At the risk of sounding too “Eat, Pray, Love”…

Long time, no see, U of T! I've been caught up in exams and the culmination of my undergraduate career, and as life goes, the time has just flown by way too quickly. (Exams went well overall, so I am quite pleased). 

Me sitting on the grass on Hart House Lawn
Me at the start of this school year (me now below)

And somehow I landed here at this moment, writing my last post for Life @ UofT and bidding you all a warm farewell. I’m hoping it won’t be too lame or cliché or sentimental, but since I am all of those things it probably will be.

What can I say? I’m feeling the usual emotions one associates with graduation. It’s hitting me all at once - the things I’ve done here, the things I didn’t get to do. If you know me personally, you’ll know I’ve complained relentlessly during my time here. Yet despite the frantic, late-night studying, the vast, overwhelming expanse of the campus, and the inability for the school to host snow days (!!!), I’m still going to miss being here at U of T. It’s served as the backdrop for many of my fondest memories. I’ve fallen in and out of love here, met lovely humans, excellent friends, and learned a lot about myself — a personal education curriculum that wasn’t taught in any of my science courses.

My laptop, earphones, a Starbucks cup, and a bag of Pretzals on a desk at Robarts.
Oh, the studying. So much studying.

I’ve always been a sucker for nostalgia. Naturally it’s going to take me a while to fully accept the end of my U of T undergrad experience, move on, and make room for the next one. I’ll be going to Queen’s in the fall for a Masters program in public policy. I am both nervous and excited at the prospect of leaving Toronto for a wholly different atmosphere. And no I still have no idea what I’m doing after that so your guess is as good as mine.

Shot of the side of Con Hall
Will be seeing a lot less of King's College Circle and Con Hall next year.

I cannot offer any last parting words that have not already been said by my blogging predecessors. So at the risk of sounding too “Eat, Pray, Love”: Enjoy yourself, work hard (but pace yourself), do what you love, ask for help, and take chances during your time here. And also READ THIS BLOG. There is a profoundly large amount of resources to make your time better at UofT.

Me standing in front of a graffiti wall.
Me at the end of fourth year, looking relieved, feeling bittersweet, and gratefully having left behind the front-bang phase I had in first year

My very first post involved Ferris Bueller and so it is only fitting that I end it with such. Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. Still the best advice offered to us from an 80s classic.

And with that, happy summer vacay to all you beautiful people! Whether you’re in summer school, working, jet setting to Bali (in which case I am insanely jealous) or just hanging out, enjoy the sun and the sky and the quiet, peaceful lull we get for a few months between school. Maybe you’ll find me sitting on a patio sipping on that literal and figurative lemonade (CAN WE TALK ABOUT THE NEW BEYONCE ALBUM????), upon which point in time I invite you to come say hi and we can toast to old friends, to all the memories we’ve made at university, and to new beginnings. Cheers, UofT! It's been a slice. Until we meet again! XOXO

Photo of the new Beyonce album cover.
Starting off the summer right with a new Beyonce album and the eager anticipation of seeing her in Toronto on May 25!!! #LEMONADE

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