Well, the first week has been off to a good start, albeit a little bit hectic. (#firstdaystories How was your week?) It’s funny how things turn out, really.
Here’s what happened to me:
I have one course this semester. I often feel reluctant to tell people this, because usually they scowl and say they hate me. But that is just how my university career has worked out, and I’ll be honest—it’s pretty sweet. I feel a little like this guy:
Or, at least, I want to feel like that guy. The class is one night a week, two hours, mostly reading—easy!
It was on Wednesday, which happened to be the same day as my Life @ U of T Community Crew meeting. The meeting was at 4 pm, and the class was at 6 pm, so it was fine.
I decided to use my morning wisely. I did laundry. Oh, the joys of living independently!
The laundromat is close to my house, so I can go home between cycles. It takes six trips altogether to finally clean my clothes. While I’m waiting around at home I usually read, or watch a bit of a movie, visit the internets, or, as I decided to do on this particular day, I work out.
Why did I choose the hottest day in September to start a healthy exercise routine?
But once I was good and exhausted and thoroughly drenched in sweat, I threw on a quick set of clothes, and ran out to grab my laundry. It was 3 pm. When I got home I was going to shower, change (into clean clothes), grab my books, my bag, and head off to my meeting, and then my class. I was feeling exactly like this guy:
And that’s when everything went ridiculously wrong! I had forgotten my keys!
There I was, stranded outside my apartment, burning up in the 40-degree heat, sweating buckets, underdressed, no books, no bag, holding a huge sack full of shirts, shorts, socks, and underwear, and time was ticking!
Luckily, I had my wallet and my cell-phone. But, of course, it was starting to thunderstorm! I really had no choice. It was almost 4 pm. I had to go!
I took the subway to St. George station (blessed TTC!). Along the way, I realized I had forgotten to find out where I my class was being held. Also, the room had been changed for my Life @ U of T meeting, so I really had no idea where I was going.
Find a computer, public access Internet! So where did I go—Robarts! I looked up the building code and room number for my class, and found the new location for my meeting. Then I hit the washroom, rinsed my face, and changed into a clean shirt. Turns out laundry is pretty useful to carry around.
Well, not that good, but I was feeling better. I went to my meeting, met some new people, ate a Timbit or two, and then hurried through the rain to my class.
And my class was great!
It was introductory, but the readings sounded new and intriguing, and the professor was very enthusiastic, which is of paramount importance for evening classes!
In the end, it was a good first day. Unexpectedly hectic, but good for just that reason. It was a jumpstart back into managing my university career. At times things can be chaotic and uncertain. There will certainly be surprises. But that’s life, really. Who knows what will happen? I’ll do what I have to do, and hopefully in April I’ll feel like this guy:
‘Til we meet again, U of T, stay diamond!
2 comments on “And So It Begins!”
Haha. Jonghyun gif! XD
The weather has been absolutely wacky the past week! And oh yeah, I totally envy your schedule since I’m taking 6 courses for the first time this term >.< I'm trying to manage my time better, but it's only been 1 week and I'm only caught up on one course 🙁
Six courses! Wow! Can’t say I’ve handled that many before. Five is my limit. But I have friends who have taken six, and my sister took a full course load, while also volunteering at a women’s shelter, and working at the Four Seasons Hotel in the kitchen.
I remember asking her how in the world she could do all that, and her trick was to set deadlines for herself, and to take advantage of all her in-between time. She would study during her commute to school and to work, during her breaks, between classes, etc. All those little moments really add up.
Still there was a lot of work. Time management is a tireless skill to learn.
And yeah, the weather is crazy!
All the best, D.