Tell me U of T, what excites your spirit?

    I’m Sarah AKA @Sarah_UofT and I am the Team Captain of your Student Life Community Crew! Get ready to embark upon a beautiful adventure with me, full of some serious soul-searching. I’m majoring in Political Science and Ethics, Society and Law with an extra minor in Writing and Rhetoric.  I’m a diehard FC Barcelona fan, feminist and political theory junkie with an interest in mysticism, social justice and chocolate. My friends often compare me to Leslie Knope (from Parks and Recreation)—and they are spot on. To really get the DL on who I am, I suggest reading Myers-Briggs' description of INFJ—I’ve been creeped out by the accuracy of the results for a good week now. I’ve never been one to define my life purpose with job titles.  I chose UofT to find my calling—not a career path. After reading Rousseau’s Second Discourse in POL320, I realized that I don’t want to get stuck in a hamster wheel running towards my death to be in a position to live. So, I decided to configure my life according to a Rumi quote: “Respond to every call that excites your spirit.” I am fulfilling my life purpose right now through my extracurriculars. Whether it’s hosting a “Girl Talk” with BIAAG-Plan UT, a fundraiser for The Underwear Club, sharing my experiences on Twitter or organizing a career seminar for the Ethics, Society and Law Students’ Association, I know that I am helping someone by harnessing the power of community to facilitate meaningful dialogue.
Leslie Knope from Parks and Recreation.
Finding my calling was a lot like puberty; you have to listen to what your body is telling you. When you ace a paper you wrote last minute because it just came naturally; when you really connect with someone who shares your vision; when you unearth a subtext after sleepless nights of esoteric analysis; or when you leverage your leadership skills to mobilize  your networks for philanthropy. These moments come with physical bi-products: a quickening pulse, a strengthened tongue, a steady foot and a farsighted glance. That’s how I can tell my spirit is excited. Do you know what I’m talking about? Have you ever felt this?
I’ve shaped my university experience to produce these moments on a daily basis for constant excitement and inspiration. As a blogger for Life @ UofT, I’m on a mission. I want to connect with you and make you feel in touch with our campus; I’m not going to give you the cliché “get involved” and “get connected” speech. With every tweet and post, I, Sarah, promise to inspire, to support and to assist you. I want to show you how you can actualize your potential by realizing what excites your spirit. I want to experience my last year at U of T with you. I want to really get to know you—who you are, what you want to do in life, how you are feeling about Life @UofT etc. Last of all, I want you to know that I’m just like you in that we walk on similar paths and that we are in this thing called “U of T” together. So, let’s explore it together. One blog post at a time, I want to lessen the distance between us through understanding, inspiration and guidance. Do you understand what I mean by the word “connect” now? I don’t want my words to be a one-way projection of information. It takes two to start a conversation; so I need you to tweet me your thoughts, comment below, join discussions on our Facebook page and let me know what’s on your mind! So let’s get down to business…tell me U of T, what excites your spirit?

1 comment on “Tell me U of T, what excites your spirit?

  1. Firstly, awesomely inspiring explanation of what excited your spirit. Your writing honestly entices me and for once I wished something that I was reading was longer.
    My spirit is excited by wonderful, driven, and insightful individuals that give me hope that this world is still a good place. I’ve met a lot of those individuals at UofT, to my surprise. I’ve been able to identify my desire to ignite a change in things, in the smallest ways (hence my journey towards a career in policy analysis and research). It excites my spirit knowing that I’m working towards something that I’m actually passionate about; not just something that looks good on paper. At UofT I’ve achieved the most fulfillment by reconnecting with my one and only authentic passion: dancing. Through OHDC, which is the most inclusive dance club on campus btw, I’ve realized that you can never ignore what the energy in your body is calling you to do.
    Keep up the good work Sarah. I’ve said it a million time but I’m so proud of you.

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