Best and Worst: University

Best and Worst: University

As some of you know, I am wrapping up my 4 years of my undergraduate. A lot has happened and I feel like I have grown from these experiences. People often ask me about highlights I have had over my university career. But since I am now doing  a masters in popular culture, I figured I would wrap up my undergrad in the only way I know how… a list.


The paper that I lost. Yes, this happened two days ago and it is going to top my list as one of the worst experiences I have had in university. I had a paper due at midnight and lost the unsaved paper at 10 o’clock pm. while weeping I started re-writing my 40% term paper.

Locked out of my apartment. This has happened not once, but twice over my 4 years. The first time was in my first year when I was in my pj’s, I was forced to walk campus to go get another key to get back in. The second was for three days when my roommate came up to the house, dropped things off, left and locked the door (with my keys inside). Blessed that I could force my friend to let me stay at their place. (I mean, he gave me food poisoning, projectile vomited at our favorite restaurant and basically died.)

Losing friends. I won’t lie, or sugar coat this one. You assume that the friends you make in first year are the friends you will keep forever, but that is not always the case. I made amazing friends in first year that although struggling to keep, I still lost. But you know what they say, if you love something let it go.

My daily naps. Sure it may seem as though I have reverted back to kindergarten, but nothing keeps me more sane than my afternoon siesta.
Tearful goodbyes. I told myself I wouldn’t include my travels, because I always talk about them. But to be 100% honest, it was one of the best experiences of my life and influential to my last year of university. Although I have had to say goodbye to many amazing people, I know it is not goodbye, but until next time.

The semester I took 6 courses. Probably one of the worst decisions of my life, I had no time for anything but school work and how is someone who only wants to watch Netflix expected to be at school all the time.

The nights I don’t remember. This is not me saying I am sloppy, but that there are nights that I genuinely had so much fun that all I can remember are the hours spent on the dance floor with amazing people.

Honestly, my four years of higher education were pretty tame. Barely making deadlines, staying home on Friday nights, and being a true master of none. I am glad to say I’ll be pursing two more years in the crazy whirlwind they call graduate studies, and hopefully with that I will have many new adventures with new challenges. Stay tuned kids, the ride has only just begun.

St.Patty’s Day

…as described by a university student.


 

Recently I was faced with the task of explaining St.Patrick’s Day to a Dutchmen. Why I am writing this is because I am constantly amazed by the things I do as a pop culture student that I don’t even question.
We study traditions and I can’t explain why on the 17th we all get plastered. So here is my attempt to explain st.pattys day.
Everything is green.
I know, it is a weird tradition but everyone goes “Irish” and wears all green.
Tons of beer.
Because going “Irish” only means you drink a shit ton of alcohol. Obviously.
The beer is green.
But in true St. Patty’s Day fashion the beer you are chugging should have at minimum 3 drops of green food colouring in it.
Puking green.
Bonus points to those of you waking up at 3 am wearing an orange wig, wrapped around the toilet, spewing green. (It’s part of the tradition)
Exam tip day.
I could leave out the academic side of the holiday. Every teacher is obligated to act like they have no idea where their class is and then proceed to give out all the exam tips.
But overall, a true test of the willing.
Day keggers, bar crawls, pubs and parties are all there to test your ability to be Irish.
I’ll never understand this holiday or why we wear green, but that doesn’t mean I won’t have at least 1 green beer today.


Happy St. Patty’s Day!

Airports

Airports

Oh  hey, hi there! Yes, I am alive, and yes, I will continue to say that every time I get too caught up in netflix to make a blog post. I recently went on vacation with my family to Florida and after arriving back a day late after spending the day in the Orlando airport.


 

But anyway, back to the focus of this post. I truly love the airport, it is a chance to people watch in a weird global bubble where people are coming and going from places all over the world. However, the airport can be extremely trying at times and so this post is dedicated to just that.
Delays: No matter what class you are, nothing can exempt you from the dreaded delay. Bonus points if you have a connecting flight that you miss or have to run too. However, this can easily be taken as an opportunity for an extended vacation, or at least an afternoon in a city you didn’t expect to hang out in. good for you, ya mighty traveler!

Food: personally, I try not to eat more than a snack at the airport but when you are at the airport for an 11 am flight that gets cancelled, you are slowly pushed to buy an over priced meal that is probably twice what it is worth. *I’ve learned since writing this that Toronto airport has some of the highest taxes on food and purchases, which makes more sense as to why Mc.Don’s dollar menu is creeping upwards of 5$

People: I love people watching (as previously mentioned), but it is particularly confusing why once people enter the airport they tun into haggard beasts with no manners. Like, your flight was delayed 20 minutes, that is no excuse to lay on the floor of the terminal as if the end has come. -and of course as soon as i finished writing this my flight was cancelled and karma kept in Orlando an extra day.

Security: I will never understand this process, it is longer than necessary with people who do not understand what ” empty your pockets” means. This is also the process I find differs the most airport to airport. In Orlando, security is very disorganized and can get out of control. But in Schiphol, security is when you board the plane, which makes for less people but also less chance of missing your flight.

No matter where you are or where you are going , the airport brings exhilaration of an adventure to come that only it can bring. Just know that the airport can come with bumps and isn’t always smooth, but it is always interesting! Happy travels!

-Brittany