Welcome to UpbeaT!

HEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEELLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO READERS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Welcome Back! Welcome back to a new school year, filled with potential for exciting new student experiences, crazy stresses, and an overall back-bending, mind-numbing fantastic experience of U of T student trial and tribulations. As we dip into September, the prospects of a new school year get me into my 'New-Year Resolution Mode' - to work harder, to get better grades, to better myself as a person, to take a more positive view during the stressful periods, and to enjoy this year just as much as I enjoyed last year. I also hope that this year I can bring my blogging to a higher level, and work to capture the student experience with greater, detailed precision. I hope we can interact with each and every one of you through our posts and comments section. Last year our bloggers were most delighted to write 120 posts about everything and anything we could think of - this year we aim to top our achievement from last year and bring something new to the virtual world of UpbeaT, while continuing to provide you with the same great support. If you have any suggestions, ideas or thoughts, we want to hear your voice, so we can write about what interests you, and more readers can call UpbeaT their regularly weekly stop for everything student life. This summer we've also had the opportunity to start thinking ahead about this blogging year, and there are some exciting and interesting experiences that I would love to share with all of you. So in the first month or two, keep an eye out for a blast from the past! 🙂 And of course, we'll look toward the promising future and write about events that you can engage in and challenge yourself. For those of you who are new to UpbeaT, and U of T in general, I understand that university can be a pretty scary place and because the competition is fierce, every student wants to stay on top of their game and ahead of the pack. With two years of university under my belt, and diving into a promising third year, I (like all the other UpbeaT bloggers) hope to remind you not only that there is more to student life than academics but also encourage you to take a leap and try something new. University is a wonderful place, and a safe-haven where you can be more than the sum of your parts - more than a brain or a body or a student or a male or female or a number - you can be whatever you want to be ... and that is a very empowering experience. I am SO excited - I've got so many crazy, exciting wonderful things to share with you this year and I think we are going to have a FANTASTIC TIME! Welcome, Welcome, Welcome!! Welcome back ... to U of T, and to lifeatuoft! - Fariya

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