I mentioned this in my introductory post, but I double major in English and Book & Media Studies, which essentially means that I LOVE literature, and I do. I really do. Reading and writing from an early age has led me to a life long love of literature and the title of a self-professed bibliophile (throwback to past blogger Amie’s post on the Victoria College book sale, who is also a bibliophile!).
So what could be more appropriate for me, as an avid book lover, than to visit the Victoria College Book Sale this past week! The book sale took place on the 1st and 2nd floors of Old Vic from September 22 to 26 and this year, they celebrated their 25th anniversary. Old Vic is the building on the Victoria College grounds that sort of looks like a whimsical gingerbread castle (to me, anyways). I entered the building and was excited to see the sheer number of incredible book lovers huddling over interesting books.
It’s only a month into school and midterms are hitting us already. In my agenda, there is this backlog of assignments and all the due dates happen to fall within the same week. It happens every year and I’m always looking for more tips on how to stay positive during this time.
this is me at 2 years old and ice-cream is still the only thing that makes me completely stress-free!
This week has been like swimming through a tank full of jellyfish :(
This week has been a tough week for me. A lot has happened and a lot still remains to be going on. The majority of it has simply been personal, but sometimes personal obstacles are the ones that seem the most difficult. And in my opinion, rightly so, because to me personal battles are actually opportunities to grow in disguise.
In times of personal struggles, I have found that creativity and art are two things that ground me. Writing in a journal for instance, or even doodling in sketch pad. But sometimes inspiration to be creative doesn’t come easily when faced with a mountain that needs to be overcome. In these times, I enjoy finding inspiration in the more traditional way: that is surrounding myself with art. And what better way to do this than by taking advantage of Hart House’s free monthly Art Tour?
This past school year, I lived in a creaky, vintage (old) house comprised of both students and young professionals. Inside, examples of some common occurrences were: uncomfortable heating spikes, cleaning up other peoples’ messes so I could cook dinner, and, my personal favourite, forgetting to bring some toilet paper rolls from my room to the bathroom only to realize the terrible mistake I made later on in the day.
Back in my very first blog post, I set a goal to let myself be more creative. As I explained there, I have a lot of trouble letting my creative juices flow. I get hung up on projects not being perfect and end up abandoning them halfway through. Or at least I did. This year has been a year of falling back in tune with my creativity. Blogging with the crew has given me the opportunity to find beautiful things in the places around me and forced my to stop letting my camera collect dust. I really felt like I had met this goal yesterday, when I got to see my work printed in the new UC Review.
The UC Review is an annual collection of student poetry, prose, photography and art, that’s been running for the past 40 years. This year’s edition, which returned after a short hiatus, is absolutely beautiful, with brilliant work and brilliant design.
UC is one of the bigger colleges at U of T, and at times this can make it feel difficult to find a sense of community. However, I found that flipping through the review made that feeling go away entirely. What I love most about the review is that it gave me a chance to sample all of the hidden talents of the students that I walk by or bump into grabbing coffee everyday, that it gave me a chance to find a little community of artists hidden inside my college.
From college journals to faculty newspapers, there are tons of opportunities on campus to have your work seen. If you’re looking for a way to get your creative juices flowing, I would definitely recommend submitting your work to one of those publications. There’s no better feeling than seeing your work printed for the world to see, and it’s a great way to find a little creative community hidden right under your nose.
You can pick up free copies of the UC Review from the Alumni Lounge in University College. All U of T students can submit to the review, but priority is placed on the work of UC students. For more information, see their website.