most things, what you make of it. It’s a personal experience – the value and purpose of which differ from one individual to another. I’m not going to succumb to the cliches that many travel brochures and study abroad programs present - that going to other countries necessarily “broadens your horizons” or “completely changes your outlook” (whatever that means), because it doesn’t necessarily. However, traveling at least provides certain opportunities that are often difficult, if not outright impossible, to attain at home, whether you choose to seize them or not. My time here has been incredible, mainly because I’ve pursued my Japan-related interests and made great friends. Being in Japan has given me the opportunity to continue my studies, while stepping outside of Trinity College. My time at the University of Tokyo has also reaffirmed my desire to live in Japan after graduation. In this way, studying abroad has given me a chance to reflect on my past years at U of T, deeply enjoy the present, and prepare for the future. I hope your exchange is just as rewarding as mine has been.

See you around campus in September.

-ブレット

From tomorrow to today.

After five long years, I’ve come to the point where I’ve had to make a hard choice yet again: what to do with my future. Granted, the future is something that I worry about most days (being a mostly-humanities student with chronic anxiety), but now is the time to worry more than ever. I’ve had to make grad school decisions.

Granted, with the job market what it has been, I wasn’t always sure that grad school was even the best choice. It’s a lot of money to apply, with competition for most schools being rather fierce. The commitment is pretty long term (I’ll be in my thirties by the time I can call myself “Doctor“), and just the task of doing a PhD is daunting enough. I’ve spent a long time thinking about getting “a real job”, but in the end I realized that I simply love learning, I love teaching, and I love the potential to create new knowledge in the world. And I would be happier in the end to have completed a PhD and be entirely unemployable, than to have missed out on an opportunity to do what I love.

So, I applied to grad schools with the advice of some helpful faculty, and awaited responses. Rejections came back swiftly, and dejection set in just as fast. But, after a while (a long, long while), some positive news came in.

Last week I accepted my offer to stay at UofT for a PhD.

This week, I flunked a course.

I’ve been extremely busy trying to keep up with planning for the future. I’ve been weighing grad school decisions. I’ve been looking at prospective jobs. I’ve been looking at the grading I’ll have to do at the end of the term. I’ve been travelling to conferences so my CV can be more competitive next year. And in doing all of that, I lost sight of what was going on today. The things I have due and overdue. And I failed to pace myself.

Granted, I flunked that course because I had a major depressive episode and never wrote my final term paper in time for final grades to be submitted. But that isn’t an excuse for not making progress on the assignment before: I’ve had weeks. Still, throughout that time, I was focusing on tomorrow rather than today, when I should have kept in mind that there is no tomorrow until the day is done. Thankfully, my faculty’s recent policy changes for the term make it easy for me to remove the course from my transcript, but it’s a shame to have put in so much good work, to attend every week, and then miss finishing up because I wasn’t focusing on today.

Fortunately, as I head into a new chapter of my life as a PhD student, I’ll be living in a long tomorrow (a long today). But as we all continue to move forward, we should pause to remember that we don’t move forward without first starting from here. So, let’s embrace it.

Here’s to here.
Here’s to now.

 

The Finals Week Guide to Productive TV-Watching 

Ondiek’s amazing post last week about how our lives start to resemble sit-coms really resonated with me, because as I’ve mentioned in past posts, I am a TV enthusiast.

My problem though, is that the binge watching tends to take over my life during finals because it is my brain’s number one method of procrastination. So, I’ve taken the liberty of putting together some my go-to tricks for TV-watching in a safe, productive and not-at-all harmful to your education kind of way.

If you’re one of the stronger few who are able to resist TV all together while studying, then kudos to you my friends! But if you’re like me and you’re weak, then enjoy some structured TV time. YOU DESERVE IT, U OF T.

1. Don’t start any new shows. – The age of online TV streaming from Netflix, Hulu, Shomi etc, means that I will have all ten seasons of Grey’s Anatomy at my disposal, waiting to be watched. My worst set of finals was the semester that I decided to start watching it while studying. Yes, I know all the reviews of Orange is the New Black are amazing, and I know that my friend has been recommending House of Cards for like a year now, but IT’S A TRAP.

