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Why does every year feel shorter than the last?

Why does every year feel shorter than the last?

A photo of Emi at the beach while the sun is setting.
The sun is setting on another year at U of T.

Yesterday, a video on The Atlantic caught my eye. It answered a question I often find myself pondering– Why does every year feel shorter than the last? The video came to a surprising conclusion. Regardless of what age we are, we all feel like time is going faster.

A graph of how people responded to the question "How fast did the last year pass for you?" At every age group (14-19, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80-89) people reported feeling like time passed at 1x the speed it did previously.
Source: The Atlantic

It feels like it was just yesterday when I was scrolling through the U of T job board, desperately hoping to find something I was qualified for. The minute I saw the job title “Photography Blogger,” I filled with excitement. I knew this position would be right up my alley.

I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to share my experiences on Life @ U of T this year. Being a blogger encouraged me to become a better writer and a more involved student. Over the course of the school year, I tried to improve my blog posts. Before writing, I asked myself, “What did I want to know in freshman year?”, “What kind of questions have I asked others?” Sometimes, I felt like I was straddling the fine line between informative and preachy. Does anyone care what I have to say?  But I know that if anyone found my posts useful, I did my job well.

Below are the some of the experiences that enriched my U of T experience the most this year!

A few members of the UTJA executive team.

Joining the University of Toronto Japan Association (UTJA) was one of the best decisions I made all year. Growing up in a small town, the only Japanese-Canadians I knew as a child were myself and my father. I didn’t feel like part of a Japanese-Canadian community and was scarcely aware of its existence. Through UTJA, I’ve become friends with Japanese-Canadians, Japanese exchange students, and people with an interest in Japanese culture. I’ve also delighted in putting my Adobe Suite skills to use as the club’s Creative Designer!

A group photo of girls at Harry Potter Pub Night.
Victoria College’s Harry Potter Pub Night

From birthday cupcakes to movie nights, event-planning as the co-president of my floor in residence this year was a blast. While we struggled to make due with a limited budget and busy schedules, everything always came together in the end.

A talk delivered by Trudeau fellow Neekoo Collett to PCJ students at the Munk School of Global Affairs.

I’ve also loved my first year in the Peace, Conflict, and Justice program. The tight-knit community formed through small class sizes and mutual suffering is everything I hoped it would be. Plus, being Communications Director of the Peace, Conflict, and Justice Society (PCJS) has given me the opportunity I didn’t know I needed to put my extensive font collection to use.

What was your favourite U of T experience this year? Leave a comment below!

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