Can you believe that I’ve been blogging for four months now? I must say, we’ve had some good times on the lifeatuoft blog this summer. But September is in the air and it’s time for me to hang up my lifeatuoft blogger hat. I have to say, I’ll miss it. (And you, my lovely readers!)
But it’s the new school year (And let’s face it, this is the real “new year” for students. The one in January is just an excuse to set off fireworks!) and I want to make the most of it. There’s something wonderful about the new year. You have a fresh start, a completely new cast of people and ideas to fill up your day-to-day. Even though I’m going into my fourth year, everything feels new again when the leaves start turning gold and the air gets crisp.
If there’s anything that I’ve learned in my three years at University of Toronto, it’s that you have to be active to get the life you want. I want to fill my year with culture, adventure, good food, a decent amount of sleep and a healthy mixture of new and old friends. I don’t want to let stress destroy my life. I want to be responsible, and I want to try to take advantage of everything this fair school has to offer before it’s time to leave.
I, Emily-the-blogger, do solemnly swear, that in the 2011-2012 academic year I will:
- Make it on-time to my 9:30am classes. It’s true, I’m not a morning person. But it’s also true that I have to take this class in order to graduate. I had a 10am class last year. This can’t be that much worse. (Although yes, I did have a nasty habit of arriving at around 10:20am to the delight of my professor.) I will go to bed early this year. Or, at the very least I will put my coffee pot right next to my bed so that I can make coffee without getting up.
- Complete my papers before the due date so that I have time to edit them into perfection. I will schedule blocks of time for both the preparation and writing, and stick to my writing schedule diligently. I WILL NOT LEAVE MY PAPERS UNTIL THE NIGHT BEFORE THEIR DUE DATES. Maybe I’ll even book an appointment with a writing centre to help me plan out the perfect paper. 4.0 GPA, here I come!
- Actually drag myself to the gym on my mornings off and get into the best shape of my life. Yes, it’s true that I’m still too scared to walk into the Athletic Centre even though I live across the street, but I did take an exam somewhere inside of there once! Besides, the Hart House Gym is good enough for me! I went there last week, and if I can do that, I’m sure I can go three times a week before 10am! Maybe eventually I’ll muster up the courage to check out one of those drop-in Zumba classes at the Athletic Centre. I’ve heard that they’re a lot of fun.
- Join that club I’ve wanted to get involved with since first year, but have always been too busy and distracted to actually make it to a meeting. Even if I don’t fall in love with the club, at least I’ll be able to say that I finally tried.
- Don’t hibernate during the winter. You are not a bear. Yes, Toronto winters are a bit cold, but that shouldn’t be an excuse for hibernating all winter like I did last year! This year, I promise to participate in some form of winter sport, even if it’s just skating at Nathan Phillips Square.
Returning students, what are your resolutions for the new year? Have you been putting off something that you finally want to get done? How about you, new students? Here’s to 2011-2012, I sure hope the world doesn’t end anytime soon, because there’s too much to get done while we’re at U of T.