No matter how great the teaser, be strong my friends: 

2. Use it as a pick-me-up or reward – For my last essay I used an episode of the Mindy Project (one of my favorite shows) as a reward for finishing each page of writing. The episodes are only 20 minutes long, so it doesn’t cut into my productivity, and Mindy is so funny that I go back to my essay writing in a better mood.

Don’t let your breaks be great. Let them be GRRRREAT.

3. Re-watch episodes you’ve seen before. – This is a where I feel the most guilty about my TV watching. Sometimes I’m so bored that I just feel like watching while studying. Or I like to have background noise. To slowly curb this terrible habit, I got into re-watching episodes or scenes that I’ve seen before. This way, I don’t feel the need to give all my attention to the episode, and I can actually get work done. But I don’t recommend this for anything other than note-taking/ transcribing, because otherwise you might start thinking about Troy’s fan-boy meltdown on Community, instead of the five principles of Medicare, and that is mildly problematic (I’ve been there).

So there you have it. Happy watching, and happy finals everyone! If you have any tips on how to curb this TV procrastination even more, then let me know down in the comments!

A concise history of my Life at U of T

It was a warm early September day when I arrived to move in to Whitney Hall residence at the University of Toronto. I rolled up in a stylish ride (a minivan) with a slick posse to accompany me (my parents). I was brimming with emotions, on the cusp of a new life, having only ever glimpsed Toronto for the occasional family gathering.

Thumbs up in front of Whitney Hall. You can't see it because of my sunglasses, but my eyes are gleaming with naive hopes for the future.

Thumbs up in front of Whitney Hall! You can’t see it because of my sunglasses, but my eyes are gleaming with hopes for the future.

I was going to take on the big city in stride, study international relations, go to law school, study abroad, and beyond that, who knows? Possibility was everywhere I looked— until, suddenly, my view was obstructed by a loud slam as a bandana-wearing, face-painted frosh leader launched against the sliding doors of the van shouting an ear-splitting cheer.

Five years later, that moment seems emblematic of my experience at U of T. There were a lot of “slams” along the way – a lot of big changes, that is. As it turned out, I did not have my academic career precisely mapped out the day I arrived at this institution. The record scratches on the soundtrack to my fantasy undergraduate experience continued as I found that frosh week was not my thing; attended my first lectures and realized that maybe the material wasn’t for me; and, shortly thereafter, dropped economics, a prerequisite for the program I meant to go into.

At the time, admittedly, I was a wreck. But I’ve now arrived at the end of this story, and I can say with certainty that it all worked out! I switched to a double major in English and Jewish studies with a minor in History— a program which I was passionate about and which provided me with opportunities to conduct research, study abroad, and try out service learning. I was also involved with the English Students’ Union and the Jewish Studies Students’ Union, and got a work-study position at the Centre for Jewish Studies.

I studied abroad in Berlin through Jewish studies. Mauerpark karaoke was a highlight!

I studied abroad in Berlin through Jewish studies. Mauerpark karaoke was a highlight!

Despite not being one for cheers and matching t-shirts, I made lots of friends at my college through residence and involvement in student governance. I got involved with several other campus groups, most notably The Varsity, U of T’s tri-campus newspaper, where I recently finished up my term as Editor-in-Chief.

At The Varsity, my home on campus! Knitting because, well, I'm usually knitting. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Su.

At The Varsity, my home on campus! Knitting because, well, I’m usually knitting. Photo courtesy of Jennifer Su.

Along the way, I trekked all over the city to see music and art and explore different neighbourhoods, I met diverse, passionate people from across the university, and I learned a lot about myself. Possibility is still everywhere I look, and I’ve figured out that the challenges that sometimes get in the way of it only help you grow stronger and refine (or, in many cases, redefine!) your goals.

In the fall, I’m sticking around here at U of T for graduate studies at the iSchool in Culture and Technology (and yes, you may note, this has little to do with my undergraduate academic program  — in keeping with the theme of many changes!).

So, U of T, that’s a bit about me! My name is Danielle and I’m very much looking forward to blogging for you this summer. I will be posting here about all things U of T. My goal for the summer is to get active! Gone are my days of sitting for hours on end in lectures (until September, anyway!), so I’m going to walk every inch of campus, see corners I’ve missed in the grind of the school year, and hit up Hart House gym on the daily.

I’d love to learn a bit about you too! What are your goals for the summer? You can reach me in the comments below or on twitter at @lifeatuoft. Be in touch!